Shell Key Paddle, woodfire Paella, Sangria & Beach Campout!

  • November 16, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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Let's paddle and camp on the beautiful white sand beach on Shell Island...and enjoy an evening of Sangria, Paella and tapas(potluck style...with a theme :) Shell Island is my favorite, easy island paddle destination, right near Fort De Soto...and it's FREE! Got a permit for 25 people, so get your small tent, sleeping bag and simple overnight kayak camping gear together for a short paddle(30-40mins) to one of the most beautiful beaches you'll find! Saturday: We'll meet at 1pm at the put-in area and pack our kayaks for the trip. After everyone gets there and in the water we'll go over a short safety briefing then paddle to the island. Once on the island we'll set up camp, eat a picnic lunch that you've packed and spend the afternoon enjoying our island paradise. The island is known and named for it's abundance of shells. We can gather firewood for a large evening fire, it was plentiful last visit...then spend time discovering our island, paddling the mangrove islands, fishing(I intend to fish!) or paddle over to Fort Desoto for an icecream cone and wander thru the old fort. For dinner I'd like to make a big pan of paella to share...sangria anyone??....someone might contribute a large green salad..and your favorite tapas(small appetizers, both hot and cold) would be great ideas! Please post whatever you'd like to contribute to our tapas/paella beach dinner...(hint, if ya don't cook, olives, hard salami, good cheese n crackers, veggies n dip, fresh fruit, good bread or rolls..deli food is all convenient and good!) Will also need plenty of sangria! I'll bring plates, glasses and plastic utensils for sat dinner as well as a few garbage bags. Bring your own beverages and plenty of drinking water. After enjoying the gorgeous sunset from our beach campsite we can plan a moonlight paddle, so be sure to bring your lights..or just stroll the beach and watch the baby stingrays feed at waters edge. Our campfire will glow til morning. Sunday morning wake up for coffee and a simple breakfast, breakfast can be on your own or being something to share. We can plan another short paddle, weather and tide dependant...or just lounge on the beach before packing up camp, loading our kayaks and paddling the incoming tide back to our put-in. Sunday Lunch...for those of you who are interested, we'll have a late Sunday lunch at Billy's Stone Crab up in the third floor crows nest, (bloody mary's?)..it's just a mile up the road on our way back...great seafood, oysters and of course, crab. What to bring: Your own kayak(sorry no rentals available this trip), PFD, whistle, bug spray, sunscreen, swimsuit, plenty of drinking water, small tent, sleeping bag, flashlight, water shoes or sandals, compact chair or beach blanket, personal items for one overnight stay, plate, cup, utensils plus your food and beverages. Note: there are no facilities on the island, but the showers and toilet facilities at fort Desoto are a short paddle away! Per camping rules, I'll tote the required privy....but, one is always strongly encouraged to water the bushes, as we are required to carry off all waste. Questions, call Victoria Pagano[masked], or email from my meetup profile Please note this event is weather dependant

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  • Bob W.

    Was a fantastic time..thanks Victoria for the trip. Agree with you that two nights would be great..cheers to all, great meeting some of you for the first time..

    1 · November 18, 2013

  • Sam G.

    I want to thank Victoria and Larry for a wonderful evening of food and company. The food was outstanding and the company even better. The weather was perfect and the seas were calm. Thank you again Victoria and Larry for putting this great Slacker adventure on and for allowing me to crash the adventure at the last minute.
    I also want to thank Bob, Dean, Tyra and everyone else who brought food to share with the group.
    This event was an 11 on scale of 10.

    2 · November 18, 2013

  • Alex G.

    Great trip Victoria! You are the master chef of campfire cooking. Thanks for letting us crash the party. Count me in for any of your camping trips!

    1 · November 18, 2013

  • Dean & Tyra S.

    Special thanks to the VP of Beach camping *Victoria* and Larry for all they did to make this trip what it was "superb"...Slacker Nation lives on because of the time and effort all you organizers do for us. There are people who pay a great amount of money for trips like these Slacker trips and we all get to tag along and just show up and go. Thanks to you all.

    3 · November 18, 2013

  • Jim

    Another great trip. Thank you Victoria for all your hard work setting everything up. Sign me up for the spring!
    I enjoyed meeting and hanging up with new and cool people (except maybe Dean - kidding).

    November 17, 2013

    • Craig G.

      Hey Dean and Tyra are the coolest!! Sorry I missed you guys. I was dying peddling 30 miles today!

      November 17, 2013

    • Dean & Tyra S.

      Haaaaa ,Jim....Don't know what you speak of ...remember to eat ALL of your vegetables now! Craig; thanks for the compliment; obvious Jim is a bad judge of character..think it may be related to his diet!

