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…

Little Talbot Island


I stayed the night at Little Talbot Island near Jacksonville, Florida. It is a beautiful place, but the camping was a little pricey at $26 per night for tent camping. I did a little kayaking in the morning in the estuary right behind my campsite. The following is a time-lapse…

Pocomoke River


I am visiting my brother Chuck in Maryland for a few weeks. We decided to do some kayaking while I am here, first exploring a stream that feeds off of the pond that Chuck's house sits on. We paddled across the pond and then portaged over the road to enter…

Pandora’s Toe


Corinne and I made a trip to Trinidad last weekend. We spent some time in Port of Spain for the wedding of one of Corinne's friends which was quite an interesting spectacle - the perfect way to try to understand the multicultural nature of Trinidad. The groom was of Indian…

Callaloo


I had sampled some callaloo (along with fish and coocoo - another staple food here) last week when Corinne and I stopped for lunch at Store Bay beach.  A few days ago I found a callaloo pack at the local grocery store, containing most of the required ingredients for the…

Coconut Bake


This is a recipe Corinne found on the Trinigourmet website which looked so great we had to try it. I had found a coconut during our trip to Pigeon Point and managed to husk it, crack it open and remove the beautiful white flesh, which I then grated coarsely. Coconut…

Pelau


This recipe is from the cookbook called The Multi-Cultural Cuisine of Trinidad & Tobago & the Caribbean written by the Naparima Girls' High School. Pelau #ratingval# from #reviews# reviews Print Recipe Type: Main Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour 15 mins Serves: 8 Pelau…

Curried crab with dumplings


I arrived in Tobago on Sunday night, the warm, moist air welcoming me as I stepped off the airplane and onto the tarmac. I fairly well zoomed through immigration and customs and then waited for Corinne to arrive. She drove the 10 odd miles from the airport to her condo…

OkumeFest


I attended a wooden boat festival called OkumeFest in Annapolis, Maryland on May 14 and 15, 2010.  Okume is the type of plywood used by many boat builders, but they had lots of strip-built boats which were what I was interested in seeing.  There were some beautiful boat examples as…

Website Launch!


So this is my first posting to the new website. I don't really know the full extent of my plans for this site yet, but I want it to cover all, or at least, most of my interests. Primarily, I want it to document my forays into the realm of…