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Hey Everyone,
Just wanted to give a quick blog about an event that happened to me this past weekend. I decided Saturday that I needed to go Get Wet!! So I went for a paddle out at my favorite close to home spot- Veterans Park and Bay Pines Area!! I had absolutely wonderful weather on Sat. with what I like to call San Diego Day- for those of you who have been there you know what I’m talkin ’bout! For those that haven’t- Sunny/light breeze and 76 to 80 degree temps. Just about all year ’round!

Anyway, while I was on my way back in I noticed a SeaDoo, Yes a JET SKIER! Apparently having lost power being pushed across the sandbars by a couple. I turned around to see if I could offer them some help. When I paddled up the couple was very nice and said they had just purchased the water vehicle in question and could not get it to re-start after shutting down!

I asked them if they needed a tow to their boat, they said that was great. But was I sure I could pull a full size SeaDoo- & 2 ADULTS! NO PROBLEM. I said. I then pulled out my trusty Lotus Designs Tow Rope and clipped it to the Jet Ski; then tightened the belt around my waist. WE WERE OFF AND TOWING!!!! We were not going to win any races, (actually we were limping in.) but I was reminded of the story of The Tortoise and the Hare. For the sake of this story we will call it a Sea Turtle!! SLOW & STEADY wins the RACE.

I ended up pulling them 3/4 of the way until a nice young couple came by on another SeaDoo- and finished out the last 200 yards to their boat!! THANK YOU KIND PEOPLE!!!!

When I paddled up to get my tow line, the couple I had just helped wanted to pay me something for helping them out. Even though I really could use some money right now, COULDN’T WE ALL. I explained to them that this was just something I had to DO, There are times in life when JUST BEING NICE NEEDS TO BE DONE! So remember when your out on the water and you see someone who needs help-DO IT!! It just might be YOU the next time who NEEDS THE HELP!!

Glad I could be of SERVICE!!
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UPDATE: We have changed the location of the Saturday April 25th, 2009 trip to the Alafia River. Little Manatee did not have adequate wheelchair access to maximize the opportunity for our participants.  We will be meeting at 10am at the Alafia River State Park.

Team River Runner is paddling the Little Manatee River Saturday April 25, at 10am.  There is a $4 admission fee up to eight people per vehicle to enter the park.

Directions from James A. Haley Veterans Hospital to Little Manatee River State Park

Hey there Paddlers,

Just wanted to drop a short Blog in about the fun I had over the weekend paddling solo on Sunday afternoon.¬† Went for a paddle, leaving from War Veterans’ Memorial Park Kayak Launch in Pinellas County, Fl.¬† Went out to look at the bird nesting Islands, then over to what we call Rat Island, recently renamed Archies Island by Parks Dept.¬† There I met a really nice guy anchored in his powerboat, we got to talking as I was eating a GOURMET LUNCH- an MRE-meal ready to eat.¬† His name just happened to be Sean!!!!¬† He has restored my faith in Powerboaters being Good People. Great Guy!!¬† Said he would have a beer for me next time we meet out there which could be soon, as I paddle this area often.¬† I declined on one that day due to recent sickness and a course of antibiotics¬†I was on.

Also ran into some other paddlers and we also got to talking, just paddle stuff but it was nice.  In fact also ran into Stephen Emrick with the Green Armada, who was out paddling with a group of people for the day in the same location.  Stephen is a very nice local guide, and said if I or Jeff ever wanted to come join him , give him a call!!!  WAY COOL.

Well I have to get going but it was really cool to get out for a few hours this weekend to paddle, and the people made it all the more FUN!!  AMAZING how I went solo and found all sorts of friends to hang out with- did I say I went SOLO????

See Ya On The Wata!!  Sean

Hey Everyone ,

Its been a while since I have done a Blog, been really busy since coming back from THE KEYS PADDLE #2!!!! Not to mention working ,working, working!!!!  Well have finally left job # 2 and am down to 1 Job only!!! YEAH!!!

Which is why I was able to do an advanced paddle this past weekend(02/28/09) to Cayo Costa which is located 3/4 of a mile South of the southernmost tip of Gasparilla Island( BOCA GRANDE)!¬† I paddled with KayakKev and the lovely Peggy-Kev’s BETTER HALF!!¬† Now to most people including myself – 3/4 of a mile is nothing when your use to 20-25 miles a day.¬† But, let me tell you when you are up against a strong current, it seems like THE LONGEST RACE!! HAHA.¬† Not to mention facing the fact that you could be blown into the Gulf of Mexico.¬† Which is a daunting scenario especially since we just lost 3 Boaters here in the Gulf that very same day!!

It took us 2 1/2- 3 hrs to paddle only 3 miles. The water was GREAT on Saturday, with the exception of the CURRENT- estimated at 7-8 knots; maybe stronger-don’t know really.¬† Amazing how¬†GOOD weather ,BAD current can equal REALLY challenging paddle!¬† Anyway made it to camp for Saturday night. Wonderful camping, Florida at its BEST!!¬† Plus I was with 2 great people, and we had PICA DILLO for dinner,¬†courtesy of Shelly,my wife.

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As Kevin mentioned in an earlier BLOG on his site( Kayakkev.wordpress.com ) we even ran into a Fellow Paddler-Tracy and her son Bay. Good times, until I woke up and worried myself about the coldfront & storm headed our way with 40 knot winds and possible 10 to 14 foot seas & the paddle back to Boca Grande in the morning.

Got Peggy & Kevin up around 6 a.m. and we folded up camp as quickly as possible.¬† Although, we still managed to fire up the MSR & Coleman Stoves to¬†get a bowl of oatmeal and a cup of coffee in us before we bolted for the pass and back to Boca Grande.¬† The crossing was fairly quick unlike the paddle the day before against the CURRENTS!!¬† We had wind at our backs which was good, unfortunately it also caused Moderately BIG Following Seas.¬† Which made for more challenging paddling as you had to use Low/High braces about every 4-6 strokes to keep yourself from breaching and rolling over in your kayak.¬† We finally made it to Boca Grande Dry Land with 3 fairly successful surf landings!¬† All in All what a GREAT trip and total skills builder!!¬†¬†As we¬†were loading the¬†kayaks on the truck¬†THE FRONT arrived!!!!¬†¬†CAN’T WAIT TO GO BACK!!¬† DEFINITELY AN ADVANCED TRIP!!!

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MAHALO TO PEGGY & KEVIN FOR INVITING ME!! See Ya on THE WATER!!!!!!¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† GOD BLESS THE OTHER 3 BOATERS WHO ARE MISSING & THEIR FAMILIES!!!!!¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Sean¬† “Topa Honu” Fitzgibbon