Different kind of wish list
Posted by: pikabike on Nov-26-13 3:44 PM (EST)
'Tis the season for goodie wish lists to pop up all over boards such as this one. My list contains some different items, any of which might be fulfilled while paddling or during other outdoor activity.
In no particular order:
* To hear the munchinesque "owl-omelet" call of the longtailed duck, formerly known as the oldsquaw. I've seen them a few times but never heard the intriguing call.
* To dip my paddle in water laden with bioluminescent creatures who blaze my signature (or whatever!) in the blade's swath. Preferably while NOT freezing my arse, hands, feet, or face in the search for them.
* To see gray whales migrating.
* To see spinner dolphins spinning (this would require traveling a long distance).
* To be surrounded by sea otters floating on their backs while crunching their shelly lunches.
* To be eyed by an octopus.
* And, of course, a slew of strictly paddling-related wishes related to skills or understanding of natural phenomena, which I won't list now because it's, ummm, not as interesting as listing cool wildlife stuff.
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- Different kind of wish list - pikabike - Nov-26-13 3:44 PM
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Not a wish list, but on my bucket list|
Posted by: JackL on Nov-29-13 8:53 AM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Nov-29-13 8:57 AM EST --
1. To explore the hidden lagoon on Barnes Key which is in the Gulf about eight miles off the middle Florida Keys. We need a high tide to get into it, and plenty of time, so we are planning on overnight camping on another Key close by.
We are guessing no one has been there for years, since the surrounding waters are too shallow for power boats. ( Hopefully next month)
2. To explore the Barracuda Keys which are way out off the Lower Florida Keys. There are eight of them, and we paddled by two a few years ago. I am sure this is where we will find a treasure chest half buried in the shallows ! Once again, the surrounding waters are too shallow for power boats (some time in the next few months)
3. To paddle to a few of the off shore reef lights on the Atlantic side of the Keys (some time in the next few months)
4 To explore Black Caesar's Creek and explore the Totten Keys. Legend has it and also from a good local source, some where around there is where the pirate buried his loot, ((although the local source who was born and brought up south of Biscayne Bay gave up looking a long time ago, but he had a outboard, and couldn't get into the shallows) -Some time within the next few months
5. To do a five or six night circular camping trip in the Everglades using a portion of the Wilderness water way that we haven't done before -Some time within the next few months.
Lots more, but these are priority
By the way we got to look that octopus in the eye last year when we were launching our kayaks on the south west side of Big Pine Key, and Nanci reached down to untangle what she thought was a piece of sea weed around her ankle that turned out to be a good sized octopus
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Not to change the subject, but..|
Posted by: JackL on Dec-06-13 8:38 PM (EST)
I thought I would let you know , we paddled out of Cedar Key today with friends Nick and Sandra.
They seem to know everyone in Cedar Key.
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Posted by: daggermat on Dec-07-13 6:44 AM (EST)
I want to hike with my son again. Our last hike together was Mt. St. Helens last august when he was on liberty. Ideally Rainier or in the Rockies, but the Whites would work as well.
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I have an image of that manatee sculptur|
Posted by: pikabike on Dec-08-13 1:30 PM (EST)
in Cedar Key, in front of a restaurant, with the golden sun slanting on its face.
Funny what things remain in the memory so strongly.
Glad to hear you are all enjoying the southerly warmth, or at least relative warmth. We are in a deep freeze here, an unusually long and cold spell. I have not paddled since temps went below freezing during the daytime.
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