|Report By: || cgodreau|| Date: 9/13/2014|| |
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|We'll paddle from inside Matanzas Inlet past Fort Matanzas, then around Rattlesnake Island and head south down the ICWW. Making our way through a maze of marsh tidal creeks, we'll enter Pellicer Bay from the north and then cross over to the Princess Ho~|
This FSKA paddle was announced to members of the Jacksonville Kayaking Meetup Group and with the location being close to Jacksonville, the weather nice and a launch time around noon, there was a good response. I think we had 30, or maybe 32 boats, with 4 tandems in the mix but the size of the group never really was a problem. As expected we had a variety of boat sizes and paddler skills but the trip was billed as EASY, as it should, which would tend to attract just that. We had one inflatable tandem that had problems so I had Andy stay back with them. Ultimately they had to return (took the shortcut takeout) to their car as the boat was not stable enough to continue. Too bad, they looked like a happy couple regardless of their gear troubles.
We took several swim / cool down breaks, one just 30 minutes into the trip so everyone could relax and enjoy the scene. The ICW beach just across from Rattlesnake Island is very nice, with the sun behind us, the water cool, green & clear. After our second stop I made a point to everyone that they could just stay on the ICW beaches if they didn't want to go thru the tidal creeks and on to the Palace. No takers, everyone wanted to continue, so we did.
Once on the Palace grounds everyone spread out (plenty of acres & restrooms), some resting on the grass, some in the rocking chairs with more than a few tired folks, but all had smiles! We had to paddle into the wind a bit, so although it kept us cool it added a bit to the effort needed. The hard part was done though, as we'd change directions and flow with the tide and wind on the way back. Surprisingly though, the tide was slow to turn as we may have had an extra high level.
|Distance (miles): ||12|
|Fees/Costs $: ||0|
Photos from Fort Mantanzas: (Click image to view full size)
Post Date: 9/16/2014
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