We drove the 2 hours down to the Canoe Outpost in Arcadia, to start our adventure. There, we met up with the Taylor family, rented canoes, and borrowed sifters and shovel heads to help with our sharks teeth hunt. The Canoe Outpost bus drove us to Brownville Park where we launched the canoes. From Brownville back to the Arcadia dock was an 8 mile, leisurely, half day paddle.
The day was a bit cool to start with, but turned out to be gorgeous and just the right temperature. Lots of animals were out soaking up sun along the river banks. We saw too many turtles to count, two snakes and six alligators along the way, ranging in size from little to one huge 6 foot gator.
These were the little guys. The gators stayed away from us and we stayed away from them. They were not on the banks of the shallow water we waded in to look for sharks teeth.
The best part of this trip was getting out and playing in the shallow water. My boys liked looking for sharks teeth but also enjoyed catching fish and playing in the water with their friends.
To find sharks teeth, we looked for shallow areas that had black rocks or sand. Dylan and I found one large tooth. It was broken but we were still extremely excited about our big find.
|Cutie pie Dylan in the middle of our canoe|
|Allana and Jared in their own canoe|
Denise's daughter and Jared had their own canoe this time. They did a fantastic job paddling on their own. They zigzagged the river a little but moved at a fast pace. Jared put his boy scout merit badge to good use on this canoe trip. Jared only ran Allana under one low lying tree that resulted in a spider in their boat (my only fear when canoeing).
About a mile before we reached the unloading dock in Arcadia, we passed under a train trestle. We heard a train coming in the distance so waited and got a super view of the train crossing the tracks above the river.
We found about 35 sharks teeth and had a fun family day outside with friends. Our big shark tooth was 2 inches tall! I'm so happy to be creating wonderful memories with my boys.
Do you have a great location for finding sharks teeth in Florida?