This trip is being done along with All American Kayak Tours for a tour of Peanut Island and the surrounding waters. Enjoy a beautiful morning paddle around historic Peanut Island, home of President Kennedy's (no longer) secret blast shelter (now a museum) and a well-maintained Coast Guard Station. The island underwent a significant rebuild in 2005, resulting in added amenities for visitors and more habitat for marine life - http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/peanutisland/pdf/peanutislandbrochure3.pdf Bring snorkeling gear! There will be an opportunity to use it, and the water is usually clear and beautiful!
WEATHER It's the time of year again when weather can be a factor in trips - especially afternoon/early evening trips. Here are the ground rules: - Lightning clearly visible from the launch site - we don't launch. - Visible flash followed by thunder within 30 seconds (6 miles) - we don't launch. - 30 minutes must elapse between last lightning/thunder before we start the trip. - If we get caught out in a mild electrical storm in the Fort Lauderdale urban area, we're pretty safe, but will seek appropriate shelter immediately. Heavy lightning storms will accelerate this process. - If it's just raining, heavy or light, we're paddling - did you expect to stay dry??
KAYAK RENTALS Kayak rentals may be reserved for this trip, and will be delivered to the site for your convenience. Please visit All American Kayak's Rental page for reservation and prepayment details ( http://allamericankayak.com/rentals.html). Be sure to reserve at least 24 hours in advance.
What to bring:
Please be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen & bug spray, mask, snorkel, fins, hat, water friendly shoes, long sleeve t-shirt, water proof camera or small digital camera that can fit into a dry bag., snorkeling gear, and a towel and change of clothes to leave in your car for your return home. You will also want to bring lunch, beverages and snacks.
For paddlers bringing there own kayaks please be sure to have all of your appropriate equipment (kayak, paddle, seat, pfd, whistle) + (*sea kayaks require bilge pump, skirt, & paddle float)