Search Results

Search Results for: camping with the stars

NIGHT LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY and DIGITAL ART from the EVERGLADES, FLORIDA BAY, TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS, BIG CYPRESS & BEYOND! . . The photographic journey continues on from two previous episodes: ART of Darkness – Camping with the Stars! Part I ART of Darkness – Camping with the Stars! Part II . This time we shall see […]

. NIGHT LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY and DIGITAL ART from the EVERGLADES, FLORIDA BAY, TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS, BIG CYPRESS & BEYOND! . Available as high quality archival prints for sale directly to you in various sizes for your collecting, decorating and viewing pleasure! Images are also available to license for your print or  digital editorial needs! E-mail me […]

. NIGHT LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY and DIGITAL ART from the EVERGLADES, FLORIDA BAY, TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS, BIG CYPRESS & BEYOND! . Available as high quality archival prints for sale directly to you in various sizes for your collecting, decorating and viewing pleasure! Images are also available to license for your print or  digital editorial needs! E-mail me […]

Full moon photography fever! Taking a mental step back from the world of people allows one to see the bigger picture of our little planet Earth, the Sun and the Moon all spinning in space – sometimes creating interesting alignments and closer encounters! On November 13 and 14th we had an exceptional full moon, popularly […]

. Heaven and Hell? Heaven or Hell? Somewhere between heaven and hell lies real paddling freedom! . . Summer paddling and camping in the Ten Thousand Islands of the Everglades! Off-season, aka summer camping in the Everglades is notorious for hellish hot nights filled with bugs and drenched by sweat. Most people do not camp much in […]

Old time camping on the Crooked Creek chickee in the Ten Thousand Islands of the Everglades! . . A Crooked Creek sometimes used to be called ‘Cripple Creek’. It could be a meandering creek with many twists. It could have hidden places to go and get away for a little while. It could be a place […]

A tropical marine wilderness just outside the world of people. . On a clear and sunny mid February day I was cruising towards a distant wooden camping platform shimmering on the horizon. It’s where I would spend the night, comfortably perched about ten feet above a vast, shallow body of water. I might have well been […]

Fifty miles, three nights and ten thousand skeeters in the Everglades. . . . Starting with a late departure, this trip, very late in the Everglades camping season seemed all about pushing our luck.  Ted of the Palm Beach Water Yaks meetup group came up with this trip at the last minute. The idea was […]

. UPDATE NOTE: Although half the chickee was burned down, as of fall 2013 it has been rebuilt already. However the Park was unable to build another toilet platform, so they placed in on one of the wings. This means the chickee is open for use, but it functions as a single (4 person capacity) […]

It’s ‘Island Time’ .. at Little Rabbit Key! . . Little Rabbit Key, located in central Florida Bay is one the current four official ‘Bay backcountry campsites in Everglades National Park. If you launch from Flamingo, it is about 12 – 15 miles depending on the route you are able to take. It is also roughly half […]

. Let’s start with a serene Florida Bay scene:  This whole place is like being in a living Dali painting! . . In the winter/spring of 2010, Everglades National Park opened up new backcountry primitive campsites on Florida Bay in the form of two elevated camping platforms called ‘chickees’. One is the Shark Point Chickee and the other […]

. It’s no secret that there are many bugs in the Everglades. It’s not a matter of IF, but one of HOW MANY there will be. Among the most prevalent are Noseeums, also spelled No-see-ums and sometimes called Sand Fleas or Sand Flies. They are actually called biting midges to be specific, and look similar […]

Sometimes the four walls are way too much! . . A few years ago I spent a summer guiding in the Upper Penninsula (UP) of northern Michigan. My rustic accommodations centered around an old bunk style camping cabin that had been converted to a stand alone mini apartment. Perfect for the single paddler and I […]

When Gordon blows into town, Plan B happens! . . But what about take #2 ? . Originally this trip was conceived to check out the recently re-opened Joe Bay in northeastern Florida Bay. Due to time constraints, it took place over the Labor Day weekend 2018, just ahead of approaching tropical storm Gordon. Kayak […]

