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Shell Key Paddle, woodfire Paella, Sangria & Beach Campout!

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Let's paddle and camp on the beautiful white sand beach on Shell Island...and enjoy an evening of Sangria, Paella and tapas(potluck style...with a theme :) Shell Island is my favorite, easy island paddle destination, right near Fort De Soto...and it's FREE! Got a permit for 25 people, so get your small tent, sleeping bag and simple overnight kayak camping gear together for a short paddle(30-40mins) to one of the most beautiful beaches you'll find! Saturday: We'll meet at 1pm 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, eat a picnic lunch that you've packed and spend the afternoon enjoying our island paradise. The island is known and named for it's abundance of shells. We can gather firewood for a large evening fire, it was plentiful last visit...then spend time discovering our island, paddling the mangrove islands, fishing(I intend to fish!) or paddle over to Fort Desoto for an icecream cone and wander thru the old fort. For dinner I'd like to make a big pan of paella to share...sangria anyone??....someone might contribute a large green salad..and your favorite tapas(small appetizers, both hot and cold) would be great ideas! Please post whatever you'd like to contribute to our tapas/paella beach dinner...(hint, if ya don't cook, olives, hard salami, good cheese n crackers, veggies n dip, fresh fruit, good bread or rolls..deli food is all convenient and good!) Will also need plenty of sangria! I'll bring plates, glasses and plastic utensils for sat dinner as well as a few garbage bags. Bring your own beverages and plenty of drinking water. After enjoying the gorgeous sunset from our beach campsite we can plan a moonlight paddle, so be sure to bring your lights..or just stroll the beach and watch the baby stingrays feed at waters edge. Our campfire will glow til morning. Sunday morning wake up for coffee and a simple breakfast, breakfast can be on your own or being something to share. We can plan another short paddle, weather and tide dependant...or just lounge on the beach before packing up camp, loading our kayaks and paddling the incoming tide back to our put-in. Sunday Lunch...for those of you who are interested, we'll have a late Sunday lunch at Billy's Stone Crab up in the third floor crows nest, (bloody mary's?)'s just a mile up the road on our way back...great seafood, oysters and of course, crab. What to bring: Your own kayak(sorry no rentals available this trip), PFD, whistle, bug spray, sunscreen, swimsuit, plenty of drinking water, small tent, sleeping bag, flashlight, water shoes or sandals, compact chair or beach blanket, personal items for one overnight stay, plate, cup, utensils plus your food and beverages. Note: there are no facilities on the island, but the showers and toilet facilities at fort Desoto are a short paddle away! Per camping rules, I'll tote the required privy....but, one is always strongly encouraged to water the bushes, as we are required to carry off all waste. Questions, call Victoria Pagano[masked], or email from my meetup profile Please note this event is weather dependant

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