I paddled roughly 20 miles today. It was a really great day to be on the water. I managed to get a shower at Curry Hammock State Park, resupplied my food in Marathon. There’s a private boat ramp near a Dollar Tree and the owner allows kayakers to use it. Just let him know you’re there. It’s an extremely helpful stop. I also ate a delicious hamburger at Driftwood Pizza and Subs. Very friendly people there and good food that doesn’t break the bank.
Today I saw a big manatee, tarpon, two very large stingrays, a black tip shark, several nurse sharks, starfish, sea urchins, and all the birds you can think of. Oh yeah, I can’t forget the iguana.
I had planned on staying at Boot Key but there’s nothing there. So, I paddled 5 miles down the Seven Mile Bridge to the islands my friends Frank and Monica own. What a gorgeous area! The water is full of life. The island is covered in hermit crabs. Birds perch about watching your every move. I can’t wait to explore more of it tomorrow. Don’t even get me started on the night sky out here! It’s a true paradise.
If anyone is wondering, I did wear some green today. 😉