We’ve never really seen anything like it- super sticky swamp mud. But we did at the Wacasassa River Camp Site yesterday. This stuff is so yucky! Gets on you and you can’t wash it off. Thick like sludge from a burned out Chevy eight cylinder.
We arrived at the end of low tide hoping to find a nice rest spot there. Instead we found a mud filled silver of land between the canal and wetland. The entire ground was wet and pock marked with holes. Fiddler crabs?
Locals or someone else constructed plywood shelves and some sort of rudimentary structure with a roof. It didn’t look safe. Trash everywhere. Leave No Trace? Not here.
Our biggest concern was wondering if this place would flood due to high tide. We waited until after 1900 hrs and the water line came to just below the bank. Saved by 3 inches!!
Setting up the tents was the next order of business. Brand new Marmot Limelight 2PM tents. They’re wonderful. Roomy and sturdy. We’re careful not to get them muddy by trying to find the only spots with a bit of grass.
Next morning the tide was up so we had better luck launching. Still had to work getting some of the mud off our paddle booties. Our cockpits look like…. Well you can imagine.
Today the wind returned in our face and the wave action was up. We found a protected area near a point and sat in the yaks to eat a snack then back got back at it.
Most interesting sight today was the dozens of pelicans dive bombing for fish. We watched in awe for at least 30 minutes as they went into feeding frenzy mode all around us. Pretty neat.
Tonight, we are on a spoil island. There’s firewood here and kindling. We built a fire as soon as we could to dry out clothes since it started raining just before we got here.
We both are cooking dinner inside our tent vestibules since it’s still drizzling. Yes, we’re being careful not to burn down these new tents!
Early to bed. Tomorrow takes us up the windy Crystal River. Our GPS units should get a work out.
Marc and Jim