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Posted: April 16 2007,08:07

I still remember when Don B. and Tanner  took their a long trip up into the backcountry of Whitewater Bay, Heck's Bay and on up to the Harney River.   As they put it...


...it was a great trip.  Tricky navigation, some fish stories, complete isolation and wilderness, billions of stars at night and a little misery and danger--all good ingredients for a good expedition."

On a whim I picked up an interesting DVD at, where else, Kayak Jeff's (KJ loves great kayaking videos and has a super selection - shameless commercial plug).  The title:

"Wilderness 99" by Ft. Lauderdale's own Pat Welsh

The background is this.  Pat began kayaking about 4 years ago on our own West Lake in Hollywood, then some ocean paddling off Dania, et al.  Soon, like Don,  he was drawn to the Everglades and gained much experience.  Finally in 2005 he decided he wanted to take a 100 mile trip beginning at Flamingo and ending in Everglades City by the ranger station.  


The trip took six days, and he averaged about 18 miles a day.   He carried about 125 lb. of gear in a plastic SIK, including his own video and audio equipment.   His  route began in Flamingo, and wound it's way through history:  Middle Cape, Lake Ingraham, Little Shark River, Ponce de Leon Bay, Harney River, Lostman's Bay, Alligator Creek, lst - 2nd and 3rd Bays, Darwin's Bay, Sweetwater, the Lopez River and ending in Everglades City.  This all part of the Wilderness Waterway.

Pat documented the entire journey from concept to completion, and self taped/recorded his journey from his 18 ft plastic SIK, a Dagger Atlantis with a built-in rudder.  He managed to capture the essence of this experience with panoramic footage, the solitude and quiet intersperced with high winds, rain and frightening thrashing below his chickee in the middle of the night.  

He learned to scratch while paddling and attempted the "Nightmare" - an eight mile stretch of narrowing mangrove mazes that can only be traversed at high tide - risking the possibility of getting lost, and getting caught at low tide, unable to leave your kayak and surrounded  by gators.  Really.  He was also joined briefly by David McNeely "The Panoramic Scribe" - a nature photographer from Hollywood who was on his own one-week adventure by small open motorboat.

Bottom Line:

A truly wonderful tape and a must buy for any Florida paddler or wannabee.  We've all been out there to some degree, but not like this.  It is inspiring and beautiful and truly captures the sights and feelings of our world famous Everglades.

A bargain and must buy at $19.95.   Available at Kayak Jeff's (who will now buy me a Guinness, lol)...


Link to Rob and Don's Excellent Adventure

Edited by Capn Jimbo on April 16 2007,20:26

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Posted: April 16 2007,17:04

On a whim I picked up an interesting DVD at, where else, Kayak Jeff's (KJ loves great kayaking videos and has a super selection - shameless commercial plug).

Great write up Jim...and you should plug Jeff's shop. Not only is he a great guy, he has gone way out of his way to help me a number of times.

And I do remember Rob and Don's great trip...thanks for bringing that back up!!

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