Everglades Trip Report

Just returned from an 11-day trip where we paddled 135 miles from Flamingo, Florida to Everglades City. An ocean voyage that split the heart of the Everglades. My partners on the journey were Fran Rulon-Miller and travel writer Larry Rice from Buena Vista, Colorado; veteran Minnesota paddler Darrel Foss and the legendary Cliff Jacobson. Fran and Larry paddled a 42-year-old Old Town Tripper, Darrel and Cliff were in a Dagger Venture and I paddled a solo Bell Yellowstone with a Cooke Custom Sewing cover. The January drive to south Florida is a never ending parade of strip malls and naked trees. We spent a night at a northern Florida state park where freestyle paddling rockstar Jim Mandle volunteers as a blacksmith. The state park rents out quaint cabins with massive wraparound screen porches, fireplaces and rocking chairs. But it was no time to be rocking, as the Suwannee  River flowed … Continue reading

BWCA Permit Reminder

DSC_0255-300x200You may now reserve BWCAW permits for the 2014 summer season on a first come first served basis. Permits are required for all day and overnight visitors to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Permits do not reserve a campsite, but rather grant access to a particular entry point.  Booking ahead and paying a fee is not necessary from October 1 – April 30th and is not subject to a quota.  During this time you may pick up a day permit (non-quota) at designated issuing stations the day of or the day before entry.  Similarly, during the summer season, day permits can be obtained in the same fashion. However, overnight permits are required for the summer months and quotas can fill early, possibly spoiling canoeing opportunities if paddlers have not planned ahead. Reservations can … Continue reading

Out of the Everglades

DSCN1180-300x225Just completed an 11-day 135 mile trip by solo canoe in the Everglades wilderness. My route was from south to north so I was buffeted by 4 salvos of cold fronts for very unFlorida like weather. But the bracing winds were preferred to the sultry  days that I had anticipated.

Sometimes, I wonder why I eschew the comforts of home for stints in the wilds. One reason came clear to me in a barber shop yesterday, the same day that I awoke  sleeping on a platform and listening to Barred Owls and the flat quack of White Ibis.

Arriving at a south Florida hotel I made a discovery. While on my journey, my beard trimmer had accidentally turned on in my duffle bag and its integral battery completely ran down. Not having … Continue reading

Way down upon the Suwanne River

DSC_0255-300x200yesterday on the Suwanne River

Leaving tomorrow morning on a ten day trip in the Everglades. Great companions on the journey: my good friends, Cliff Jacobson, Darrell Foss, Larry Rice and Fran Rulon. It’s my first time in the Glades since 1972 and I am excited. Hope to see lots of birds, manatees, pythons, and lots of gators. Unfortunately, weather is on the cool side. In 1972 I spent the coldest day of my life skin diving off Key Largo so maybe history is repeating itself, oh well.