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We started off from the Old Wooden Bridge Fishing Camp on Big Pine Key and paddled across to No Name Key. From there we went down the west coast of No Name then hooked around into the south bay of the key.
Along the way we saw a few derilict boats, one of them almost completly submerged. A few of the kids got out and stood on top of it which made them look like they were standing on water. Further down the coast, there was a beached sailboat that had a few schools of fish in the cabin.
After getting to the south point of No Name, we paddled up into a small bay were there we saw tons of jellyfish floating in the water. We wanted to explore the bay further, but our schedule didn't permit us the latitude, so we turned around and headed back to Big Pine Key.
On the paddle back, we ran into some very shallow water because the tide was going out. A few of the tandems came close to getting stuck, but after a few tense minutes of "shallow paddling" we got the group back into deeper water without incident.
On the trip we saw a lot of birds: Frigates, some white and brown Pelicans, and a few Herons/Egrets walking around in the woods on No Name. Some of the kids also saw a small nurse shark.
Interesting history note from our guide: No Name Key is where the CIA had a training camp in the early 1960's. It is said that this is where they trained Cuban nationals as assassians during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
All of the kids had a great time, and Captain Bill and his crew were great to work with. I wish we could have spent some more time paddling there, but we had tons of more Spring Break activities to do.
PFD's (Life Jackets)