Paddling in the Rain, Just Paddlin’ and Campin’ in the Rain .. sing along!

Paddlin’ in the Rain!

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South Florida rain is not like regular rain people may be used to in other, more northern climes. There are very intense and violent thunderstorms which typically form daily in the early afternoons over the Everglades. These squalls develop quickly and move from west to east. One should do everything possible to seek shelter and avoid being caught out in the open!! Aside from the deadly risk of lighting, the storms can also momentarily kick up localized 20 – 30 knot winds and choppy seas! If caught out in the backcountry, your immediate options can be very limited. However if you paddle known locales around town, it’s key to take note of buildings, shelters and bridges – places where you can shelter from a storm!

Then there are so called “widely scattered showers”. These milder, gentler rain showers can be refreshing and revitalizing, especially in the summer heat and humidity. Throughout the wet season, a 90-90-90 scenario persists where the air temperature is 90 F, the humidity is 90% and the water temperature is also about 90 degrees! This makes Florida different from other paddling locales. Here instead of avoiding rain, you actually seek it out to cool off. With current technology it’s easy to check real time radar to be sure of no nearby lightning activity. Regardless, it’s good to be prepared for a downpour which can suddenly drop temperatures 15 – 20 F. A good hat will make a big difference, along with layer or two of quick dry clothing. Some people actually prefer to wear loose fitting cotton clothing, as once wet it will keep on cooling through evaporation. This is contrary to advice one would get up north, but South Florida is basically in the tropics. It’s important to acclimate to the heat and humidity and stay cool when working or exercising outdoors.

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The sweet rain is a delicious contrast to the salty Atlantic

and it’s fun to be “paddling in the rain”!

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A widely scattered shower over Florida Bay.
Chickees and Keys in Florida Bay – Kayaking, Camping and Nice Dreams!

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(** Cue music **)

Sing along to the music, ya’ll can paddle if you want to ..

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The RAIN – can actually be very refreshing as the temps can easily drop 20 degrees from 95 to about 75 Fahrenheit! 🙂
Heaven or Hell: Summer paddling and camping in the Ten Thousand Islands

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I’m paddlin’ in the rain
Just paddlin’ in the rain

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Rain is always in the picture in the Everglades summer.
Camping Hell in the Ten Thousand Islands.

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A squall line over the Everglades interior.
Camping Hell in the Ten Thousand Islands.

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What a glorious feeling
I’m happy again

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Paddling down the Joe River in a downpour, Everglades National Park.

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Downpour over Port Everglades, Ft Lauderdale.
Paddling on Whiskey Creek at Mizell-Johnson (John U Lloyd) State Park in Dania Beach.

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I’m laughing at clouds
So dark up above

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Squall over the Gulf of Mexico as seen from Cape Romano.
Aerial VR Panoramas

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This is one way to deal with a sudden squall downpour.
Places and Kayaks i have Known and Loved: A 25 Year Paddling Love Story!

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The sun’s in my heart
And I’m ready for love
For love

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A sweet rain shower over the shallow Everglades prairies.
Post Hurricane Irma high water paddling in the Everglades!

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

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Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place

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Waiting it out at Hillsboro Inlet, Lighthouse Point.
Places and Kayaks i have Known and Loved: A 25 Year Paddling Love Story!

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Paddling through lingering rain on Florida Bay.
Chickees and Keys in Florida Bay – Kayaking, Camping and Nice Dreams!

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Come on with the rain
I’ve a smile on my face

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Kayaking in north Biscayne Bay to an abandoned grand piano with storms west of Miami.
The best little Piano Bar in Miami (mystery that was) !

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Giant storm system at sunset over Miami. As dramatic as it looks, this one was moving west and posed little risk for paddling.
Kayak Miami: Stiltsville Village in Biscayne Bay.

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I glide down the ‘Bay
With a happy refrain ..

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Rain coming, better hide – but where? Nope, we keep on paddling!
Heaven or Hell: Summer paddling and camping in the Ten Thousand Islands.

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“End Time and the Global Deluge”.
ART of Cape Romano – The curious inhabitants of Australopithecine Island.

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Just paddlin’
Paddlin’ in the rain

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Kayakfari ART photography – “The Wall – Whiteout on Florida Bay”

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And paddling
Paddling in the rain

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Sometimes the best laid photography plans don’t work out and everything gets damp.
Chickees and Keys in Florida Bay – Kayaking, Camping and Nice Dreams!

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In the rain

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Just singin’ and swingin’ in the rain! 😉
Animated GIFs!

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Note that the chickee roof doesn’t really help much with the wind-driven rain!
Heaven or Hell: Summer paddling and camping in the Ten Thousand Islands.

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I’m campin’ in the rain
Just campin’

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Very, very wet downtown Miami super wide view from the surface of Biscayne Bay.
Red Bull Flugtag Miami – Paddling to a downtown kayak, boat & plane party!

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Downtown Miami has all grown up, but the weather remains the same.
All that trash – the ugly side of kayaking in Miami!

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Paddlin’ in the rain…

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Paddling into Goodland with clouds rolling in and winds picking up!
Post-Hurricane Irma kayaking, camping and photography at Cape Romano in the Ten Thousand Islands!

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I’m happy again…

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Finally – A Break in the Clouds!
Paddling on Whiskey Creek at Mizell-Johnson (John U Lloyd) State Park in Dania Beach.

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I’m paddlin’ and campin’ in the rain …

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Singing In The Rain  © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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With that said..
Blessings friends!

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