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New Meetup: Keys Run 58 - Gullivan Key in the 10,000 Islands

From: Bill W
Sent on: Sunday, December 19, 2010 3:21 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Miami Kayaking Meetup Group!

What: Keys Run 58 - Gullivan Key in the 10,000 Islands

When: Tuesday, December 21,[masked]:30 AM

20200 Tamiami Trail E
Naples, FL 34114

Well, it's winter break for us teachers and, bad grammar notwithstanding, I figure to get out and enjoy this fabulous weather in one of my favorite places on this blue planet of ours (or whoever is in charge). The idea is to launch from the boat ramp at Collier-Seminole State Park out on US 41 just before the turnoff to Goodland and Marco Island. It's a 5 mile paddle downriver to Gill Rattle Creek, take the creek over to Buttonwood Bay, then find a creek down to Gullivan Bay which stretches north of Cape Romano, west to Marco Island and opens out on the Gulf of Mexico. Once we reach the bay, Gullivan Key is a short distance and offers a beach facing west so the sunset is right in your face. It's next to White Horse Key a little to the east. The outbound leg runs about 10 nautical miles through some beautiful and largely unspoiled wilderness. The Marine Forecast is: ".TUESDAY...EAST NORTHEAST WINDS 9 TO 12 KNOTS. SEAS LESS THAN 2 FEET NEAR SHORE AND UP TO 2 FEET WELL OFFSHORE. BAY AND INLAND WATERS A
2 FEET. BAY AND INLAND WATERS SMOOTH. .WEDNESDAY...NORTH WINDS 7 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS LESS THAN 2 FEET. BAY AND INLAND WATERS A LIGHT CHOP." The evening should be cool, around 57 F, the days in the 70s. The water will be chilly, around 60F, but I'm taking a rod and hope to do some fishing.
The tide tables show a low tide in the morning reaching a high by mid-afternoon.
I'm doing some photographing of birds, animals and sea life and hope to see some nice migratory shorebirds. I saw semi-palmated plovers, winter plovers, oystercatchers, Royal terns and lots more the last time I was there. I saw raccoon tracks but had no problems with them the last time I was there, but you should store food and water away from their prying hands.
Bring appropriate clothing, tent, sleeping bag or blanket, food, water, hat, PFD, sunscreen, insect repellent though I don't think the skeeters will be ferocious and the nosee'ums are usually active only at dusk and dawn. There are no "facilities" so bring whatever you'll need to clean yourself- washcloth, hand soap, toilet paper, that kind of thing. Solid waste will need to be buried. Bring a bag for trash, we pack it out or burn it in the campfire.
Bring a camera, there are birds and dolphins and all manner of sea life on the flat just off the east of the beach. Bring whatever you think you'll need and can carry.
There's very little powerboat traffic there and the night sky can be breathtaking.
I plan to launch as close to 8:30AM as possible and figure a 4 hour paddle to the island. From there we can set up camp and explore the area. Sunset is at 5:35PM and sunrise at around 7AM the next morning (unless the world ends in which case it will be a great sunset). Col-Sem Park is about an hour 40 minute drive from where I live in Kendall.
There is an entrance fee for the park and you'll need to file a float plan and get a parking permit for the overnight stay. Plan to meet at the entrance station or at the marina ramp.
Because of the nature of the paddling- against strong currents and the moderate distance, I'll rate this an intermediate paddle.
My cellphone is[masked], call me if you're interested in going.

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