Little Tybee Island Kayak -n- Camp Trip - Spring 2014- **April 26-28**

This is one of those trips that everyone loves and you will not soon forget. I try to go every April but a few springs have gone by and it is time to head back for a 3-day kayak and camping trip unlike most you will have the opportunity to experience. I have had guests liken this trip to being in a National Geographic Documentary.

For more information and to see previous trip photos got to http://discovery222.com

I want to limit the number of folks attending for safety reasons. You should have experience paddling, a PFD is required as well as a spray skirt for sit in kayaks due to the surf and swells that we may encounter on occasion. I have seen folks in boats as small as an LL Remix XP9 and sit-on-top kayaks also work well. Ideally, for carrying your gear a sit in kayak that is 11ft. or longer is best, with room for storage. Do not be intimidated by the idea of surf and swells, we are talking about the ocean and as long as the weather is favorable it is no worse than a lake with a lot of boat activity. I have seen many beginners paddle for their first time at the spot we launch from and we will avoid any heavy surf. The ocean is often very calm but with the changing tides, winds, etc., it can get choppy. The surf is actually a lot of fun to play in after we get unloaded and some of our paddles will include going through the surf. Nonetheless, I have only had one person do it but you can always walk your boat along the shore if the surf does scare you.

I have arranged for parking at Ocean Plaza Beach Resort. The charge is $10.00 per day/night per vehicle. That is cheaper than using Tybee Island meters which are $18.00 per day. The parking lot is a short walk to or from our launch point. We unload all our gear at the put in, then take vehicles back, leaving someone with the gear and boats and we walk back from the parking lot. The parking lot is safe, has lighting and security. 

Everyone attending will pay $21.00 in advance per person to hold their individual spot ($1.00 is for the nonrefundable PayPal processing fee). The $20.00 fee will cover parking for Saturday and Sunday nights. We will leave sometime Monday but no parking fee is required for this day. To make your payment and for more details go here http://discovery222.com, then click ‘Payment”.

We will put in on Tybee Island about a 1-mile paddle from where we will land on Little Tybee Island to unload and set up camp. We may encounter some surf as we approach Little Tybee Island, depending on where we want to camp, but the surf here is generally mild.

Keep in mind that you will need to pack everything needed for this 2-3 day excursion in your kayak. However, it is only about a one to two mile paddle from our put in site to where we will set up camp. With this in mind you can use an inflatable raft in tow or another sit-on-top kayak, etc., for extra gear. Usually with kayak camping trips you do not have this option, here you do, but do not over do it! Try to stick to the basics for the most part, be comfortable and a few luxury items are fine. It is very important not to overload your boat or to be too top heavy.  I will bring gear for home base on the beach for all persons use, a large sun shelter and a table where we will gather for meals, etc. I pull an inflatable raft behind my kayak for those heavier items and that works beautifully. I also put noodles (the kind that kids/people use to float) on anything that could potentially sink, using zip ties.

You should be able to fit all needed gear in your boat. You never want to be too top heavy (if your tying dry bags or a lawn chair to the deck of your kayak) or have too much weight over-all. Put heavier gear in your storage areas and lighter gear in dry bags on your deck if needed.

Also, keep in mind that regardless of where we set up camp we are only a few miles paddle from Tybee Island Beach and extra food, supplies or heck a hotel if really needed. In the event of an emergency help is relatively close by and we WILL be in cell phone range from Tybee Island Beach and extra food, supplies or heck a hotel if really needed. In the event of an emergency help is relatively close by and we will be in cell phone range.

To make payment, for more information and to see previous trip photos got to http://discovery222.com

If you have any questions email me at [masked]. Thanks, Allen

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  • Elisabeth S.

    What a trip! Thank you Allen, and thank all of you nice people. It was an awesome weekend!

    1 · April 30

  • Brad R.

    This was a great event! Trying to post a few pics but haven't broken the code yet.

