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Today I turned left!

Posted 07-19-2009 at 08:22 PM by Sandra Bostwick
Updated 08-30-2009 at 03:45 PM by Sandra Bostwick
I took another Kayak trip today.

First off, if you stay at Dove Creek Lodge, and you decide to Kayak, bring a towel to cover your legs. Don't trust sunscreen! (OUCH!)

Yesterday I turned right and saw wilderness and Mangroves. It was like being in no-man's land. It was mysterious, beautiful, and very much untouched by human influence.

Today I turned left, and it was a WHOLE DIFFERENT adventure.

First off, I paddled past Snapper's while the live entertainment was playing for brunch. It was wonderful music! The entertainer puts all his equipment on this large covered barge-type boat and he sits right on the boat and plays!

While the music was fading, the drills of some workmen fixing a dock were an unwelcome transition. I paddles faster to get away from them!

I got to see canals that were actually people's backyards. It seemed that every half mile or so, the music would change. I left smooth jazz to find Reggae, then paddled into Steely Dan. Then some classic rock. The some Sinatra.

I saw jet-skiers and speedboaters. Some seemed like they were creating a wake on purpose, whooping and yelling as they sped by, but it just added to the fun for me.

I saw people on patios and sitting on chairs. There were trailers, bungaloes, and mansions. Some people waved and some looked at me like they were wondering if they should grab their shotgun.

There were interesting coral reefs full of beautiful sea plants and critters. When I splashed water on the towel I had to protect my sunburnt legs, the water seemed as warm as body temperature.

At one point, I yelled up to ask what mile marker this was. (Similar to asking what exit in NJ.)

Well, it turns out that I'd paddles almost eight miles. OOPS!

I turned around and made my way back without a hitch, other than getting caught on a big ledge of coral. A lobster looked up at me from under a rock.

Outside Snappers, the entertainer was taking a break while some great tunes were playing from his music-barge. I pulled up next to the barge like a little hitch hiker and watched as people threw food from a little vending machine to the tarpin. They splashed and gobbled up the food just a few feet from where I sat.

I think it is so interesting how so many things change if you choose to go left or right. I guess I'm just happy that I had the time to see both!
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    Wow, I can't believe you had paddled that far! Sounds like a great trip, though. I like your description of the musical transitions and what people must have been thinking of you!
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    Wow Sandy, I'm gonna have to rent kayak, sounds fabulous!! I can't wait. Guess this is the last day for you Have a safe trip home. Are you flying out of Miami?
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    Yup! I'm headed there soon. If you pass by Key Largo and spend a night, Dove Creek Lodge is a GREAT choice!
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