Leaving Dallus Creek camp site this morning was a challenge. Low tide! We had to wait a couple hours for the water to flood in and even then had to drag our yaks through calf deep muck. Ever do that? The suction created by your shoes sinking into the mud is so strong you can barely pull your legs out.
The next danger is avoiding shallow oyster beds that dot the coastline here. They are very sharp and can do significant damage to your hull. So the answer is to paddle straight out to deep water. I suspect at times we’re out between 4-5 miles offshore. Yeehaw!
We did not stop for lunch on hopes this stop would be a “Nero” day. A day we have extra time to do chores since we arrive early.
The trick for us now is spotting the creek channel that leads into Steinhatchee. I’m getting really good at operating the GPS for operations like this. It makes a big difference. Even better is being able to spot places you can cut off to make a shortcut. You have to be careful that your path doesn’t lead into a dead end marsh.
As we turn toward the town, the wave action and wind kick up. We’ve seen worse. I constantly edge my yak to maintain course.
The guidebook recommends the Sea Hag Marina as a stop over. They have rooms to rent but not easy kayak access. Gus knows another place across the creek.
It’s now called the Good Time Marina. They have a ramp! The new owners are Dawn and Martin, great people who are very kayak friendly. They are even hosting a kayak jamboree here next year.
To our surprise we meet two people while here. Carol West who is from Suwannee and is expecting to host us when we get there. Carol has been following our adventure and we really appreciate the offer. We should be there in a couple days.
Next is Liz Sparks, the Paddle Trail Coordinator for the State of Florida. Liz has been so active in the paddling community. It’s good to have passionate folks like her who strive to improve the paddling experience throughout the state.
Well that’s it for now. Have to go was clothes, pack, and prepare for another day. Early launch too so we can beat the incoming tide.
(L-R) Marc, Liz Sparks, and Jim