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    Quote Originally Posted by theseakayaker View Post
    Yea, I was looking at the "lake" on the map. I think two strokes in my Gulfstream and I would be on the other bank...in the trees! Are the rivers up? I have a whole fleet of sea kayaks to choose from, fiberglass and rotomold, but the main squeeze is my fiberglass Gulfstream and it's allergic to rocks. Any shoals or WW runs on the river or is it wide open?

    Anyone up for a trip to the coast for some open water paddling?

    I also noticed on the State Parks site, there is a outdoor shooting range in Ocala. Anyone know if it's close to Buck Lake? I may tiptoe over and get some practice in.

    Also, what's the deal on the Head? "Vaulted toilets"? Is this like a toilet that you have to do the high jump to get to? Should I bring my own privy or is that allowed on park property?

    A 'vault' toilet is a non flushing toilet. Imagine a toilet seat over a big hole in the ground.

    I'm not sure about the shooting range, I've not been shooting since my Army marksmanship qualification days.

    Last year the kayak trips that were planned were:

    Alexander springs run - wide easy paddle

    Juniper Springs WMA paddle - Longer and tighter paddle

    Silver River Paddle - This paddle was up stream, but well worth it. I think we saw at least 100 monkeys.

    I haven't heard from ItsAndy but I suspect something similar is planned this year.

    Hope that helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by theseakayaker View Post
    Yea, I was looking at the "lake" on the map. I think two strokes in my Gulfstream and I would be on the other bank...in the trees! Are the rivers up? I have a whole fleet of sea kayaks to choose from, fiberglass and rotomold, but the main squeeze is my fiberglass Gulfstream and it's allergic to rocks. Any shoals or WW runs on the river or is it wide open?

    Anyone up for a trip to the coast for some open water paddling?

    I also noticed on the State Parks site, there is a outdoor shooting range in Ocala. Anyone know if it's close to Buck Lake? I may tiptoe over and get some practice in.

    Also, what's the deal on the Head? "Vaulted toilets"? Is this like a toilet that you have to do the high jump to get to? Should I bring my own privy or is that allowed on park property?
    I'd love to do an open water paddle but I'm flying and will be borrowing a strip boat from itsandy. So I'll stick to the rivers that he has trips planned for the hang activities. They are Juniper Springs, Silver Springs and maybe Alexander Springs. Juniper Springs has a little current nothing like WW but gave a few not use to current a challenge last year. Fiberglass will do well on these rivers too.

    The toilets are standard chemical toilets and are well maintained so no need to bring your own privy.
    Love many, trust few & always paddle your own canoe. American Proverb

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.D. Cakes View Post
    I'd love to do an open water paddle but I'm flying and will be borrowing a strip boat from itsandy. So I'll stick to the rivers that he has trips planned for the hang activities. They are Juniper Springs, Silver Springs and maybe Alexander Springs. Juniper Springs has a little current nothing like WW but gave a few not use to current a challenge last year. Fiberglass will do well on these rivers too.

    The toilets are standard chemical toilets and are well maintained so no need to bring your own privy.
    Raising my hand high. Winding current kayak challenged!
    Looking forward to the Silver Springs paddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by islander View Post
    Raising my hand high. Winding current kayak challenged!
    Looking forward to the Silver Springs paddle.
    Gumbo & I are definitely up for Silver Spring again. Or SOMEWHERE! We don't get out nearly enough.
    We'll bring a tandem if someone would like to join us. It's a simple, stable recreation SOT. Perfect for novices. Send me a PM if you're interested. Not that you need to make reservations or anything like that, but if nobody expresses an interest, I won't load it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theseakayaker View Post
    Also, what's the deal on the Head? "Vaulted toilets"? Is this like a toilet that you have to do the high jump to get to? Should I bring my own privy or is that allowed on park property?
    Here's a pic of the vaulted toilet at Buck Lake(Don't ask why I have a picture of a vaulted toilet...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilricky View Post
    Here's a pic of the vaulted toilet at Buck Lake(Don't ask why I have a picture of a vaulted toilet...)
    lilricky, why on earth do you have a picture of the vaul.... never mind
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    Here's a pic of the vaulted toilet at Buck Lake(Don't ask why I have a picture of a vaulted toilet...)
    "Dear Mom,
    Having fun at camp! Here is a photo of my new best friend."

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    Kayak fever

    The kayak contingent last year looked like they were having sooo much fun last year that I got one for myself.

    I'm looking forward to joining the fray this year.

    Save me a place
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinder View Post
    The kayak contingent last year looked like they were having sooo much fun last year that I got one for myself.

    I'm looking forward to joining the fray this year.

    Save me a place
    That's awesome Grinder. It will be good to see you again.
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