Giving Thanks for 25 years of active paddling and photography!

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Places and Kayaks i have Known and Loved:

A 25 Year Paddling Love Story!

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This year 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 in shape – physically and mentally and spiritually! 🙂

My Photography has been there all along with me – serving to document, interpret and to entertain.

I trust it may also educate and inspire others to break out of the concrete jungle of urban South Florida!

“What a long, strange Trip it’s been!”

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(Each image clicks open to a relevant story)

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Paddling my first real kayak – the Seda Glider in West Lake Park, Hollywood, Florida – November 1992.
Winter birthday triad on Florida Bay with the ‘Banana Boat’!

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Pompano Beach, Florida, circa 1993.
A kayaker’s tribute to the humble and versatile Sombrero!

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Viva las Fiestas! 🙂

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Four wheeling in Utah with boats and boards, circa 1995.

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Paddling on Spirit Lake, Oregon, with Greenland stick and Mt. Hood in 1995.

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Paddling on the Alpine lakes in Switzerland  at Interlaken on an early RTM Disco kayak?!

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Ice breaking at Cochiti Lake, New Mexico, circa 2004 in my Necky Dolphin.
Paddling in a Winter Wonderland – kayak ice breaking on the Rio Grande!

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“The roots on my head” – Kayaking on the Rio Grande in New Mexico with the Necky Dolphin.
South Florida’s walking coastal Mangroves – Roots Paddling, Photography and Dreadlocks!

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Paddling is affordable health care for mind, body & soul!

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Taking a break at Norris Cut, Miami, circa 2009.
Kayak Miami: Stiltsville Village upon Biscayne Bay!

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“How is my driving?”, snorkeling off Key Biscayne, Florida with “Rosie” in 2010.
A tribute to Rosie and all the plus sized kayaks out there – she’s a whole lotta Kayak!

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“I like people who know how to wear their boats!”
Paddling is a life long sport and really helps to stay in shape – physically and mentally! 🙂

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Kayaking in north Biscayne Bay, Florida to an abandoned grand piano.
The best little Piano Bar in Miami (mystery that was) !

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Kayaking under the Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic in 2011.
Kayakfari in Prague on the Vltava River – Gothic paddling but my kayak is Baroque!

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On Lake Superior at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in 2013.

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Paddling the Ft Lauderdale Winterfest Holiday Boat Parade, circa 1997.

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Decorations may change, but the Sombrero, boat and Greenland stick remain the same. 😉
Kayaking the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Holiday Boat Parade!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2011 from the South Florida Kayak Meetup crew!
Kayaking a Parade of Lights (Seminole Winterfest Boat Parade).

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Camp Kayakfari on the Shark River Slough in 2012.
Kayaking the River of Grass – a Shark River Slough Expedition!

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Camping in Hell at Pavilion Key, Ten Thousand Islands, 2013.
Camping Hell in the Ten Thousand Islands!

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Kayaking at Shark Valley with the “Pea Pod” in 2014.
Kayaking at Shark Valley – A visit to Seagrape Hammock, aka Willoughby Key!

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Slough slogging in the Everglades through a thick pea soup, circa mid-1990’s!

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Getting above it all with “Rosie” and pole.
A Kayak Aerial Photography Method – a behind (and above) the scenes look!

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Contemporary Everglades exploration series: “Chekika Island”.
Chief Chekika’s not so secret island hideaway in the Everglades!

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Rain showers on the prairies of the Shark River slough.
Pahayokee to Main Street – probing into the Shark River Slough!

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On CLOUD9 in the Everglades.
Crossing paths of Gladesmen, Gator hunters, Outlaws & Moonshiners: An invitation to paddling forgotten trails of the Everglades!

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Giving Praise after crossing tough stretch on the Lost Portage deep in the Everglades, 2016!
The Lost Portage – connecting streams of the Everglades!

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Testifying in the lower Keys, summer of 2015.
Higher ground in the Lower Keys and Faith in Numbers!

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The Florida Bay “Mental Health Plan” is affordable health care for mind, body & soul. 🙂
Chickees and Keys in Florida Bay – Kayaking, Camping and Nice Dreams!

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“Don’t Panic – it’s Organic!” with the “Mojito”.
Kayaking to Alligator Light Reef (lighthouse) .. of Fishes, Wreckers, Pirates and Keys History!

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Beach camping on the Cape in Everglades National Park, circa 2011.
Chickees and Keys in Florida Bay – Kayaking, Camping and Nice Dreams!

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Paddling for Jesus in the Florida Keys dive country.
Kayaking to Dry Rocks Reef – a Pilgrimage to find the “Christ of the Abyss” off Key Largo!

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Kayaking the Biscayne Bay triangle: Cape Florida – Fowey Rocks – Soldier Key!

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All aboard! 🙂
Paddling on Whiskey Creek at Mizell-Johnson (John U Lloyd) State Park in Dania Beach.

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Welcoming the Fall in South Florida with “ONE WAY”!

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“Conch Lives Matter!” with the “GREY GHOST”.
Hurricane Irma aftermath at Dania Beach and Mizell Johnson (John U Lloyd) State Park!

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Post Hurricane Irma high water paddling in the Everglades with the “Pa-Hay-Okee”!

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It’s been quite the ride!

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! BLESS UP – feeling Thankful! Sea trials of the “Pa-Hay-Okee”.
Hurricane Irma impacts on the Johnson Key Chickee in Florida Bay.

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25 year Kayakversary!

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Every paddle is like a new beginning and always different. Paddling never gets old! 🙂
“Champagne Dawn” – ART of the Bay – Florida Bay Landscapes!

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Paddling is a lifetime sport,

so here’s to another 25 years of paddling and photography!

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Cheers! Prost!

Salud! Na zdraví!

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! BLESS UP & TESTIFY

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