Winter skies in the Everglades are the best way to enjoy the biggest show of all. Our universe up in the night sky above! . . . . . . To fully appreciate the Everglades winter sky experience, it is worthwhile to paddle out to one of the remote backcountry campsites inside the Park, the […]

Everglades Exploration Network 2017 Invitational paddle. . . Continuing on a theme of “Invitational” Everglades paddling events, this year’s event  was held in a seemingly endless maze-like area southwest of the Mahogany Hammock Trail in Everglades National Park. The trip was organized by contemporary Everglades explorer Terry Helmers of the Everglades Exploration Network. Terry likes to go well […]

The biggest show of all is in the skies above and the Universe all around us. . . The Cosmos is always moving, sometimes creating interesting alignments! . . Why do the Sun and the Moon appear to be the same size in the sky? . . CAUTION: NEVER look at the Sun without approved […]

. Fisheye tales from the Everglades, Ten Thousand Islands, Florida Bay and the Keys! (Each Bubble opens up a new story!) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Check back often as I add new […]

The Lost Portage – you can get there from here! . “Please tell me you’re not going to Canepatch!” said the Park Rangerette when I stepped up to get my backcountry camping permit at Flamingo. “How’d you know? What’s wrong with Canepatch?”, I asked. “Bugs, it’s really bad with the bugs”, she replied. As it […]

. Florida Bay is where the big birds are! . White Pelicans have arrived to winter in the Everglades. These majestic cousins of the more commonly seen Brown Pelicans are a sight to behold as they arrive in flocks of thousands to winter in Florida and many other parts of the southern US. Down in […]

Part I – Paddling the engineered freshwater flow: . To start, we are going to back up all the way to Lake Okeechobee and flow downstream with the water! . . Paddling and exploring the Miami River Canal! In this three part series on paddling the Miami River Canal, we are going to explore a […]

My sister went to Havana and all I got was a Cuban cigar so I smoked it in the Everglades! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . © 2016 Flex Maslan / kayakfari.com / awakenthegrass.com / decoratedreality.com. All original photographs, artworks and music in this […]

This one is all about threes. That’s the theme! . .  A three day triangular route across about half of Florida Bay was the basis for this theme. First and foremost however was a birthday celebration – for my kayak. You see on February 3rd, 2016, my kayak the ‘Banana Boat‘ turned 24 years old! […]

. Everglades Exploration Network Invitational: “Halloween on the Taylor Slough“ special edition. . Continuing on a theme of annual “Invitational” paddling events, the 2015 event revisited the Taylor Slough in the eastern Everglades. The trip was organized and led by contemporary Everglades explorer Terry Helmers of the Everglades Exploration Network. Terry likes to go well off the […]

. On September 27, 2015, a celestial alignment of the Sun, the Earth and the Moon created an event that hasn’t happened since 1982! On this night, we’d have our autumnal equinox “harvest moon”. We’d also have an extra-large and extra-bright “super” moon. In addition to rising early and appearing about 14% larger and 30% brighter, we […]

. Part Three: Temporary space and Faith in Numbers! .  (Continued from Part Two:  A Lower Keys Roundabout!) . . Returning back to the little sandbar “base” described in Part One: Exploring a Higher Ground!, it was nice to kick back and enjoy the late afternoon. After hours of paddling and snorkeling, we came back as a matter […]

. DIGITAL FANTASY ART kayaking the EVERGLADES, FLORIDA BAY, TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS, BIG CYPRESS and further reaches of outer SPACE! . Available as high quality archival prints for sale directly to you in various sizes for your collecting, decorating and viewing pleasure! Images are also available to license for your print or editorial needs! E-mail […]

Maneuvers in the dark on the Miami River! . . . This interesting evening cruise presented local adventurers with a tasty plate of local history and tranquil paddling along with a side dish of full moon fever! Earlier in the day I got up at 6:25 AM to see the total lunar eclipse, but it was […]

. “Stiltsville upon Biscayne Bay” “Stiltsville” is a village of sorts situated about a mile south of Cape Florida in Biscayne Bay, Florida. It’s an iconic Miami landmark,  but somewhat hard to get to since it’s surrounded by water. These homes were built in the shallows on stilts starting in the 1930’s and the number […]

