There were eight of us in all – some with more paddleboard experience than others. After a brief introduction, we hopped on our boards and paddled down the narrow canal to a serene sandbar in the middle of the river. There we stopped and received a rundown from Das on what to expect from the Wekiva River.
The river poses several challenges: gators, sharp turns, and downed logs. Everyone needed to stay alert and help warn others whenever one of these obstacles might arise. “Turkey bumper!” was the agreed upon code word for downed logs in the river. As you might gather, this tour is for those with a healthy sense of adventure, not easily intimidated by a few deterrents.
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After this instruction we were on our way. Das pulled out his waterproof speakers, providing some modern entertainment as we soaked in the gorgeous natural scenery. As we cruised down the river atop our paddleboards, schools of bass floated by beneath our feet, herons hung out on the banks, and turtles hopped off of logs.
We didn’t see any gators on our trip (they never bother tour-goers anyhow), but the “turkey bumpers” were out in force. We all had a good laugh every time it was shouted out, and also when we fell victim to a log that wasn’t spotted. There was more than one instance of a group member taking an unintentional swim in the river (no worries though, the constant 72 degree water is actually refreshing).