Gus drove us to the Card Sound launch site. The weather and tides will be with us today. Yeah!
We hate seeing Gus go. He’s been such a great resource. Yet, at the same time, we are excited to begin this last leg. Finally we point our yaks north up the east coast.
This section will present a different set of challenges. Namely, more planning for camp spots and motel says, boat wakes in the Intracoastal Waterway and the urban environment as a whole. Gus helped us plan the next several days which lessens the anxiety level.
The paddling conditions were calm today. Our plan is to paddle along the Atlantic side to a point just across from Elliot Key Campsite. Elliot Key is closed for renovation due to storm damage but we have information that says there is a camp spot there. We found it, complete with picnic tables and a nice grass area for our tents. About 20 minutes after we arrive, and just before we were going to throw our tents up a group of about four Park Rangers show up. They quickly inform us that there’s no camping allowed here…..Drats!
So we pack up and paddle another 5 miles to Boca Chita. We arrive there at sunset. It’s perfect here. No one around.
The next day we paddle across Biscayne Bay to Key Biscayne. The water was like glass and oh so clear. The crossing is about 11 miles. We hardly see any large boats out today. Nice.
Tonight we are staying with some friends in Key Biscayne.
Marc and Jim