. . When I experienced a hold up at First National Bank, it was a real stick-up job! . . The hold up was the tide, or lack there of. The stick up job was with my pole aerial photography rig! . . First National Bank appears to have been named in jest by Flamingo […]

. The Canepatch (Cane Patch) backcountry campsite is one of the more remote camp areas in the Everglades. Formerly called Avocado Mound, it was likely cultivated and occupied by native peoples for hundreds of years at least, and certainly right up to the establishment of Everglades National Park. Along with Willy Willy and Camp Lonesome […]

Sea kayaks, Grass and some Water in the mix! . . . For paddlers, fall in South Florida means that water levels in the Everglades are still high,  while temperatures drop from the 90’s to “only” the 80’s or 70’s and thus both bug levels and humidity significantly decline! The fall season of 2012 (both […]

It’s what’s for dinner that counts! . . When you think about it, the most important thing after water and shelter is the food you eat. The quality and quantity of which can make or break a trip, and definitely sets the tone for your well being! Gastronomy is highly subjective, but needless to say, […]

‘Slow it down’ brothers and sisters – know where? Nowhere and now here! . . Whenever you show up at the Flamingo Ranger Station in the afternoon asking for a backcountry camping permit, you will get a funny look from the ranger. This is because they know you probably won’t get there before sunset! Such […]

Paddling to an outback high rise camping condo! . . The Shark Point Chickee opened to the public in the winter/spring of 2010 on Florida Bay, inside Everglades National Park. It, along with the similar Johnson Key Chickee backcountry primitive campsite  are still the only two camping platforms on Florida Bay as of 2019. These […]

Sweet little spot in the Ten Thousands Islands area. It also happened to be our New Years Eve campout with a side trip across Gullivan Bay to Cape Romano (but that’s another story). These photographs are from the north tip of the island. No permit required for camping here, and makes an excellent base camp […]

. . Miami (Black Point) to Flamingo is approximately a 70 mile one way trip via the chosen route. An awesome multi-day paddle so that we could really enjoy ourselves out there! After a late start from Black Point marina, we paddle past the sun setting over Turkey Point nuclear power plant, and on into […]

. . . . . Camp LuLu is a great place to camp and is popular with paddlers and powerboaters alike. Since it is outside Everglades National Park, no permit is needed, but you still need to respect the private property on the island, such as the green cabin! Excellent place to relax, has weathered […]

Paddling and sailing on a sea of grass in the Everglades! . . Every fall in South Florida there comes a point when water levels remain high in the Everglades, while temperatures, humidity and bugs markedly drop. This usually happens sometime in October and the winds also pick up as a result of frequent cold fronts […]

Exploring a hidden bit of the colorful old time Everglades history! . . Take a look at the panoramic above and imagine hacking out a small clearing just above the tide line in the mangrove forest to live in and operate a clandestine moonshine still. This is what Totch Brown’s father John Brown did during […]

Kayakfari ART = unique kayak adventure photography and digital artwork of Flex Maslan. . Available as high quality archival prints for sale directly to you in various sizes for your collecting, decorating and viewing pleasure! Images are also available to license for your print and editorial needs! . Aerial & VR Panoramas  – see unique […]

“The Nightmare after Festivus” Starring Kaya K. Skellitonova as herself in a Kayakfari.com original production of her festive adventures shot on location in Florida Bay, the Everglades. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . […]

. Places and Kayaks i have Known and Loved: A 25 Year Paddling – Photo Love Story (1992-2017)! . In the year 2017, I am Thankful for 25 years of actively paddling kayaks and canoes in special places I have come to know and love. Paddling has been good to me and has kept me […]

Everglades Easter Egg hunt! The long cold winter* is over and spring is in the air. . (* – not available in Florida) . The eggs have all been laid, but where are they? . . . . . . . . . . . The truth is that it’s nesting season, and the eggs are […]

NIGHT FUNSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY and DIGITAL ART from Cape Romano in the Ten Thousand Islands of the Everglades! . “Australopithecine Island” . . On a remote island in the Ten Thousand Islands area of the Everglades an isolated tribe of curious Australopithecines took up residence in the Cape Romano dome ruins. For years the clan lived in harmony […]