    April 29

  • Allen

    This was a great ‘adventure’ in the true sense of the word!!!
    Thank you Reese and Debbie for the FRESH raw oysters right off the Little Tybee Island oyster beds, quite a treat.
    Thank you to all that attended for your contributions in making this a very enjoyable weekend!
    The weather was beautiful, the Island a bountiful paradise and a great group of folks this year. Can't ask for more than that :o)

    1 · April 29

    • Andy M.

      Saluting you smartly, Allen, and these intrepid travlerz as well!

      April 29

  • Reese

    Great trip Allen. Thanks again for all you did. Nice meeting everyone, good group of people.

    2 · April 28

    • Kathi

      Hey Reese, send me that program info on vets and kayaking... thanks, K

      April 29

    • Reese

      Teamriverrunner.org feel free to call me or shoot me an email if you have any questions

      April 29

  • Debbie H

    Fantastic. Thanks so much to Allen for hosting and to a great group. As the line above says..."you will not soon forget".

    1 · April 29

  • Kathi

    Had a fantastic time! Thanks Allen for planning it and Brad for driving. Great seeing familiar faces and meeting new folks.

    1 · April 29

  • Martin

    Great trip! Thanks Allen. I hope everything worked out alright. It was very nice to see old friends and make new ones. :)

    2 · April 28

  • Francine

    Outstanding weekend with awesome people! Thanks Allen!

    2 · April 28

  • Francine

    Are campfires allowed and should we be able to find wood? I can bring stuff to start the fires as long as we can muster up the wood :-). Did a "test run" camping one night on TN River last weekend - awesome! Looking forward to this!

    April 16, 2014

    • Debbie H

      What is your barge made out of?

      April 24

    • Brad R.

      Concrete and steel. No, just a dry bag with some floaties.

      April 24

  • Debbie H

    What about fresh water? Is there a source of good water that can be filtered for drinking?

    April 23

    • Debbie H

      ...or do we need to bring jugs of water?

      April 23

    • Allen

      There is no source of fresh water, you need to carry all the fresh water you'll need over to the island with you.

      April 23

  • Elisabeth S.

    I have a question: are we sharing any of the cooking equipment or food or is everyone suppose to bring his/ her own stuff?

    April 20

    • Allen

      The standard green propane canisters you can find at Walmart, 16.4 OZ. They are about $3.00 per can...

      April 23

    • Kathi

      I'm bringing my backpacking stove... and cook set

      April 23

  • Reese

    Another Friday night option, depending on how adventurous you want to be;
    - depart Atlanta 5-6:00pm caravan to Tybee and hotel parking lot 5+/- hours arrive by 11:00pm. Low tide is just after midnight so should be no problem launching kayaks right off the beach. Boat ramp on back side of Tybee as a backup if needed only a couple of blocks away. Night paddle on the slack tide over to Little Tybee and camp an extra night. There will be no moon these nights. I am a diver also and have a few lights that will help.
    - This is assuming we can work out the parking arrangement.
    - If anyone is interested in this option (and assuming we have Allen's blessing) I am open to meeting for a drink or local paddle on the hooch just to ensure we are all comfortable and not meeting for the first time at midnight paddling into darkness together. Although...that could fun as well!
    - if interested reply as group or to my contact

    March 25, 2014

    • Debbie H

      Yes, I am interested. Will give you a call if I have your number. How much room for boats do you have? I have a trailer if needed.

      April 21

    • Reese

      Room for my boat plus one on roof rack. I drive a Ford Edge so room for gear in the back.

      April 21

  • Jordan D.

    Im probably heading down thursday morning for a solid 4 day camping trip on the island, if anyone wants to join me for thursday and friday night they are welcome. I plan to regroup saturday morning and join the others wherever Allen wants to camp.

    April 18, 2014

    • Allen

      Glad you'll be joining us Jordan. I'm still looking at heading down Thursday as well. I'll give you a call later today to see exactly what your plans are...

      April 18, 2014

  • Jordan D.

    my cell number[masked]

    April 18, 2014

  • Brad R.

