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Carolina Mike's & MJ's 14th Annual Shell Island Birthday Kayak & Camp

  • Fort Desoto Park Boat Ramp

    4500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL (map)

    27.612211 -82.736664

  • Big red kayak trailer
  • Price: $99.00 /per person

    Refund policy

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    Hey Wet Dogs come join Carolina Mike and Mj for a fun filled weekend for our 13th Annual Birthday Kayak & Camp-out on Shell Island. This all started after the 1st year I started kayaking. We would just paddle out to Shell Island to relax and enjoy island life on my favorite local island for my birthday. People began to ask me if they could come out and camp with us. This slowly became an event over the past years. Now we're into our fourteenth year of hosting and catering this event. Ironically every year there are always others on the trip with the same birth date. We've entertained over 300 people in the month of April the last 12 years on this special salty piece of paradise. Beginners and up welcome- kayaks and tents for rent if needed.

    Note: The meetup location is located on the right side of the road in the grassy area (There is no physical address) just before the last toll bridge that takes you to the boat ramp on Fort. Desoto.   IT IS NOT THE FORT DESOTO BOAT RAMP

    Itinerary:

    The gang will meetup on the grassy area near the mangroves and shore. Once there we'll pack the kayaks and gear and then paddle (45 min paddle for beginners) across the open mangrove flats. A pristine white sandy beach always greets the group as we arrive on the southwestern side of the island. Ft. Desoto has been voted the best beach in the USA a few years back. Well..., many sea kayakers in the know as well as we say Shell Island is the king of beaches.

     

    Saturday: We'll all meetup 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 and then just hang out for awhile and just enjoy the island paradise.  Then around 1pm we'll saddle up and paddle to Billy's Stone Crab for a late lunch. We'll eat and drink in the crow's nest on the third floor in the open bar area as Jimmy Buffet music emanates from Travis's magical guitar. First one to win the hook game gets a free drink at the bar. Check out the pictures in the photos page of last years trip to see the fun we have on this weekend.

    Later we'll head back to the Island for a delicious dinner of Australian Dinkum Chilli on the beach as Florida's best sunset. Night falls away as we sit and mingle by the roaring fire. Some may steal away for a walk up the beach. If we get lucky phosphorescence activity in the waves may illuminate the shores at night. Later on one by one people will leave the fire to retire to their tents to fall asleep to the soft waves lapping on the shore.

    Sunday: You'll awake to the smell of breakfast and fresh coffee brewing. We'll enjoy the morning, clean and pack up for a short paddle home.

    Cost: $99 if renting a kayak from us (includes kayaks and gear, Dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday morning,)  If paying by paypal put in the appropriate fee if you are renting a kayak.

    $35 if bringing your own kayak  (includes dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday morning)

    Note: When paying for this trip put-in the price that pertains to you.  The $99 price will show up so you have to change it in paypal if that is not your option price.  We will not after the fact give anymore credits if you do not put in the right price. Call us if any questions at[masked]

    PLEASE LET US KNOW in words in your RSVP weather you are renting or bringing your own kayak.     Example: Sounds awesome, count me in. I will be needing a kayak for this trip.  Also if bringing a guest please give us a name in your rsvp.

     

    We'll have vegetarian options if your a veggie wet dog.

    Please let us know in your rsvp.

    NO GIFTS PLEASE!


    Things to bring: water, sunscreen, camera, bug spray, appropriate kayaking clothing, rain gear, tent, water shoes or sandals, NO FLIPFLOPS, money for Billy's Stone Crab.

    Only those who RSVP with yes and a full payment will truly be signed up for this trip. Space is limited so don't wait to RSVP.  This trip always fills up. You don't want to miss out on this annual event. RSVP, call or email NOW!!! to secure your spot.

    Carolina Mike[masked]

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Mike,
    We're having to make a cancellation due to weather. Is it possible to get a credit for the amount we paid? Thanks, S& J

    April 12, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      No worries we can give you a credit for the next one.

      April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im so sad but totally underatand. I hope I can make it to the make up date. My schedule shifts a lot so hopefully it works!

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bought a bunch of cool new camping gear and got scared off by the ominous weather forecast.

