Local news reporting this is suppose to be the hottest day yet. Luckily we have a wonderful tailwind to cool our necks as we paddle along.
The waterway widens and the chop increases. Marc’s yak is hard to control for some reason. Probably wasn’t packed right. Weight distribution is important in these conditions.
We continue to gaze at what can only be termed “Mega Yachts” docked all along here. You have to just shake your head at the grandeur. Can only imagine what the inside accommodations are like. Wait. Is that Robin Leech yelling “Welcome to the lifestyles of the rich and famous” in his stereotypical British accent? Too funny.
After 12 miles we beach the yaks at Peanut Island, a fabulous little county run park outside Palm Beach Florida. The guidebook says there is primitive camping on the west side of the island but we discover it is closed due to excessive high tide action. So we get two spots in the paid campground area (restrictions say only 1 tent per spot). $30 each.
We are so impressed with this place. It’s super clean and laid out well. Each camp spot has fresh clean sand, a brand new picnic table, and concrete walking paths. The bath and shower house is clean too. Access is restricted to the showers and you need a code to get in. That’s a smart way to prevent vandalism.
According to the Park Ranger that checked us in, we are the only ones on the island tonight. She warned us that there are raccoons and snakes to watch out for. Should be interesting.
More trivia about the island from Wikipedia:
Originally named Inlet Island, the island was renamed Peanut Island for a planned peanut oil-shipping operation which failed in 1946. A $13 million USD renovation on the island in 2005 resulted in Peanut Island Park including camp sites, a pier, and a manmade reef. The island also features a blast shelter built in secret for President John F. Kennedy shortly after his 1960 election. Kennedy often spent winters in nearby Palm Beach, Florida. The shelter is operated by the Palm Beach Maritime Museum and is open to visitors as an example of Cold War-era concerns for the president’s safety.
Marc and Jim