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  paddlin' vacation swap
  Posted by: tdaniel on Aug-22-13 10:35 PM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Aug-24-13 12:32 PM EST --

I'm looking to expand my paddling horizon. My backyard is good- the new river in wv but I'm looking to do something new to me like protected coastal paddling, or just see a different part of the country. So if ya want to come to southern wv sometime and try your hand at some class II, III whitewater then I can hook you up- shuttles, trip leading, informal tips, even boats like duckies, ww kayaks, and rafts and a place to stay. In return I'd like to explore some new places, and have someone share with me their expertise and resources. Sounds like a win-win to me.

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  Great idea
  Posted by: davbart on Aug-24-13 6:56 PM (EST)
I can't help you, but I think idea of "paddle trip swap" is a good one.
  yeah, I think it makes sense
  Posted by: tdaniel on Aug-24-13 10:19 PM (EST)
I take a lot of people out on the water in ducks, kayaks, and rafts but it would be nice to get the same opportunity somewhere else.

I haven't done any coastal paddling so that would truly be a new experience for me, or been to Boundary Waters or Algonquin, and the only river I've done in the Ozarks is the Current and I know there's a lot more rivers there that I would enjoy. Also the spring fed rivers in Florida would be nice to get away to in the cooler months. I'm trying to include my wife more in my paddling adventures.
  If you would like to paddle the coast
  Posted by: castoff on Aug-25-13 5:07 PM (EST)
In SC you can email me. We have the longest stretch of undeveloped coast on the eastern seaboard. Checkout the trip to Capers Island that at REI they have a short video about their trip which they charge about $750 to join. If you join the sea kayak Charleston meetup group you can checkout my photos on the members list and see some of photos of the area. Sea Kayak Carolina also has info about the area.

Depending on what you want to do we can primitive camp on the beach, or stay at a developed camp ground. I have seen big loggerhead turtles, bottle nose dolphin, eagles, gators, etc. We can do some surfing, exploring, paddle the marsh, ocean, Charleston harbor, vist abandoned lighthouses etc. In fact if some other pnetters want to join in it might be fun. Cost would be your share of gas, food, etc. I am not a guide nor would want any compensation, but do know the area and lots about the critters and history, and places to eat and see.

I live about 3 hours inland near Columbia, SC and always looking for an excuse to paddle the coast. I have two sea kayaks, paddles and camping gear. All you need to do is decide if you want to paddle here. I am retired but late September and early October will be bowhunting. What dates would work for you.

Oh yeah be aware the bugs can be bad after dark, or off the beach in the trees during the day, or if the wind is very still in warm weather. If paddling after October drysuits or wetsuits are a very good idea. As the water in mid winter can be in the 40s and low 50s.
  I see you mention FL springs
  Posted by: castoff on Aug-25-13 5:24 PM (EST)
I grew up in FL. This winter my wife and I paddled our canoe in the Everglades and Juniper springs. We also did some kayaking on the Suwannee River a year ago. I am hoping to go back again this year. If your wife wants to paddle with you here in SC I have access to another sea kayak.

The salt marsh is a protected coastal paddle and Capers Island is about a 6 mile marsh paddle. Be aware that there can be some strong winds at times, and it is a good idea to paddle with the tide just like paddling down stream rather than up stream.
  sounds like the beginning of a plan,
  Posted by: tdaniel on Aug-25-13 10:16 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Aug-26-13 6:51 PM EST --

I teach reading at an elementary school, the coast is a bit far from wv for a weekend during the school year, but Congaree might be doable. I could be up for coastal paddling over thanksgiving break- we get a week off to accommodate the deer hunters.

Other times include Christmas Break, Martin Luther King Day Weekend and Spring Break. Summer works the best for paddling trips since I'm off. My wife is a fair weather paddler but I break out the drysuit in the winter.

I'll email ya.

  Usually on the US West Coast or Reno
  Posted by: tsunamichuck1 on Aug-25-13 8:37 PM (EST)
Tahoe area. Have extra kayaks/gear for touring
  Perhaps I can help....
  Posted by: tjalmy on Aug-25-13 9:23 PM (EST)
I'm not sure about the details of what you are looking for, but protected coastal paddles and Florida spring runs are pretty much what we do.
I do have extra boats, and perhaps it would encourage your wife to know that my wife paddles all the time with me. We'd be happy to introduce you to our neck of the woods.
For my part, I've always wanted to further explore West Virginia. I pass through a bit of it on Rt.81 quite often, but never taking time to stop and explore.
Shoot me an e-mail, and maybe we can work out the details.
  thanks for all the offers and help
  Posted by: tdaniel on Aug-27-13 10:56 PM (EST)
I'll email you and we'll come up with a plan. Feel free to email me if you have a specific timeframe when you're interested paddling in southern wv.
  Paddling trip network needed
  Posted by: WaterBird on Aug-29-13 6:08 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Aug-29-13 6:10 PM EST --

There is a network of bike tourists---Warm who offer lodging, tent space, and other kinds of support to cyclists passing through. I have hosted cyclists and just last week used the website to find a wonderful host for a weekend trip. These have been great experiences.

It would be great to have a similar website for kayak trippers. Could that be done here at pnet? I would gladly host kayakers (at least give them tent space on my lawn and other support) and tell them about the paddling and camping places I know in my area. I would also really like to get to know other areas with local paddlers (Quebec, Ontario, northern Maine). After driving a long distance at the start of a trip it would be good to have a safe place to camp for the first night and to get information from a local person. I would also be interested in guiding (I use that word loosely; I'm not a guide)---visitors and being guided by a local person for camping trips.

Anyone interested in making this happen at pnet? Go here for a model:

Yes, there are undoubtedly safety concerns, but there are other organizations that manage to overcome these.

  Posted by: tjalmy on Aug-29-13 9:44 PM (EST)
I think it a good idea, worthy of it's own thread to catch more attention. We have met quite a few P-nutters, and would like to meet more.
  Winter Paddling Vacation Swap
  Posted by: mjamja on Aug-30-13 2:40 PM (EST)
If you are interested in a nice winter trip I would be happy to show you around the Corpus Christi, Tx area. I have done this for a couple of P-netters. Nov through Jan are our best paddling months. We have paddling on a couple of coastal rivers, in a large bay, on an extensive protected lagoon system between the Gulf of Mexico and the mainland, and finally in the Gulf of Mexico itself.

Most of the time we can manage loaner boats, but if not we have access to some fairly inexpensive rentals of good quality touring kayaks.

Just e-mail me if you are interested.

  wow, thanks for all the offers,
  Posted by: tdaniel on Sep-01-13 9:39 AM (EST)
now I'll discuss with the wife the possibilities and see what sounds appealing to her. Also note, that the original idea was to give "the host" the same opportunity in my neck of the woods. So feel free to pursue that.


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