Slept in, Tuesday, July 8. Did not begin the last day walk until 8:00 AM
Catch of the morning
Hidden courtyard behind City Hall, and the Police Department
A huge redfish at the mouth of the Nature's Cove channel. An angler at the dock on the Number 2 Channel said it is legendary.
Kayak rack at Park Place
Half of breakfast. Had clams left for 2 or three more meals during the week.
Checked out, moved the car for the first time since I arrived on Friday afternoon. On the water at 11:35. After a short delay. Tom, the rental guy, asked me if I wanted one of his stickers. Yes I did. Needed to cover up the Green Wave Forum sticker. A group that I was once a member of, but has lost its way.
Lightning cut the paddle short after just over an hour. I could have left, got home early, taken a real shower before work. Or, stay at City Park, watch the Gulf, and have a quick rinse at an outdoor shower.
I choose the later. It never rained. I dodged rain the entire long weekend. The two times I needed no rain, Friday night for the fireworks, Saturday for the long paddle to Seahorse Key and back, it did not rain.
I bought a used kayak in March, 2005 and began sending tales of trips to friends and family. That November, generous friends bought me a camera, Canon Powershot 400, so pictures were added to the tales. January 2007, I was able to add underwater photography, thanks to one of my brothers. I am now on my sixth camera. As of May, 2014, I have a Powershot 115 IS.
When I began kayaking in 2005, I would search the Internet for paddling information, trip reports, and practical advice. I hope this site adds to your knowledge and enjoyment.
My home in Winter Park, FL,north of Orlando,allows easy access to both coasts and all the spring fed rivers in between. Many Tales are day trips. No overnight stay required.
I welcome your comments and will try to respond to any questions you may have. If you are in, or plan to visit Key West, call my brother, Andy Cannon, at 305-748-0728. If it floats, flies, fishes, swims, scubas, snorkels or sails, Andy can arrange your tour, rental or self-guided adventure.