New Meetup: Everglades Adventure

From: Carolina M.
Sent on: Saturday, February 21, 2009 2:53 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Tampa Bay Outdoors Online!

Just a reminder for this trip coming up and new info on the trip. New info will be in red.

What:

Everglades Adventure



When: March 13,[masked]:00 AM

Where:
Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: The Everglades are simply amazing!Also known as the Ten Thousand Islands. No worries this is not the swamp, but the outer barrier islands. As the weather cools off and winter sets in, the Everglades reach their prime. Sunny clear skies and warm waters provide a perfect paddling environment, not to mention thousands of small mangrove islands, white sand beaches, exotic wildlife & flora unique to this region, fantastic food, first class beach camping and great company. This kayaking trip with Carolina Mike's Kayaking is an ideal way to spend spring break. Don't Miss out on this once a year opportunity. Sign up Now! to reserve your spot
Paddling difficulty: Beginner and up welcome. Aprox. 25 miles in three days.


Map of our paddling route: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=707942&id=578557795

Note only serious RSVP's only on this trip. Meetup members who belong to TABOO only will receive the discount cost of this trip. We're only taking a limited amount on this trip. 8 is our trip limit.

We'll have to time the tides just right to go through Sandfly Pass on this ebb tide so we'll get an early start on Friday.
High Tide on Friday is: 4:48 AM
Low tide on Friday is: 11:51 AM

Itinerary:

We'll figure to drive down Thursday night and stay at Dori's house in Naples. Dori is on the trip so she asked if we'd like to stay there instead of a hotel to save money. We think this is very nice of her to offer her place. Her address is 11829 Night Heron Drive, Naples,Fl. 34119 cell[masked]-7164. She said she can put up at least 8 people, only have beds for 2 couples, but have 2 sofa's if they don't want to sleep on floor with sleeping bags.
We'll wake up early and drive to Everyglades City and then pack our kayaks at the ranger station. A permit from the Park Service obtained no more than a day in advance, is required for camping at all back country sites. The permit is by first come first serve only. We will obtain this for the group. In addition there are only so many permits per island so it's first come first serve.

The plan is to get on the water between 8 am and 9 am. We'll be putting in at Chokoloskee Bay and paddling to the Sandfly pass in time to take advantage of the ebb tide. We'll camp Friday night on Racoon Key and Saturday night on the Sandy Beaches of Picnic Key.

This is backcountry primitive camping. If concerned about what to bring and how to do this attend the mini meetup regarding this trip and learn how to pack your kayak for camping. Payment info: We will require a payment in full by March, 4 th to be considered signed up for this trip. If you do not get your payment in by then you will be taken off the list and someone on the wait list will be moved up.

On Wednesday March 4 th. We'll have a mini meetup and dinner after our monthly Kayaking 4 Fitness outings to discuss the itinerary, what to bring, food, camping, carpool and other arrangements for this trip. Meeting will be at the Whistle Stop in Safety Harbor on Main St. at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to attend.


Cost: Renting a kayak for 3-Day/2-Night - $349 per person (Includes all gear, guides, food) Tents available to rent as well. Byokayak - $239 (Includes all gear, guides, food)

Discounted cost for TABOO meetup members: If signed up and paid by February 25 th. (If renting a kayak the member cost will only be $319. Those Byokayak members cost will only be $209

Call or email Mike for more info at[masked]/ [address removed]

Cancelation notice: If you cancel 14 or more days before the start of the trip you will receive a full refund minus $25 service fee. If you cancel 13 days or less you will not receive a trip refund unless someone takes your place on the trip. A small service fee may be charged in addition. If we cancel the trip for any reason a full refund will be given.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/AdventureTampabay/calendar/9404146/

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