Silver Springs


Different kayakers I had met in other parts of Florida had told me about Silver Springs, usually describing it as the premier springs in Florida. Needless to say, I decided to go. I was pleasantly surprised to arrive at the put-in on a Sunday morning to see a dozen or…

Cayo Costa and Cabage Key


After my Everglades fiasco, I still wanted to do some camping from my kayak while in Florida. I did some research and found an island off coast from Port Charlotte called Cayo Costa that was home to a state park of the same name. En route to this island was…

Everglades


I was a little disappointed at the minimal opportunities for expedition style kayaking available from the Florida Keys and after some inquiries discovered that most of the "backcountry" kayaking was done from Everglades National Park. I went to the Everglades with ambitions of doing a four or five-day kayak camping…

Bahia Honda Key


A time-lapse video of me kayaking in the channel to the west of Bahia Honda under the old and new US-1 bridges: A video of some tarpons swimming under my kayak in deep water: They get over 5 feet long and over 120 lbs. I first saw them in deep…

Key Largo


A time-lapse video of me kayaking at the mangroves at John Pennekamp State Park: The sped up video makes it seem like I am practicing some sort of martial arts ;) Another video of me doing a paddle float re-entry - I am getting better at them:

Rainbow Springs Florida


Based on the advice of some kayakers I met in Crystal River (the same ones whose fervent praise of my kayak almost made me blush) I decided to visit Rainbow Springs which is about 45 minutes north and east of Crystal River. I camped the night at the state park…

Crystal River Florida


I stopped for a night's rest and a day of paddling at Crystal River, Florida, about an hour and a half north of Tampa. It is the year-round home of manatees although they are more prevalent in winter. Nonetheless, I was lucky enough to encounter perhaps a dozen of these…