Sunday we paddled around Mullet Key, Fort Desoto, Florida. The day was fresh and we had a great time reconnecting with our guests and our inner child. This part of Tampa Bay is a great playground for kayaking. It has strong tides, deceiving current, and abundant wildlife.
This was the first time I got my camera out and captured a dolphin playing tag between our kayaks. For almost thirty minutes, it visited us. Its visit set our mood to play instead of paddle. As we paddled for the nine miles around the island we played with the eddying current and surfed the swells.
We stopped to have lunch under a giant oak. Sean out did himself this time. We feasted on hot pressed Cubin sandwiches, black beans with onions, fruit salad, and washed it all down with ice tea. Yum. Then we hopped over the surf and got to paddling again.
As we rounded the south-east corner we meandered through the grass flats. Spooking fish, and practicing bow rudders and side slipping. We eventually came up on to a small sandy beach. It was at the north end of the grass flats and next to a deep channel.
Resting in the pool we channeled out inner three year-olds. It had been a long time that any of us just sat in the water and caught hermit crabs. There were ones a centimeter long to 5 cm. It was great fun.
We had two more miles. And pumped it out quick. Once we got back to the put in a two of our paddlers practiced their rolling. “We roll to breath,” I told one paddler, and they laughed. But seriously it is an exercise in balance and calmness. I will elaborate about my thoughts on rolling later.
At the end of the day we were refreshed, reborn, and renewed with the knowledge of why we paddle. It is all about fun.