The idea behind this trip was to check out the
Joe Bay area in northeastern Florida Bay.
Due to time constraints, it took place over the Labor Day weekend just ahead of approaching tropical storm Gordon. The plan me and Kayak Ted (aka Spiritwalker) made was to camp at North Nest Key and use it as a base camp for two nights. Joe Bay is intriguing because it has been re-opened to the public after being closed off for almost 40 years. It is also prime habitat for the American Crocodile, of which we had hoped to see many.
However as the saying goes
“The best laid plans of photographers and paddlers often go awry”
especially when a big storm rolls through early!
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North Nest Key is not the place to go if you seek solitude,
however it’s worth a visit and makes a great base camp location
for exploring eastern Florida Bay.
The evening and most of the night were pleasant camping, but by dawn it was clear that things had changed. Getting up with the sunrise, there was a lot of cloud cover and a heavy damp feeling in the air. Listening to the weather radio and checking radar on the phone we could see that tropical storm Gordon had arrived into our area earlier than anticipated. By 8:30, we were already seeing lightning strikes to the NE in the distance which was definitely not a good sign! We had to make a decision, and both agreed that in light of our situation we’d bag it and head back a day early. We packed up camp just in time before all the heavy rain hit. At times it rained so hard, that we couldn’t even see each other on the water.
It was tough to make the decision to abort,
but it proved to be the right course of action!
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