Little did I suspect that when I got my wife her first kayak we’d be searching for so many out of the way creeks, bays, lakes, and waterways to explore and get some exercise. Nor did I envision how much she would enjoy paddling along getting some sun without a care in the world while I fished to my heart’s content.
Florida is surrounded and covered by water bodies of every type and almost all of it can be traversed by watercraft of one type or another, but how do you know where to go? Theresa and I found a trail guide while we were in Flamingo a few weeks ago that takes some of the mystery out of where to go. The Fabulous Florida Canoe and Kayak Trail Guide gives in depth descriptions of a huge number of marked and unmarked trails across the state. The trails range from those that only take a few hours to explore to some that require a bit more preparation and maybe even overnight or extended camping to complete. The trail descriptions are quite helpful and the photographs make us want to explore more and more locations across the state.
We’ve started checking various trails off our list and I think we started with one of the most interesting I’ve ever been on. The Hell’s Bay Canoe Trail in Flamingo proved to be truly challenging for my fledgling kayaker who spent a lot of time backing out of the mangroves she errantly steered into after missing a hairpin turn (or three). I really enjoyed sharing the experience with her and fully expect to hit the water quite a bit more in the years to come. We’ll be getting some much needed exercise and exploring the state’s splendid waterways at the same time.
We’re quite lucky to live in a part of the world with greatly varied climates and landscapes, making for some extremely interesting exploratory adventures. Despite its relative flatness, Florida has highly diverse terrain and waterways, ensuring that we never run out of interesting places to spend our days off with loved ones. Springs, creeks, rivers, lakes, estuaries, and marine water of every type can be explored just a short drive from where you live so there’s no excuse for not loading up and hitting the water. Get out there and paddle your way across the state because you’re sure to see and experience things you would have otherwise missed had there been a motor attached to your boat.
Brian “Beastman” Eastman