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. The original Trip in April was cancelled due to weather so this is the make up trip.
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
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)
Special note: Some of you have paid already for the original trip and have a credit from that. You know who you are.
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. Some of you have paid already for the original trip and have a credit. 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 NOW!!! to secure your spot.