Following the great kayaking challenge of 2012, my friends invited me to join them on a paddling day-trip in Manatee Bay, not far from Key Largo.
This time I brought a map, compass, large supply of food and drink, sunscreen, bug spray, extra clothes, toilet paper, etc. Also a more comfortable kayak.
Here is the route. We started at South Dade Marina (a great place to leave your car for a day’s paddling), went SE down the Glades/Aerojet canal, and then followed the dotted lines NE through the shallow lakes and then down to the beach at Short Key.
We hung out at the beach for a few hours and then headed straight back across Manatee Bay with a tailwind. The day’s trip was about 7 miles and one of our group recorded most of it on his GPS.
It was a fun day. Aside from a period on the beach when I ate too much and had to lie down for a while, there was much less adventure on this trip as compared to the last one. This could be good or bad depending on how you look at it.