I started doing this series in reverse from #10 so that I could paddle downstream. For a run-down on how I planned the trip, look at my log for "Anclote #10 - The Deck".
As I headed downstream to #1 in the series, I discovered that the sheet I had written the GPS coordinates on was gone. So I was just paddling downstream looking for some part of the river that could be described as "Shady". Luckily, the spot stood out and I found the cache easily even without any aid from the GPS.
This was the last cache in the series for me - ending a 4 hour trip downstream on the Anclote. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. I could have gone further except for my sore behind, which seemed to give out long before my back and shoulder muscles. I was surprised that I didn't pass any other people on the river today, considering it was beautiful Saturday for this type of thing. My bike was still locked up at the bridge, so I pedaled back to my car and then came back to get the kayak. As I pulled along side the road west of the Perrine Ranch Road bridge, there was a State Wildlife Officer truck parked there. Walking down the trail to the river, I saw the Officer standing there looking at my kayak - and I knew he didn't come to admire it. We exchanged greetings, and he said it wasn't a good idea to leave it there because vagrants frequent the area under the bridge. I explained that I had only been gone a short time, and he was good with that. He even offered to help carry my kayak up to the car and load it. A most courteous and respectful young lad, I must say. I thanked him, but declined his offer of help. Before he left, I asked if it was okay to park along the road. He said it was okay since there weren't any "No Parking" signs - and said there are sometimes as many as half dozen cars and trucks parked there on weekends. Of course keep in mind that a State Wildlife Officer may have a different opinion of things than the Pasco Sheriff's Office.
As mentioned in my log for "Anclote #10 - The Deck", it's good I didn't try this as a round trip. After 4 hours paddling down stream finding caches, I would have been going against the current, against the tide, and against the wind, to get back to my starting point. It's unlikely I would have made it back by sunset, and there's no place between here and there to take the kayak out - it's an all or nothing stretch of the river between Perrine Ranch Road and "Crack in the House of Trees". And that 'ole river would be a scary place after dark. If you're going to do the whole series as a round trip, it would be best to get started early in the day.
This entry was edited by paulherman on Saturday, 18 September 2010 at 17:34:59.