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COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
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Started this discussion. Last reply by yakmaster Nov 14, 2019.

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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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Gary M replied to yakmaster's discussion Still creek
"Not down, but I did peek up from West Lake and it looked pretty bad. That last 100 yards across the embankment was always the worst 'cuz that is where the larger trees are. Up above that, in the maze might be possible but that last stretch will…"
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Still creek

Has anyone been down still creek from noble Hammock into west lake recently?Wondering if it still is still passable post irma?See More
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Flex Kayakfari.com replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
"Yes, lots coming though the pipeline .. it's been unclogged! ;) Here's the full scoop on American Shoal Lighthouse: https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/2021/02/10/american-shoal-lighthouse-the-kayak-as-a-personal-declaration-of-independence/"
Feb 10
yakmaster replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
"Flex Happy New Year! In 2021 we are looking for new trip reports on shark Valley paddling from both ends, Jones Lagoon, ocean side, Florida Bay and what else?!?! OH Yeah... And an end to COVID!"
Dec 31, 2020
Flex Kayakfari.com replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
"Final shot for 2020 with a sunset over the Johnson Key chickee: https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/2020/12/28/saying-goodbye-to-2020-with-a-sunset-over-the-johnson-key-chickee-in-florida-bay/ Happy NYE 2021 !!"
Dec 31, 2020
yakmaster replied to Geoffrey H Kendrick's discussion Pahayokee to Rookery Branch?
"Me too!"
Dec 22, 2020
yakmaster replied to Geoffrey H Kendrick's discussion Pahayokee to Rookery Branch?
"I waited a week because I figured we'd get a REAL trip report from Flex, but I guess his technical difficulties are still slowing him down. Last Sunday, not yesterday, but a week ago yesterday, it got done did! Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and…"
Dec 21, 2020
yakmaster replied to Geoffrey H Kendrick's discussion Pahayokee to Rookery Branch?
"Went all the way back to 2010.... never been this high! I can’t escape, but somebody should give it a run!"
Dec 8, 2020
yakmaster replied to Terry's discussion Water Height
"Is that LPk? nce!"
Dec 4, 2020
yakmaster replied to Terry's discussion Water Height
"Enjoy! The whole park is DEEP. Water's across the road in some places. And in Flamingo, the eco tents and houseboats are available. Pilings are being driven for the cottages. Delivery, late next season."
Nov 22, 2020
yakmaster replied to Terry's discussion Water Height
"Bill 2020 is shaping up to be an epic grass paddling year. Water levels below 41 are at historic highs and the water above 41 has SFWMD moving even more into the park! Pick a date and GO! Report back!"
Nov 21, 2020
Flex Kayakfari.com replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
"Here's one with the Yakmaster .. Paddling and jonesing for scenics on Jones Lagoon upon southern Biscayne Bay."
Nov 18, 2020
yakmaster replied to Terry's discussion Water Height
"Levels are SUPER HIGH! Pahayokee road is closed, mahogany as well.Shark valley entrance is flooded as is the loop out to the tower. SFWMD has opened the gates at 40 mile bend and plans to keep it flowing through year end. Good time to take a…"
Nov 18, 2020
Flex Kayakfari.com replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
"Arrival at Little Rabbit Key campsite to find it under a foot of water! Never before have I seen this much water there, it's not king tide, it's all the rain water soaked in and pushed back up with the tide. This called for Plan B! ;)"
Nov 5, 2020
Flex Kayakfari.com replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
"One more for ya, in the Ghost! A quick afternoon visit to Elliott Key on Biscayne Bay, about 19 miles R/T: The GREY GHOST on the rocks at Elliott Key. One of the joys of paddling a lightweight performance surfski is the ability to cruise at…"
Oct 31, 2020
Flex Kayakfari.com replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
"The Grey Ghost at Fowey Rocks, September 2020. Another brutally hot return ride .. good thing fall is almost here!"
Sep 7, 2020
yakmaster replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
"SWEET shot!"
Aug 5, 2020
Flex Kayakfari.com replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
"At Sand Key light I was fortunate to find just enough 'sand' to pull out my surfski onto. The only one of the six offshore reef lighthouses where I was able to stand on dry ground! :) I brought the pole, of course in case I would find…"
Aug 4, 2020
yakmaster replied to yakmaster's discussion COVID19 Wilderness Quarantine
"Beautiful Day to be an American and to be on the water! BUT IT WAS HOT!!!  I assume we'll be hearing more about your voyage? Great to hear from you!"
Jul 6, 2020
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! :)"
Jul 4, 2020

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