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like a great time. This will be my first meetup and I am looking forward to it.
    I will need a kayak and a tent.
    Steven

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sorry. I have a networking event at the Boutique.

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this a rain or shine event?

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am swamped with writing assignments with deadlines of yesterday. I am unfortunately going to have miss out yet again on fun : (

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have injured my knee running. Can't make it. Is it possible to get a credit for the amount I paid.

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Question regarding parking ... it's before the toll into Ft Desoto, correct? No problem leaving vehicles overnight?

    April 11, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      Meetup spot is way before the toll going into Fort Desoto. It's actually before the first small toll near Tampa Bay Watch. You'll see all kinds of cars and kayak and really can't miss it. It's when the split road comes back into one, right at that point look off to the right.

      April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope the weather clears up...then again...I would still yak and camp...lol

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds like so much fun. I hope to have the time to come to a different event soon. Life is way too busy :-(

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it! Bummed!

    April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a paid supporter. Do I half this amount since I have to rent a kayak, or is it the full amount of $99? Thanks.

    April 8, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      Hey Effie, the discounts only apply to trips with no food or drink or camping involved. Half day paddle trips apply to this discount. Hope that clears things up for ya.

      April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry have to cancel,,sat 13th,,,,stiches out on 15th.see you all on the water

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I have to cancel,,on sat..13th,,,,,,,My stiches will come out on the 15th,,from the Kayoga sunset trip,,,,no infection & im on the mend,,,,,,Thanks again Mike for looking after me,,,,,see you all on the water,,,,,,,,,,,

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry that I won't be able to attend...just found out that my brother is coming into town this weekend.

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry I have to cancel! Hope someone else can take my place. Have fun..

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We have our own 'yaks and tents.

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going north for the summer. Happy birthday Mike!

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great we have our own Kayacks

    April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so sorry I am going to miss this event..... recovering from surgery for thyroid cancer. I am doing okay, but can't paddle yet. Have a great time!

    April 7, 2013

  • o'suzanna

    sorry, have to cxl due to work: %#**^#+!!!

    April 4, 2013

  • o'suzanna

    sorry, had to cxl due to work. %##$#**!!

    April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    have my own Kayak

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    2013 paid supporter. I have my own kayak. I'm a Veggie Wet Dog.

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey my bday is the 9th This sounds like fun. I'll get back

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I am going to miss this! I will have family in town.

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Need to talk to Mike about the food.

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry about the typos! I was watching tv while typing.

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my our(myself and wife) first "meetup" outing. I love kayak camping and she is still leary of camping lol. I assume this place has facilities? I usually onky primitive camp. I will be paying to be a supporter also!

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I added 1 guest

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My husband and I will be bringing our own kayaks and tent

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have my own kayak~

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Count me in!

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mike, was the date changed on this event? I had it on my calendar for March 16th.

    March 3, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      Ronda, I made a mistake when I posted it for Mar 16 I meant to post it for April 13th.

      March 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok. Just checking to make sure I wasn't going crazy! Not that that is proof! Lol

      March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had originally said we need kayaks but we actually do not.

    March 2, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      Ok Jenna it will show in your payment.

      March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we still on for the Kayoga sunset,,palm harbor,,,march 30th.

    March 4, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      yes Earl, i's now on the calendar.

      March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    have own kayak,,,paid paypal-35.00

    March 2, 2013

  • Carolina M.

    Ok everyone note that I changed the meals to Saturday dinner and Sunday Breakfast. I had breakfast and dinner on Saturday by mistake. It's good now. Sorry if this messed anyone up. Thanks Mr Bill for noticing.

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i am not sure but I think this statement needs correcting.
    $35 if bringing your own kayak (includes breakfast and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday morning)
    breakfast on Saturday??
    also you promised to make tonights fishing skool.
    if you come i need to swap out an XL cotton t shirt for an XXL t shirt in green.
    thanks

    February 28, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      Ooops thanks for catching that. I just changed it. I will try to get to BJ's for the fishing skool. You need XXL in what design? You must like your shirts extra loose.

      February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    will have my kayak

    February 27, 2013

  • Mardie

    Would like to rent a kayak. Looking forward to this trip!

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    will need a kayak for this one.

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i have a kayak

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    See you there.

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have my own kayak.

    February 26, 2013

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