Saturday, May 16, 2009

The End of the Caloosahatchee

Nathan and I boarded our kayaks again on Friday morning in downtown Fort Myers, and we were off before 9AM. The river was looking a little choppier than the previous day, and the wind was blowing harder too. But we had a destination to get to so we picked up our paddles and started working our way down the Caloosahatchee River.


The paddling was definitely harder than the day before, and we definitely weren't moving as fast. That's when "Plan B" started forming. We looked at the map and the fifteen miles ahead and decided that we may want to paddle to the beach at Cape Coral and get a ride on a motorboat from there.


We picked up our paddles once again and got to work, paddling the ten miles to Cape Coral. On our way we spotted more jumping fish and rays as well as a young bald eagle resting on a piling.


We rounded a corner and suddenly the beach was in sight. We pulled up to shore and dragged our kayaks onto shore.


Next we met up with Nancy who works for Lee County Parks and Recreation and who generously offered to give us a ride to the Pink Shell Resort where we'd be spending the night. The sky was looking a little menacing with dark clouds quickly approaching, so we headed out as quickly as we could. Nancy let me take the helm as we headed out of the Caloosahatchee River and into the bay.


The dark clouds seemed to be following us as we headed towards Fort Myers Beach, but aside from some choppy water we pulled up to the dock without a hitch. We were all pretty amazed with our luck avoiding the storm, especially as we looked back and saw the rainstorms so close behind. We checked in at the Pink Shell and went up to our very comfortable room complete with large balcony and an ocean view.


Tomorrow, Nathan and I are hitting the open seas for three days as we sail up the coast to St. Petersburg, so we spent today relaxing at Fort Myers Beach. We walked along the beach and checked out some of the nearby nature preserves. I'm not sure how much internet access I'll have over the next few days, but I'll try to post something from my iPhone.

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