Location: St. Joseph Sound, FL. Temperature: 82F Wind: Moderate Conditions: Partly cloudy
Howdy everyone! It's been a long time between paddles, but I managed to get out for a morning excursion during a visit with family in Palm Harbor, Florida! Regular Durhamblogger readers may remember that my first visit to St. Joseph Sound in Dunedin, FL was back in March 2013. I was staying only 1 mile from a local kayak outfitter located on the Dunedin causeway (not by accident!) so... a short stroll over the causeway and the obligatory "exchange of money" and I was the proud "temporary" owner of a rental Expedition sit-in kayak! Click on the photos to enlarge.
The local kayak outfitter had lots of sit-in, sit-on-top, SUPs, and sailboats for rent. The month of October is off season in Florida and I was his only customer that morning!
Preparing to put in at St. Joseph Sound. The launch area was sand with little to no waves or current - ideal for kayaks, sail boats and other small water craft. The kayak rental shop was located within 50 yards of the sound. My immediate destination was an island located approximately 1 mile from the put in area - that distant smug on the horizon.
I spotted this hawk enjoying a fish snack while perched on a mast top of a beached sail boat. Click on the photo to enlarge.
There was a slight chop and at times the breeze was stiff as I paddled out into St. Joseph Sound.
Always glad to see these types of signs! The water was also too shallow for deep draft boats this close in to the island.
These fishermen were chumming for large fish. The fellow on the flying bridge, with the binoculars, was on the lookout for fish schools while his buddy piloted the boat and threw chum into the water. I know that chum will attract large fish, including sharks, so I paddled away from this activity quickly.
I encountered few large water craft during my paddle, unlike the heavy boat traffic during my March 2013 "in-season" adventure. It was nice to have most of St. Joseph Sound to myself.
Returning my rental kayak, I set out over the causeway on my return walk to the condo. Florida is built for outdoor adventures with lots of pedestrian walkways, parks, and nature trails.
It was great to visit with my younger brother again... and also to get in a much needed paddle! I hope to get in several more paddles closer to home in North Carolina before my paddling season ends in late November. Happy paddles everyone! :-)