Great paddle weather..sunny & crisp and a pod of manatees! Crane Creek is my favorite go to for a paddle even without customers. The wildlife is abundant and this is the only spot that have witnessed manatees coming out of the water to eat. The few alligators here also seem to get along fine with the manatees which is probably a combo of their size (avg is 900 to 1300 lbs) and number. I must have seen over 15 today and guess there was a lot more. An Osprey flew over head with a fish in it's claws adding an extra awe to the moment.To be able to escape into nature without leaving town is such a blessing and I am so eager to share it. Once people get out and see how comfortable, easy and enjoyable this is I know they will want to do it again. I am also very happy with the green color of the kayaks. It is eco friendly and does blend in nice with the trees, mangroves and the sunshine and so far the manatees like them. Might have to rethink the color for SUP order. Looking forward to November...kk
The arrival of the best weather in Florida and the entire country has come. Hurricane Sandy passed bye with high winds and rainy days and she is on her way to my friends and family in New Jersey/the entire Northeast. Just another reminder to us all to respect and pay attention to Mother Nature. It amazes me that the force of nature can shut down entire cities to remind us humans ( especially the city folk) that everything is connected. Without connection to ourselves, each other, animals and nature we experience dis-ease and unbalance. I am sure everyone will weather the storm and perhaps enjoy the hidden gift she brings...unplugging from technology. No electric means no cable, internet, work, travel, school, shopping, social media etc. Living in the now, together making eye contact, talking, playing cards and board games. It's like a 48 hour time out in reverse, a time in.
Lots of paddling and running around town marketing meeting great people. The weather is crisp, the oxygen seems fresher and cleaner and the animals are out in full force. The new Aspire kayak from Wilderness is awesome and with the skeg may be the one I use for my quick creek paddles. All this talk about weather and kayaking has me signing off and ready for another great week outside. kk
I started kayaking in S Florida (Jupiter) 15 years ago and once i paddled the wild and scenic Loxahatchee River my adventures, explorations, friendships and connection to nature and wildlife changed forever. And for that a piece of my heart will always be in Jupiter. Paddling among 500 year old Cypress trees, alligators, otters, hearing birds wings in flight was and still is a step back in time...the real Florida. I learned to feel the energy and flow of the river and her residents every paddle. I felt connected especially on solo paddles and became open and sensitive to the fact nature holds knowledge and history not to be found in any written book. Lots of adventure spirited male friends (husbands of most of my friends) willing to go on weekend trips all over the state started, then the Everglades, Costa Rica, Virgin Islands, and different states. My early trips were such learning experiences mostly shared from co paddlers/friends and mishaps! Long distance and camping trips in kayaks are huge planning, gear, food, water and picking the right people to be in the middle of no where with skill requirements. Some advanced skills classes thru the ACA and the boys @ Adventure Times in N Palm Beach & JOC and I found myself getting PAID to guide trips. I still have my first check stub as a guide :-) My legal background, customer service and passion for kayaking & nature all fit together as guide and eventually staring out the window @ the inter-coastal waterway daydreaming at work (US Bankruptcy Court) yep, I worked for "the Man"..12 years. A lay off and independence day (7-4-08) later would open the door to new beginnings and endings.
Yoga teacher certification (more of an immersion) a creative first attempt yet short lived mobile co in Jupiter, relocation back to Melbourne where my Florida life started 20 years ago beach side with my BFF Debbie Seiler and FIT (Fl Insitute of Technology) friends. The kayaking in S Brevard County (Melbourne, beaches, palm bay) took me by surprise. The wildlife encounters with dolphins, manatee were plentiful and i even found a great alligator spot. The call to share this with folks again came to me paddle after paddle, manatee after manatee, dolphin after dolphin...you get the picture. Finally a push from the universe ( one of many) in disguise and a sub plot of love, trust, friendship and faith not worthy to write on a blog ( possibly a book) birthed this new kayak company endeavor & journey. So, here I am...trailer designed, being built, new Wilderness Pungo's ordered and will be here next week, paddles and gear already arrived and weekend of DS labor creating a logo & web site!
Paddlingly Yours, kk