There’s something tranquil about the undulating motion of ocean swells under a kayak. It throws you into a trance and causes every fiber of your mind and body to go numb.
What a perfect paddle day. We rode soft waves and spotted schools of needle fish jumping ahead of our boats all day long. It’s a short paddle only 11 miles.
For some reason we didn’t talk much. We both know this is a milestone day. Time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re headed.
We approach the famous can buoy in Key West and snap some pics and even take a video. Most folks wait in a long line to get a photo op but we floated in the water smiling from ear to ear. In just a few moments we would land at Ft. Taylor Beach reaching our Key West goal.
Gus was there waiting on us. Several folks on the beach began to clap as we landed. Gus had prepped them on our journey. We got the usual questions- “Where did you start?”, “How long will it take?”, “What do you eat?”. We patiently answer every question then begin loading our yaks on to the trailer.
For now we celebrate by getting two large scoops of ice cream each at Gus’ favorite ice cream shop in town- the 4th of July Restaurant. Damn it tastes good.
Then it’s back to get a hot shower and begin planning the east coast leg. Some 500 miles to go. Amazing!
Marc and Jim