      1 · November 18, 2013

  • Dean & Tyra S.

    Lovingly prepared and exceptionally delicious beach paella by VP,Larry and Bob..thanks for taking all the time to do this for us. Oh and that non-alcoholic sangria was very tasty too! Some goooood beach vittles for sure!!! Thank you all!

    1 · November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a wonderful time. I can't begin to say how much work and care went into the planning and execution of this event. Just fantastic.

    2 · November 17, 2013

    • Madeline

      When you say execution are you referring to those yaks/tanks we rented? :-D

      November 17, 2013

  • Anna

    Bravo and kisses for wonderful cooks and organizers. Thank you again for wonderful time and food. :-)

    2 · November 17, 2013

    • Madeline

      And thank you for sharing the great photos Anna!

      1 · November 17, 2013

  • Madeline

    Absolutely! But I say next time we do TWO nights! Thank you Victoria for a wonderful time and all the hard work you put into it. And thanks Jim for all your help. :-) What a relaxing and refreshing weekend on the the Gulf Coast!

    1 · November 17, 2013

    • Victoria P

      Anytime you want to camp shell key,fish, kayak and xplore some of the "off the beaten path"places in this area...I'm up for it! Agree, 2 nights next time:)

      2 · November 17, 2013

    • Madeline

      Sounds good. You show me the best kept secret spots & I'll show you where to get the best smoked fish & gator tail. :-)

      2 · November 17, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Thanks all of you; Anna,Dean & Tyra, Gerry & Millie, Bruce & Maria, Tina, Christina, Madeline, Jim, Michael, Alex, Sam, Bob(you will never linger on any of my waitlists Bob!)...for a lovely evening on my favorite beach! Should we do this again in spring???

    1 · November 17, 2013

    • Victoria P

      ...and special thanks to Larry..in every way:)

      November 17, 2013

    • Craig G.

      Bob is a must on every paddle, especially advanced open Water!!!

      November 17, 2013

  • tina

    Super Fantastic weekend. Thank you so much Victoria ...Yes let's do it again .....

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, can't come was in hospital Thursday, just bit well enough, sorry.

    November 16, 2013

    • Bob W.

      Hope u get better. Bob

      November 16, 2013

  • Anna

    I will bring table etc.....etc...

    November 16, 2013

  • Millie C.

    We are packing now...quickly as Gerry just came last night from baseball tournament. Will bring the lantern, wine and fruit to add to the sangria...working on preparing a salad too....
    See you all later...

    November 16, 2013

  • Madeline

    I won't be bringing a lantern now because it went out. Good news is they are replacing for free. Bad news is it won't be by tomorrow. If anyone else has one to bring please do.

    November 15, 2013

    • Millie C.

      We will bring the lantern.....will see you later.

      November 16, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Weather looks like we should get a break by late morning, with chance for scattered showers, Sunday drier! Will keep the original plan to meet at launch site at 1pm!

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Bob W.

    I have extra paella pan, rice for paella and the fixings if u want me to bring those.....French press for coffee Sunday morning, etc. Etc

    November 4, 2013

    • Bob W.

      Also, cheese grits and eggs scrambled for the morning. Paella is ready to go....looking forward...also have coffee to share

      1 · November 15, 2013

    • Victoria P

      So nice to know folks that like to cook!!:)

      November 15, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Will be watching the forecast closely..looks like rain in the morning but may be fine after that, with only a chance for additional rain sat night..seems like there's always a chance of rain in Florida

    1 · November 15, 2013

  • Dean & Tyra S.

    oh yes we 2 shall also contribute 5 shmackers per, to the grocery fund...

    No worries about rain mates....the Bardin Booger says THAT it "a'int" raining on our boating soiree~ ...book it baby!

    1 · November 15, 2013

  • Christina M.

    I will bring vegetables and dip, some wine, and I'm happy to contribute $5 for the basic meal groceries.

    November 15, 2013

  • Nona

    Sorry, have to help a friend in need so I'm dogsitting this weekend.

    November 15, 2013

  • Julie N

    Responsibilities suck. I'm going to have a working weekend. Hope you all have a great time.

    November 14, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Hoping the rain,if any, ends early in the day...still planning a 1pm launch time, which can be delayed if necessary, high time is at 2pm

    November 14, 2013

    • Bob W.

      Ok. Do we go through the gate and pay or is it before the entrance to the park. Has been awhile for me. Also hope rain is not an issue.

      November 14, 2013

    • Victoria P

      Bob, please read description of launch area above..it's called the hole in the hedge, on right side of road before you get to the toll booth for fort desoto. Look for cars parked on the grass.

      1 · November 14, 2013

  • Dean & Tyra S.

