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At 7:46pm on January 28, 2014, Rob Stevens said…

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.

  

At 6:10pm on October 31, 2013, Jay said…

No worries.  I was not famiiar with that location and didn't realize it was the turn-around.  I am serious - just throw my crap in the woods if it is in the way - LOL.  It's tough as nails.

Thanks for the condolences.  We have a very tight extended family.  Very sad situation - but we will move forward.

See you soon.

At 1:12pm on December 25, 2010, Bob Bonnen said…
Thanks brother! Same to you all the best to you and your family!
At 6:27pm on December 23, 2008, yakmaster said…

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Flex Kayakfari.com replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
"Hope y'all are well and paddling!! I interrupt the summer slumber to wish you all a Happy 4th from American Shoal Lighthouse! :)"
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yakmaster replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
"The gate is open and now you can do stuff!!! Everglades National Park increases recreational access to Homestead entrance Homestead, Fla. – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state…"
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Flex Kayakfari.com replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
"I sure would like some of what you're having! ;)"
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yakmaster replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
"OK, just realized that the background, while sawgrass colored, is not sawgrass...it's the neighbor's roof. The science projects i thought i saw in teh grass are actually roof vents! Dang this COVID lockdown is getting to my brain! I see…"
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yakmaster replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
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Flex Kayakfari.com replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
"With all the water access closures and restrictions, I had to get creative to find new places to kayak! Kayaking the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic Worldwide Shutdown and Lockout."
Mar 23
yakmaster replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
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Flex Kayakfari.com replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
"Many good paddlers already practice social distancing and self-quarantining as part of their regular healthy exercise program. Safety first starts with the Safety Sombrero v2.0  along with a proper fitting face mask. Also, I am testing a…"
Mar 17
yakmaster replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
"VC's are closed, but the gates are open!!! Get out there!! National Parks and Preserve Remain Open, Visitor Facilities and Programs Closing Homestead, Fla. – The four National Park Service (NPS) sites in South Florida—Everglades,…"
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yakmaster posted a discussion

COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine

In these crazy days, one thing is sure, the gator going by ain't gonna give you COVID19, and you're not going to give it to the blue Heron!So the time is right to get into your boat, boots or bike and get out into the open! Besides, it's good to stretch and exercise your lungs to get them strong for the potential fight ahead!Let's enjoy the outdoors, alone or in small groups preferably, before it gets hot. If nothing else, it can help with the sanity and the stircraziness that comes from…See More
Mar 16
yakmaster replied to Ted's discussion Into the Glades 2020
"Ted \Looks like a darn good time. Jealous, as nice as the weather's been, been locked up inside! Need to get out and stretch a paddle...but it looks like this season is about gone... Flex When are we going to see your version?"
Mar 11
yakmaster replied to yakmaster's discussion 2019/20 Season is upon us!
"The Mrs. says i have Sunday off...anyone want to go for a light paddle? I was thinking Chapman Field if we don't want to go down to the park or maybe 9 mile now that the water's nice & high... Around 10-11 am so as to not strain the…"
Nov 14, 2019
Amazon Bill replied to yakmaster's discussion 2019/20 Season is upon us!
"You’re reading my mind, Yakster...I missed last season. Time to part the reeds, slog and bog, and sling some phytoplankton! I’m in need of a light solo canoe my self. "
Nov 13, 2019
Flex Kayakfari.com replied to yakmaster's discussion 2019/20 Season is upon us!
"I'm ready to go anywhere .. “Grand Illusion” – Connect the Dots NOW!"
Nov 11, 2019
Gary M replied to yakmaster's discussion 2019/20 Season is upon us!
"I'm ready! I tried to hang with y'all a few years back. I did a few trips, but in my wide tandem canoes that I use for flyfishing I just could not keep up. I now own a light solo canoe that I picked up used and made some minor repairs to…"
Oct 16, 2019
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2019/20 Season is upon us!

The 2019/20 season is kicking in, the cooling has begun!Let's get out in the backcountry & come back and talk about it. Start some new posts!Thinking of going out in the backcountry, reach out & talk about it! Start some new posts!Let's get this site buzzing again!  We've had some good times, made some good friends and found all kinda routes! Let's keep the fire going!!!See More
Oct 15, 2019
yakmaster replied to yakmaster's discussion Finally, Flamingo is back from life support!
"Flamingo is back! We have several houseboats in the fleet as well as day rentals of a variety of boats for the inside. This season there will be rental ecotents and the new hotel and restaurant are coming! It's been almost 15 years since…"
Oct 15, 2019

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