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Kayaking “The Chaz” in Homosassa, FL

We couldn’t wait to get out on the water again with our new Sea Eagle kayaks. Today, we headed out early to the Chassahowitzka River, a/k/a, “The Chaz” for obvious reasons. It’s actually not that hard to pronounce: chazawachassowts..chazzoowith… chazowitsk…oh, forget it.

“Chaz-wits-kuh”

Anyway, it is a river fed from a series of freshwater springs that also meets with the Gulf of Mexico at about the 7mi. marker which we did not quite make it to on this trip. Cut us some slack, we are still getting acquainted with our watercraft. The river runs along a National Wildlife Refuge, a 31,000+ acre refuge that was created in 1943 as a winter preserve for migratory waterfowl. We had heard that on a good day we might be able to see some manatee that come inland when the Gulf waters get cold (below 70 deg) to the river that stays a consistent 72 deg all year.

We got unloaded and into the water and barely left the ramp before we saw a couple of manatees swimming around. Kylee was so thrilled to see these graceful water cows swimming under our kayak. 

After spending some time with the manatees we decided to go explore some of the natural springs that feed the chaz. The water was crystal clear and in the summer these springs are a popular swimming hole.

We proceeded up the river and were thoroughly enjoying our time on the water. We did not see any gators on this river but we did see some fantastic birds.

          My favorite find today was this Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron.
                                                             Wood Stork
                                                      Brown Pelicans

Needless to say, we are thoroughly enjoying our new kayaks! There is an entire different world to be explored that can only be seen from the water. Plus, it’s great exercise that I really need now that I am on the road and not playing basketball 2-3 times per week like I was at home. But, it is hard work and sometimes we want to just relax on the water and cover a lot of ground and see as much as we can see. So, I have come up with a plan…I’m going to rig our kayaks with trolling motors.  My next post will be about this project. My motors have been ordered and should be here this week…so check back if you are curious how I am going to attach motors to inflatable kayaks!