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    Senior Member olzeke's Avatar
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    Hanging on the Wilderness Waterway

    I just got back from a Florida trip where we kayaked 103 miles from Everglades City to Flamingo. We used chickees at Crooked Creek, Oyster Bay, and South Joe. We also used ground sites at Darwin's Place, Lostman's Five, Willy Willy, Broad River, and Graveyard Creek. I was able to find a spot to hang the hammock at all of the ground sites except Darwin's and Lostman's. The chickees are platforms with 4 x 4s supporting the roof, so I hung from them.



    9 days of paddling, 8 nights, and we had near mirror water the entire time except for crossing a few large bays. Even there, the water was not bad. I FBC'd my dinners and breakfasts, while eating bars, jerky, and nuts for lunches. Bugs were really bad at Broad River and Graveyard, but otherwise were tolerable.

    We usually had such easy paddling that we were at the next campsite after about 4 hours of travel. We made most sites by about 1 PM, leaving the afternoon for short exploratory excursions.



    Contrary to those road crossing signs where you never see a deer or an elk, we saw alligators in Alligator Creek, a shark at Shark Point, and Oysters in Oyster Bay. However, the Swedish Bikini team did not show up at Broad River.

    I saw many gators, some only 18 inches long, and others near 12 ft. Birds, and turtles too numerous to count, and the single 4 ft sand shark as it cruised alongside my 'yak. Luckily, I was standing onshore reaching into my 'yak when he cruised by. Sure did make the fish jumpy.



    BB in the background

    I will say that this year, Jan was much better weather than what I had last March. Made for a much nicer trek.




    Rest of the pics here:

    http://s769.beta.photobucket.com/use...rglades%202013
    Last edited by olzeke; 02-03-2013 at 22:53. Reason: added rest of album

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    Wow, nice report and AMAZING pics. I enjoy kayak camping - thanks for feeding my winter craving!
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    i always enjoy camping along the water. great pics. thanks for sharing!

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    Wonderful report

    So many go to the Everglades and never see it. You lived it!
    Did you carry enough fresh water or use a desalinator?

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    Senior Member olzeke's Avatar
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    We carried 8 gallons each, for the 9 days. Ended up only using 4 each. I edited the post to add the rest of the pics in the album linked at the end.

    My favorite. Look closely in the shadows at the bottom, and you can see my reflection as I leaned out over the chickee to get the shot of my partner's bow.


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    That was an amazing trip
    Thanks for sharing
    Koh

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    Looks like a great time, thanks for sharing your trip
    "I love not man the less, but Nature more."
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    Nice trip report. Thank you for the link to more picts.
    Now I want to get my Yak out.
    O&B
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    Great report and you pictures are most excellent!

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    That looks awesome... Makes me want a yak... But I'm not sure there is a place big enough to store one except over the top of the tv or over the couch in the living room...
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