. Everglades Exploration Network 2014 Invitational . Continuing on a theme of “Invitational” Everglades paddling events, this year’s event  was held within an area loosely termed the Bill Ashley Jungles. The trip was organized by contemporary Everglades explorer Terry Helmers of the Everglades Exploration Network. Terry likes to go well off the beaten path and plans these trips […]

. ||||||||||| Large panoramic prints also available – CLICK for more info! ||||||||||| . I’m having nice dreams of a great Florida gulf sunset – a crazy clam shell 360 figure eight panorama! . “All things great and small on the Turner River” . Aerial birds-eye view of kayak launch into Chokoloskee Bay at Everglades City .. note […]

. ||||||||||| Large panoramic prints also available – CLICK for more info! ||||||||||| . Incredible star gazing in the Everglades on a sacred Native American Miccosukee tree island hammock in Water Conservation Area 3A. . On the way to Lard Can in the Bill Ashley Jungles, Everglades. . Craighead Pond in Everglades National Park. . Canoe / […]

  . ||||||||||| Large panoramic prints also available – CLICK for more info! ||||||||||| . “A Day and Night in the Everglades”. . Like islands in the sky, kayaking in central Florida Bay on Dildo Key Bank panoramic. . Full 360 spin-around view camping on the Johnson Key chickee platform in Florida Bay, Everglades National Park . […]

. Alternate site navigation for: Trips, Stories & Adventures . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/random-gallery-2/florida-south-florida/everglades-national-park/sloughs/kayaking-at-shark-valley-a-visit-to-seagrape-hammock-aka-willoughby-key/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/crossing-paths-of-gladesmen-gator-hunters-outlaws-moonshiners-an-invitation-to-paddling-forgotten-trails-of-the-everglades/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/grass-paddling-in-the-east-everglades-expansion-area/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/random-gallery-2/florida-south-florida/florida-bay-keys/little-rabbit-key-in-central-florida-bay/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/random-gallery-2/florida-south-florida/everglades-national-park/coastal/go-west-to-east-cape-an-interior-route-via-spoonbill-pass-and-raulerson-prairie/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/camping-hell-in-the-ten-thousand-islands/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/random-gallery-2/florida-south-florida/everglades-national-park/sloughs/halloween-on-the-taylor-slough/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/across-florida-bay-flamingo-to-long-key-roundtrip-adventure/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/chickees-and-keys-in-florida-bay-kayaking-camping-and-nice-dreams/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/camping-on-the-johnson-key-platform-in-florida-bay/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/higher-ground-in-the-lower-keys-and-faith-in-numbers/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/random-gallery-2/florida-south-florida/florida-bay-keys/alligator-light-reef-lighthouse/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/random-gallery-2/florida-south-florida/florida-bay-keys/bahia-honda-state-park/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/random-gallery-2/florida-south-florida/urban-paddling-in-south-flaariduh-florida/kayak-miami-stiltsville-village-in-biscayne-bay/ .  https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/kayafari-in-prague-on-the-vltava-river/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/random-gallery-2/florida-south-florida/urban-paddling-in-south-flaariduh-florida/kayak-miami-full-moon-paddling-on-the-historic-miami-river/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/kayaking-a-parade-of-lights-seminole-winterfest-boat-parade/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/moonshine-in-the-10-000-islands/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/running-down-the-taylor-slough/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/the-best-little-piano-bar-in-miami-mystery-that-was/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/random-gallery-2/florida-south-florida/urban-paddling-in-south-flaariduh-florida/whiskey-creek-john-u-lloyd-state-park/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/river-of-grass-canoe-expedition-2014-miami-river-canal/ . https://kayakfari.wordpress.com/trips-sea-stories-pics/kayaking-the-river-of-grass-a-shark-river-slough-expedition/ . […]

“Kayakfari” ( Kayak–far–i ) : Fitness, Adventure and Art on the High Seas! . . This is a site about about kayaking. It’s about photography and digital art. It’s about trips to remote places and entertaining stories. It’s about staying physically and mentally fit. Most importantly it’s about having fun and adventure out on the water! Based […]