I would like a kayaking partner/s to join me in ENP. I have some experience there as my wife and I paddled our canoe there last year. I often kayak camp on the coast of SC and have the gear. I could do this on my own, but feel it is wiser to have company. I am flexible as to the dates between now and mid March. So if you are inclined let me know. We can work out the details then.
I thought I might join a guided trip but a 5 day runs about $800. I already have the gear and know how and would rather use that kind of money on something else. I was born in FL and know much of the natural history.
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Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-15-14 5:06 PM (EST)
Take some sort of communication device like a PLB or SPOT and a VHF radio.
Yeah I may just do that|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-15-14 6:41 PM (EST)
But my better half thinks a bit differently.
Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-15-14 8:09 PM (EST)
maybe this will help those at home.. and you in the unlikely event of a mishap. SPOT rental
It has been on my list|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-16-14 1:55 PM (EST)
Wish I could join you|
Posted by: Kayak_Ken on Jan-16-14 9:53 AM (EST)
but until I retire I can't get enough time off to do a trip like that.
Sounds like a plan.|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-16-14 2:06 PM (EST)
Ken I may join you for a weekend in the swamp camping.Do you have a weekend in mind? Canoe or kayak? The Okefenokee is one of the places I have wanted to do. I have paddled some on tbe Swanee River in FL.
Most of February is open for me|
Posted by: Kayak_Ken on Jan-16-14 3:21 PM (EST)
Here are two overnight trips from Kingfisher Landing.
Ken I'll email you. Enjoyed the photos.|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-16-14 4:13 PM (EST)
Posted by: castoff on Jan-16-14 5:03 PM (EST)
Looks like my email went to me from Pnet. So you may have to click on the email option and email me. If that doesn't work I'll post my email address for you.
You would do much better|
Posted by: jackL on Jan-16-14 6:53 PM (EST)
to meet up with some one you know and are familiar with, like from around your neck of the woods, and then the two of you can plan a trip together.
We will be looping out of EC|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-16-14 7:27 PM (EST)
Jan 31-Feb 8. Probably go as far as Lostmans 5 and explore as far inland as possible.. also Charley Creek and some keys NW of EC.
Thank you for your offer.|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-17-14 11:31 AM (EST)
This might work out time wise as I hope to paddle with KayakKen the weekend of Feb 8th in the Okefenokee. So would not be with y'all the entire time. I don't want to impose on your trip so do not feel obligated.
We will be in canoes|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-17-14 12:14 PM (EST)
both solo.. a Rapid Fire and a Monarch. We will spend considerable time on the Gulf and as little on the Wilderness Waterway as we can.
Do you use spray covers for the solos?|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-17-14 5:06 PM (EST)
How about kayak or canoe paddles for the gulf?
Keep in mind that in the gulf,....|
Posted by: jackL on Jan-17-14 5:42 PM (EST)
as well as in White Water Bay and a few other places you can have mill pond conditions, and at other times raging gales with three, four, and five foot white caps. It is always a crap shoot, so you need to be prepaired for the worst possible conditions.
Ditto that Jack|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-18-14 11:43 AM (EST)
Last year in a small bay we were hit by high wind and 1-2 foot waves while paddling our MR explorer 16 out to Lane Bay chicky in ENP. That is why I asked about a spray cover (which I do not have). I just acquired my solo canoes this last spring so do not have much experience with them in rough open water yet. Though years ago when I was much younger I played with my Mowhawk fiberglass tandem in the FL surf. It was a bear to handle and empty when capsized.
You are right Jack|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-17-14 11:18 AM (EST)
But, I couldn't get my regular paddling partners to go as they have work obligations. I am fairly easy to get along with, and flexible, but I know what you mean about different expectations and capabilities.
Come to the Edistoe just to meet ....|
Posted by: jackL on Jan-17-14 5:44 PM (EST)
some of the good people that we meet there each year and have become good friends with-----Providing that the water level is up
I would want to paddle too!|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-18-14 11:45 AM (EST)
Of course. I didn't mean for you not to.|
Posted by: jackL on Jan-18-14 4:34 PM (EST)
Prior to the race shoot me an e-mail and we will let you know the river level and if it is advisable to do it or not.
will do it sounds fun|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-18-14 5:40 PM (EST)
Decided to put off the Glades|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-25-14 12:51 PM (EST)
Instead I will paddle the Okefenokee. Thanks for everyones input.
get or make a spray cover|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-25-14 5:47 PM (EST)
before you go on the Gulf. I have paddled the Peregrine in two foot chop..and its quite different from two foot chop in other areas as the Everglades water is so shallow and the fetch can be huge. Without a spray cover its a crapshoot involving paddling very early..before daybreak. With the spray cover, so very much more secure.
My plans were to bring either the kayak |
Posted by: castoff on Jan-25-14 6:58 PM (EST)
I built or my North Shore Buccaneer for paddling the Gulf. I wasn't looking to impose on others, just looking for someone to paddled with me.
Posted by: Bhote on Feb-05-14 10:45 AM (EST)
Bhote I sent you an email|
Posted by: castoff on Feb-05-14 12:48 PM (EST)
I have the coast of SC in my plans this|
Posted by: string on Feb-07-14 10:56 PM (EST)
year. We will be at Litchfield for a week in July. My favorite places to paddle are around Bull Island and the Waccamaw/Edisto.Maybe we can get together.
just got back from the Okefenokee|
Posted by: castoff on Feb-10-14 2:39 PM (EST)
I will email you today or tomorrow. Kayak Ken said his canoe, cover, and carbon ZRE he bought from you.Got anymore good deals! We had a good time paddling the swamp.