The upper Wacissa River was on my radar the other day and I saw three other boats. Three! A kayak and two canoes. That's because I ventured to the headsprings just east of Tallahassee after work during the week, taking advantage of the long days of late summer/early fall. I had almost two hours of blissful, quiet paddling, and I had the 42-foot deep Big Blue, the largest spring along the river, all to myself.
Along the shorelines, the wild rice was tall and in full seed. Cypress needles were showing the first hints of fall. In a couple of months, they will turn a rusty gold.
Birds are almost always abundant on the Wacissa and they did not disappoint. Herons, egrets and ibis were all present along with kingfishers, red-shouldered hawks and calling barred owls. Bullfrogs bellowed, cicadas whirred in the treetops, small alligators cruised through the water weeds, and a brown water snake was wrapped around a cypress root. There was much to see and hear.
So, cheat your work week routine. Take advantage of extended daylight hours before winter comes upon us, and explore our local attractions. And if you venture to the wild Wacissa River, you won't be disappointed.
For an online guide and map, click here. Also, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has recently put together a complete guide to the Wacissa, Aucilla and Econfina Rivers for only $5.