Posted by: BillBlackett on Dec-16-11 9:32 AM (EST)
I just returned from the Everglades.
We camped for free the night before our departure at Burns Lake campground about 20 minutes down the road from Everglades City.
I dropped my paddling partner off at the Turner River Canoe access point, drove over to EC where I had pre-arranged a Shuttle driver through Craigslist to take me back to our boat.
The Turner River Canoe Trail was pretty cool for me, as I was in the rear of the canoe. I found path finding through the maze of mangroves to be a fun challenge. My paddling partner on the other hand took at least 100 spider webs to the face, and got 5 of them in his mouth.
Stayed the night on the Crooked Creek Chickee and saw pods of dolphins during the day, and had them "Blow past" our Chickee that night.
There was a small craft advisory in effect, with 16 to 21 MPH winds while we were there, which freaked out my novice paddling partner, and by the time we were half way across Sunday Bay, he was spent.
I figured I'd had a good taste of what the Everglades was like and would be better able to plan a solo trip at a future date, so we turned it around and paddled to our car at EC via the Lopez River and the Causeway Route.
We caught a couple of fish, and saw a whole bunch of wildlife.
Thanks for everyone's responses and pointers.
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