Hey Yakmaster. I fully understand your concern about publicizing routes that can be difficult. I do firmly believe in people's right to get lost. But as a society we now seem to feel its our right to be rescued at the publics expense. Then to make things even more complicated people involved in SAR worry that charging for rescue will make people wait too long to call for help.
If you look on Google Map at the south end of the Lost Portage you can see the last 1300 feet runs from a canoeable creek to a creek that bisects the LP running N/S. There is a white pole at the canoeable creek and a white pole just west of the N/S creek. This is by far the longest stretch without white poles. When we did the LP this was by far the easiest portion of any White Pole section. Most everywhere else you could see three WPs at once. The sections with mangrove puddles marked by surveyor tape, if I remember, were canoeable. It took me 15 minutes to walk this stretch. It took us 3 hours to push the canoe this stretch. Towards the end we carried our water jugs to lighten the canoe. We had no reason to use a compass because the trail was obvious.
I know when I was younger it would have been only one night. I feel by writing my story it makes people aware that late December might be too late. The perphytons were high and dry.
In other entries in the excitement of mapping the LP someone commented that a fully loaded WW canoe could do it. We definitely were fully loaded, still had 8 days to go.
Perhaps there is someway of knowing if the seasonal water is too low? I would suggest if one is starting at the South Portal and find the periphytons high and dry they prepare themselves for a haul.
We did have a lot of fun. I hope to run into you some day. Allison is a college professor so our trips are always around Christmas. It was fun to run into Connie and Vivian the other year to put a face on the people we are always reading.
"Yes we did!
As usual, excellent report. I almost didn't go when you didn't show up. Why paddle and Invitational if The Charlie Rose of the Backcountry isn't there! If Flex don't tell the story, it's almost like it…"
I know most of us on here are a bunch of old coots (& Cutes), but for those of you under 40, this looks like a great way to get deeper into your parks!More info & signup at: https://www.southfloridaparks.org/ambassadors/The National Park Ambassadors ProgramThe National Park Ambassadors Program is a six-month environmental leadership program for young professionals focused on South Florida’s four national parks. We are looking…See More
"I beg to differ with your statement that "getting lost/stranded isn't that big of a concern".
Actually getting lost here is a MAJOR concern, and VERY easy, it's also half the fun. As John Buckley says, we like to get lost early…"
I know it's not deep everglades stuff. But it's awfully buggy inland, so here's a chance to get offshore!Got the following note from Jessica:Hey Charlie,Hope you are doing well! I wanted to connect to see if you would be interested in participating and/or helping recruit volunteers for an upcoming event in Biscayne?The plan is to add a volunteer component to Biscayne's derelict trap removal projects (funded by the Trust). I recently spoke to John Ricisak from DERM who has worked on similar…See More
National Park Service Selects New Operator for Everglades National Park New contract will expand and improve visitor services including a new restaurant and lodging at Flamingo HOMESTEAD, Fla – Get ready for new ways to experience Everglades National Park! On May 30, 2017, the National Park Service selected Everglades Guest Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Guest Services, Inc. (Guest Services), to provide visitor services in the park’s Flamingo district. The contract requires…See More
"That crease does look interesting and looks like it could hold some water early in the season. Could be interesting to launch at the pond & try to go out the back of it & see where it goes...
I think the St. Mary's Cathedral is a…"
"As usual, EXCELLENT writeup.
Your narrative brought me back to the trail!
I thought the trail back to the south portal was a bit longer and didn't remember the turn I saw coming. Then I walked off the edge. I can assure you it is MUCH…"
Thanks for the writeup!
And thanks to you & all the other Deep Ex'ers for your help in pulling this off!
I think everyone (and especially the skeeters) had a good time!
See you all in Silver Springs next year!
Merry Merry, Happy…"
The South Florida Bushpaddlers Association is hosting the 2016 Florida Paddlers Rendezvous at FlamingoThis event is an annual event that brings together all the paddle clubs from the state, and beyond, to get together & paddle the heck out of a place. Picture 200-300 paddlers showing up to see what's out there.This year's Rendezvous is commemorating the Centennial of the National Parks Service and the net proceeds will go to the South Florida National Parks Trust for their support of our…See More
"That Epic looks pretty, but I don't see a lot of access.
You need space to put stuff in and the ability to get it in and out of the boat. I used to use a Seda Glider, which is what Flex paddles on many of those trips you see.
"The issue with boots is how high?
As long as the boots are taller than the water, they're great. Once the water is taller than the boot, you're walking around with buckets at the end of your legs...
Quick drying shoes (or none at all)…"