Hi All -
First off, this website has been a great resource as I research all things Everglades. I've spent hours reading through threads and trying to get an idea of what I should do/bring/consider/etc. It's been fun and exciting to begin planning all of this and am looking forward to hearing some direct feedback from the community.
I'm planning a 2 night trip the weekend of 12/11 (leaving on Friday 11/1 and coming back on Sunday). I plan to paddle out Indian Key Pass with the outgoing tide around 2p and heading straight to Tiger Key or Picnic Key. I'm thinking to just camp at one of those two sites for both nights and just fish around the area on Saturday before packing up and paddling back w/the incoming tide (low tide at 8a) on Sunday morning.
My questions are:
Please share your collective wisdom with the new guy! I'm open to all suggestions and advice....Thanks in advance!
To add to what Vivian wrote. if you use a pencil and a straight-edge to draw in your route, you will see that even if you are heading for a nice wide channel, if the angle by which you are approaching it may make it seem like a solid green wall. When you get out toward the open ocean, you will see if a nearer key is blocking your view of the key you are headed to in the distance. Or if the key in the distance just seems to be part of the nearer one because the water between the two is not visible. Keep your eye out for power boats appearing from a solid wall of green. That's where the channel is. And don't rest your compass on a piece of steel. Have fun.
Flex - Your blog and advice have been super helpful. The entire community here has been helpful, but you've documented a lot of your trips and all the info is a great resource. Pending the weather, I may look at doing a prelim trip this weekend out of Goodland. It looks like there is a lot of space to camp so even if it's busy, I should be able to find some peace and quiet.
Rob and Vivian - Thanks for the heads up. I've experienced this issue with scale and mangroves before. One thing that does concern me would be missing a turnoff for a smaller creek b/c of the way the mangroves tend to hide them a lot of times. We'll see how it goes.
It's all part of the adventure! Have fun. I am envious. Allison