Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Release Date 4/26/2018

I was kayaking in Baja Mexico around the town of La Bufadora with a trip organized by Pinniped Kayak.

The trip was run/managed by Jen Kleck who runs the Baja Kayak Fest in the same location each year.

We drove down from San Diego and had great Tacos and saw great scenery.












 



We did a lot of rock garden paddling right around the little town, and also an overnight trip to a small lighthouse off the coast.

The rock garden paddling was very unique and we quickly learned the intensity of the Pacific swell was so much bigger and more powerful than what we were used to paddling around Rhode Island and Maine here on the East Coast. All the time we were there things were small to small-medium, but it was more than large enough for me!

 
Fresh Sea Urchin with our lunch.



 

I saw plastic boats get massive dents and holes, paddles break, and at one point an entire 15 foot kayak get pulled underwater VERTICALLY in a hole right next to a big rock that was clearly over 15 foot deep. Really impressive stuff.

These three photos illustrate the difference that timing plays, this is the exact same spot just a few minutes apart, its critical to pick the right time to go through something like this. You want some water, but not too much!














One thing we were quickly taught was NOT to surf through these slots and pour overs. Instead the goal was to pick a small to medium wave that had enough water, and try to stay on the back of it.

Here is a picture of me going through a slot that has a hole on the other end. I made it all the way through, did this cool brace then capsized, and eventually rolled-up with a little help. I capsized a number of times always at end of the feature. I would make it all the way through, be super proud of myself, then fall over!



and a closeup, fortunately you cant see the look of terror on my face:



There is a lot of aquaculture down here. This funny shipname is working on fattening pens for Bluefin Tuna.






This lighthouse is about to be decommissioned, but it was really cool to be able to visit it.









 






Truth: Timing is important.

5/15/2018
Mario who FOUND the bottle sent along the following picture showing the bottle and highlighting the spot on the shore where he found it. Dunno how he got down there in the rocks!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Release Date 2/18/2018

I released this message while hunting near the Suwanee River in north Florida.

The weather was great nice and warm. A bit windy for good hunting, and we had to leave early on Sunday because of rain but otherwise was nice.

We had a great relaxing day out in the woods.

I did see a few small hogs, but we didn't get any to take home.

Really Really low tide. Good thing we brought an airboat!





Had a great steak dinner anyway, and then on Sunday got to watch an exciting super bowl game and see the dreaded Patriots go down swinging YES!!!


New Hunting knife put to work on steak


Truth: Sometimes 8 is not enough.


This is a good sign at a BBQ place.


Saturday, December 09, 2017

Release Date 12/1/2017

I released this message on the ferry between Tierra del Fuego and mainland Chile.

We had be visiting Karukinka National Park which is located at the very Southern end of the Island and we were returning to Puenta Arenas where we flew into and out of the area.

This is a beautiful and wild place. Most of Tierra del Fuego is flat grasslands dominated by Sheep farming, but in the far South there are forested mountains with many different kind of habitats. On the same day we were hiking through areas sheltered by the wind consisting of lakes and beaver dams, then driving through a mountain pass with snow on the ground, walking on barren beach in 40MPH winds, and driving through flat pampas grasslands.



The most distinctive feature of the entire trip was the really fierce wind. Everyday we saw winds in excess of 40MPH. Our trip was even delayed by a day because the ferry from Puenta Arenas was not allowed to make the crossing.




 

We found 4 huge bags of wool on the road one day. Somebody must have been driving a wool truck like a maniac and they fell off.

Some ideas for my container house.




king crab traps.

The end of the road!


pesky beavers are destroying the natural rivers and streams. Brought from Canada at the turn of the century to start a fur trade, now the rangers are killing them.


A really really windy beach where I'm looking for cool flotsam or jetsam

An old abandoned gold "dredge" this one of the 3 tourist traps on the island


yes we abused the Pano picture feature, but the landscape demanded it!

Tasty lamb cooking in a restaurant I had to have this when I saw it.

These racecars were on the ferry the first day, but the trip and race was cancelled because of wind

a black diamond ski run too steep to even think about walking down basically a cliff.

lots of cool shipwrecks on the beach. This one at the ferry dock in Punta Arenas

We did a hike outside of punta arenas to a ski resort, in the summer it is for hikers
 

by the end of the trip the brand new rental truck was very dirty
















Truth: Too much salt is a bad thing.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Release Date 11/6/2017

I released this message off of Cedar Beach in the Peconic Bay.

I was out tending my oysters on a gray fall day. The water is getting cold and the oysters are going into a sort of hibernation for the winter. If I go out any more it will just be to harvest some for eating.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Weather was in the 60s windy and overcast. It rained on me, but just a tiny bit.

I paddled over to Jessup Neck, which strangely enough is a very small National Wildlife Refuge. I paddled up on a deer and two wild Turkeys eating acorns. Because I came from the water they let me come right up on them.

Jessup Neck is pretty cool just a long skinny spit of land with some big hills on it.



I paddled around some of the houses and had some lunch.


I saw lots of boats out and some guys snorkeling. Turns out it was the opening day of Scallop Season for Bay Scallops. We should try that next year if the water is warm like it is now.


There was a very strong current pulling out to sea on the way back, and with the wind I got confused and went way off course. It wasn't until I was over near the other shore that a realized I had been pushed very far East.

Truth: Technology can Fail.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Release Date 10/21/2017

I was up in North Florida for some boating, fishing, and hunting.

It was wonderfully warm, but not hot, unfortunately the wind was blowing very hard the entire time which made it difficult to drive our airboat and also made the fishing and hunting unproductive. 

The water up here is always the color of coffee, and because of the wind we could not get out into deep clear water for flats fishing.

I went North as far as Shired Island, and South as far as Cedar Key.

Shired Island was by far my favorite just a tiny desolate spit of sand out in the marsh. We met a really interesting guy there in an ancient camper who looked like he lived there. I could understand about every other word he said, no shirt, just burned brown by the sun going on and on. I can only imagine what he is like during the cocktail hour.

We saw a ton of signs of hogs on a little private island up there, that we were not allowed to hunt on. This would be a good place to launch kayaks.

Cedar Key on the other hand is the exact opposite just crappy restaurants and all touristy. Locals were super friendly and were able to get 2 free rides. One we repaid with a drink at a bar, and were entertained by his stories of life in the Islands and off color humor, the other we forced a $10 bill on.

This area is beautiful in its own desolate way, and hopefully it will always stay this way.

I did find a cool island for sale, Deer Island, a bit out of my price range, but they seem to be flexible, and a conservation easement might really knock the price down.

Truth:  Some Awards are better than others.

Some pictures are below.