    I am driving down that Friday afternoon (leaving East Cobb NLT 1p) and have room for three others (with room for boats and gear) if you are interested. Here's the idea:

    Share fuel costs ($60 per rider); meet at my house by noon (East Cobb), leave your car in my driveway or on street (safe neighborhood), load gear; leave my house by 1p, head down to Tybee Island. I plan to stay at Ocean Plaza Resort Friday night, be in parking lot Saturday morning; returning Monday to my house.

    Let me know if you are interested via email ([masked]), first come first serve. I will be driving a big Ford F250 so plenty of room and creature comforts, no issues fitting your gear.

    Brad

    1 · March 22, 2014

    • Elisabeth S.

      Ocean Plaza Resort?

      April 16, 2014

    • Elisabeth S.

      My phone#[masked]

      April 16, 2014

  • Debbie H

    Anybody going up Friday (later than 1) afternoon or evening that would be interested in sharing a ride?

    April 12, 2014

  • Kathi

    Allen, re camping site... I was thinking about using my eno hammock for sleeping instead of the traditional tent... do you know what our tree options look like? Or am I better off just sticking with my tent? Thx, Kathi

    April 12, 2014

    • Allen

      Others have used a hammock before, you should have no problem finding trees to set up but I believe that they used hammock tents (they have bug screening around the hammock and a fabric roof). Bugs are usually not bad at all this time of year but they are there so that is something to keep in mind.

      April 12, 2014

  • Elisabeth S.

    Allen, I am on a waiting list now. If I'm confirmed, then I would like to come as early as Thursday and also help with set up, that is if you need any help:)

    April 1, 2014

  • Debbie H

    Do you know if there is a place to camp on Tybee Friday night? Or just sleep in the car?

    March 25, 2014

    • Allen

      If you arrive early, you have a few options.
      1. You could get a campsite at Rivers End Campground for as low as $39.00 per night. I have never camped here but it sounds nice. http://www.riversendc...­
      2. Get a room where we are meeting, Ocean Plaza Resort, for $159.00 per night.
      3. Find something in route for much cheaper, try orbitz.com, expedia.com or your favorite travel related website. If you with this idea I would recommend a place that allows cancelation within 24 hours in the event that we should get bad weather that weekend.
      4. I may head down as early as Thursday, 03/24/14, and head to Little Tybee Island (LTI) that day to set up camp. I will know and confirm as the date gets closer. If I do, you are welcome to come over to LTI early; I will meet you on Tybee Island when you arrive. I would meet others at the Ocean Plaza Resort parking lot on Saturday morning at 8AM to bring them over as well.

      1 · March 25, 2014

  • Reese

    Allen, time listed for this is 8:00am Saturday. Did you want to meet in parking lot 8:00am or what is the expected start time on Saturday?

    March 22, 2014

    • Allen

      We'll meet at the parking lot at 8AM. The put-in is close from there.

      March 25, 2014

  • Tina

    Not sure that I won't be out of town then, but this is a great spot to camp. I went over there by myself in an 8 foot kayak without a spray skirt. and did fine, but timed it with the tides! Also took the back way through the marsh to the other side of Little Tybee and camped 4 nights by canoe. Only saw two other people out there the whole time (on the far side of the island)!

    March 8, 2014

    • Allen

      Sounds nice Tina. Yep, they teach beginners kayaking right from where we'll launch and they do not wear spray skirts but they stick to the salt marsh/mouth of the Wilmington River areas only. Attendees need to have spray skirts for sit-ins so we do not limit where and when we can go. Smaller boats are fine, you just have to paddle harder and that's why I recommend 11 ft. or longer, they track better too.

      March 8, 2014

  • Brad R.

    Allen, this sounds awesome - can't wait. Do you expect this to be a one or two nights out on Little Tybee Island?

    March 7, 2014

    • Allen

      2 nights, we'll spend Saturday & Sunday night on Little Tybee Island.

      March 8, 2014

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