I did the half day photographers tour with Kenny Boyd in early dec and it was absolutely lovely and one of my favourite things to do on this trip. As I was the only customer Kenny was relaxed about timing and I met him at Katie's Landing (a Florida State Parks set up - with parking, toilet, info brochures, coke vending machine) at 8am. How luxurious is this tour?! I sat up front with camera in hand and Kenny did all the work! YAY!
we did the wekiva river in two parts - the first was this broad open water way with lots of little islands, old original houses and the underwater springs. The second part was in a more overgrown, narrow, small brooks and inlets type area. Both areas had different fauna and flora and there was plenty of both! Saw heaps of birds, turtles, a few alligators including a young bald eagle, a kingfisher, limpkin along with plenty of turkey vultures, blue heron, grebs, wood ducks, water hen, egrets etc etc
Kenny was exceptionally knowledgeable - shared heaps of info about the history of the river, the lifestyle and the fauna and flora. He knew where the gaters hang out, where the eagles have been and was great at spotting. He was very relaxed and pleasant - I was vey happy to spend those hours on the river with him.
About 45 mins - 1 hour drive from Disney (depends on traffic when passing downtown Orlando). $3 parking fee and I paid $110 for the tour. Bring your own drinks and snacks - Kenny brings a small cooler with ice to store. he also had sunscreen and bug repellant but in early december neither were needed. (no bugs!!)
Finally in considering the millions of people who go to the theme parks every year - and I have no idea how many thousands I left behind at WDW - I was pleasantly surprised to discover that our kayak was the only one out on the river! alone the entire time! We only met 1 other passing small boat.
The river is protected so it is quite clean and in a good state - looked after - and there is abundant bird life. Such a happy making way to spend half a day - quietly gliding around in the tranquility and beautiful natural setting - not a landscaper in sight!
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