    We'll be bringing a banana bread for Sunday's coffee,some port wine cheese and crackers,and keeping with the Spanish mode will be attempting to make some campfire churros,for Sat. nights festivities..attempting,them mind you...Viva FLorida 500...1513-2013

    3 · November 12, 2013

    • Anna

      I will bring sangria, ouzo and good flamenco music to spice up Victoria wonderful party

      2 · November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My mom is having a brain tumor removed on Wednesday so we won't be able to make it. Next time. :(

    November 10, 2013

    • amy

      Summer, sending lots of healing prayers to your mom. Best wishes to you and your mother.

      November 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks everyone! I will let you know how she does with surgery.

      November 12, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Anyone else besides Ed, who is currently on the "going"list who'd like to add a sig other? I have a last minute friend of family coming from GB staying with me, may join us for this event..

    November 11, 2013

  • Danno

    I'll have to do this another time. Was looking forward to the Paella and seeing my paddlin buds. :-(

    November 8, 2013

  • Madeline

    I can bring Sangria, cut fruit for it, some sort of tapas, ice and a lantern. Any favorites for brand of Sangria? Also, what is the water like Victoria? Can you snorkel there?

    1 · November 7, 2013

    • Victoria P

      Water is beautiful! Sure, you can snorkel...if you like bull sharks! Better to stay in your boat along the pass..there is a nice shallow sand bar that should appear low tide on the west shore that is great for swimming..and the west beach is very nice...stingrays were jumpin otta the water the last time we were here...fishing is great..midday Saturday should be good fishin..

      November 7, 2013

    • Madeline

      <sigh> Sounds dreamy. I am so ready for this!

      November 7, 2013

  • Madeline

    Oh and does anyone want to carpool from the Orlando area?

    November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sangria, Salami/Cheese and a fiver

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Victoria P

    We could use one more table..roll up aluminum type works great...to serve food on, ice...also could use a few large lanterns..

    November 6, 2013

    • Lynn H.

      I can bring my lantern.

      1 · November 6, 2013

  • Jim

    Victoria - I will bring a dessert and some muffins for breakfast. You can count me out for the meat since I am vegetarian these days. I will bring some veggies to saute. I will bring a bundle of firewood too.
    Thanks for organizing:)

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • tina

    Will contribute and bring tapas

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • Joanne L.

    Not released by doctors to kayak.

    November 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have good news for someone on the waiting list and not so good news for me. I'm having minor surgery done on Wed the 13th and the doctor says that I should take it easy for a couple of weeks. No exercise, so I am going to have to pass this outing. Thank you Victoria for hosting this and we will try and make the next one.

    November 6, 2013

  • John

    Looks like I am not going to make it. Going to miss that paella meal. Haven't had one in many years. I will make room for someone else. Thanks for putting this together, I guess I will have to make it next time. Have a great paddle.

    November 5, 2013

  • Lynn H.

    Will bring cookies and brownies. Also will contribute $5 for the main course. Red wine too!

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • Victoria P

    ...it will be almost a full moon...bring your kayak lights!

    November 4, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Like all Saturday night slacker events, this is a potluck...sent an email to y'all, after reading it, please post what you in tend to bring so that we have a good variety...keep in mind the theme is Spanish, (not Mexican!:) in addition to the main entre, I'll bring plates, sangria glasses and plastic flatware for all, and will start a pitcher of white and red sangrias... BYOB, beer, soda, as well as wine, club soda and fruit to keep the sangria pitchers flowing. Ice and firewood also appreciated

    November 4, 2013

  • Julie N

    Victoria. Please let me know what you need me to bring. Is there a list yet?
    I will probably bring extra sangria. Don't wamt to run out. I have a table and one burner stove I can bring if you need them. Julie

    November 4, 2013

    • Victoria P

      Thanks Julie! All appreciated. Will post a list of suggested things for folks to contribute!

      November 4, 2013

  • Madeline

    Glad to see I made it off the waitlist Victoria. I'm looking forward to all of it including the FISHING! :-)

    November 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a dilemma. I just realized that I did not request a plus one when I RSVPed. I had planned on going with my girlfriend in our tandem kayak. I know there is a limit on how many people can camp, but we would go in the same kayak and sleep in the same tent. Is it possible for her to come with me, or do I need to cancel? Looking forward to the outing, but don't want to go without her. Thanks

    October 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Victoria, she will be happy to hear that, she was looking forward to the outing also, and I was afraid I was in the dog house. ;-) She joined the group yesterday also.

      October 17, 2013

    • Victoria P

      Lookin forward to meeting the both of you!

      October 17, 2013

  • Dean & Tyra S.

    there are 2 of us :)

    June 24, 2013

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