Alternate Route Blues

Jim and I have been following the ICW since we thought the Gulf route was way too dicey to attempt considering the weather.

This section is more protected but offers a different set of challenges. Namely finding suitable camp spots.

We were lucky last night. Finding a nice small beach with a sandy plateau we pitched our tents on. The sand here is stickier and the biting gnats are out in force.

The head nets came out and ThermaCell insect appliance too. First time we used it. Amazing! Within 10-15 minutes the bugs were gone.

There was a steady drizzle today and the wind was moderate. Still easier to paddle here. We were both bummed that there was absolutely no suitable camps spots along this stretch. Heck you couldn’t even land for a rest break. No worries. We floated and ate in the yaks.

We only saw 3 big cabin cruisers today. The channel is small here so wakes are a problem. The first boat passed at full throttle producing a gigantic wake. Felt like we were back in the Gulf. We both survived without flipping. A plus.

The next two cruisers passed and actually slowed down of us. Now that’s considerate yachtsman-ship.

Tonight we’re under a pavilion in what’s best described as a City Park. A couple of yachts have moored here too to spend night.

Tomorrow’s another rainy day.

Marc and Jim.


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10 Responses to Alternate Route Blues

  1. Lisa says:

    My first opportunity to sit down and catch up with what’s going on with ya’ll. Wind in ur face…bwahahaha. That wont change. Part of the reason I attempted when I did was hoping for winds more in our favor. NEVER HAPPENS. Fair warning. My favorite is when you actually hit the high 20’s and low 30’s. Stay strong and I hope to meet u guys in January! Peace…….Lisa

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