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Everyglades (Ten Thousand Islands) Adventure

From: Carolina M.
Sent on: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 1:29 PM

Hey Wet Doggers. Hope you don’t mind me calling you that, but I just say what comes out of my head.  We hope your staying warm and  your holidays are going well.  Some important info following this crazy info on our quickly growing group.  Probably based on the new name and coolness level or maybe the snappy, whitty emails I send.

 

Whew!  We just got back from a scout trip to Cayo Costa, Sanibel, and Captiva, (bucket list trips no doubt.), and without going home met a hardy group at the Safety Harbor Marina in time for our "Kayaking 4 Fitness"  A little cold at first, but six of us warmed up fast and paddled the elusive mangrove trail at "Coopers Bayou" in an amazing (waxing?) moonlight.  I’m decompressing those outings today and in addition doing the ground work for an outrageous Suwannee River Adventure”, not to mention our multi Paddling Jamboree meetup coming in Feb.  I see we have lots of interest in that and we’re still coming up with some cool “Survivor Type games” for you to participate in.   Stay tuned for more info on these and other “Wet Dog” news coming up.  I know… I must be ADD with all the jumping around.  Hey, I get an idea in my head and I go with the flow.   Anyway, I was happy to see almost all are paid up for the Everglades Adventure, and based on interest in this trip, I just expanded the rsvp’s to take eleven paddlers.  No worries we’ll bring another guide to help out on this trip.

 

We've been getting some probing questions about the Everglades Trip in January, so I thought I'd relay some more exciting info to ya all.  If you’re not interested in this just skip down to the end of the email please…We’ll be paddling (a mile in open water) across Chokoloskee Bay near Everglades City and then hook up into Sand Fly Pass to expedite our route to the outer barrier islands.  If we time the tide correctly we'll zip though the pass in about two hours or less.  Further on there will be about 5- 7 miles of open water paddling between some of the bigger islands if we go to Pavilion Key, less if we camp on Rabbit Key.  We'll hit some smaller islands for lunch on the way.  We usually get to camp on the islands we prefer, but it all depends on our position in line at the reservation walk up at the Ranger Station.  It's really first come first serve to get the islands you want to camp on.  Some islands hold up to 20 or more and other as little as 8 paddlers.

 

We'll paddle in a semi tight group for safety, keep an eye on the weather, and stop at small places like “Indian Key” and “Rabbit Key” for lunches and to just add a break in the paddling routine.  I attached the proposed paddling route in this email to give you some idea of distance and to orient you with our padding route.  Please try to make the Thursday, Jan 7th meetup and discussion if you are signed up and paid for this trip. 

 

Also we’ve been getting questions on events (and about five new members a day, certainly based on the new logo. Can you tell I designed the logo?) and weather we will be doing T-shirts for the group.  Absolutely!  AlI I have to do it figure out which logo to print, and who to use for printing.  We have one member who does own a local printing shop (Dude, if you’re reading this email give us a shout) so I hope to get a quote from him so we can make them affordable to all.  Attached are the two logos.  It will be helpful to know how many would be interested in a shirt as well as which logo you think we should print.  The shirts may be black or black and white on color, but it depends on price we can get.

 

 I can be reached at[masked] for more questions or inquiries about trips any time. 

 

Season’s Greetings and thanks for everyone's support and interest in our new group.

 

Carolina Mike (group founder and one of the cool facilitators)

 

Wet Dog Adventures

http//:www.meetup.com/wetdogadventures

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