Martin Lake is a natural body of water within a cypress-tupelo swamp known as the Cypress Island Preserve and includes a waterbird rookery area. It's a beautiful spot with lots of bald cypress and tupelo trees, water birds and alligators.
We paddled in and out of the swamp area enjoying the cypress trees. I was amazed at the size of the lily pads.
and water plants
This guy was enjoying the sun and didn't seem to bothered about me getting too close, but I was just a little concerned. Earlier in the day something big jump out of the water next to me and gave me a start. I could only see it out of the corner of my eye so I'm not sure it was a alligator, but it was big enough to be. It was pretty big though!
We all had a great afternoon lazily paddling along on the shores of the lake and through the cypress.
Swamp tours are given every day, but I think we all saw much more on our three hour paddle.
Tomorrow, Joel needs to get to work and put back together the Big House where he took off the wheel to get to the fuel fill line. The fuel fill hose had a big crack in it from wear. The hose was nearly five feet long and it will be a job to get it to fit and bend around to where it needs to be. . He has found the proper hose to install, its just a matter of getting it done, and I'm sure he is tired of people asking what the problem is.