The weather report called for 5 to 10 knot winds with a moderate chop on the intracoastal. The wind felt much stronger than that as we paddled into the wind toward Shipyard Island. The goal for today was to explore a few of the primitive island campsites for a kayak camping trip that I am planning later this summer.
I spotted a dolphin in before we crossed the channel, but as usual, I was too slow with the camera. Here are some bird pics instead...
The best part about kayaking Mosquito Lagoon is the ability to explore places that other boats can't... Just watch out for the oyster beds. There are signs posted designating the area an oyster bed restoration area.
This must be part of the oyster restoration project... Continuing on to Shipyard Campsite #3.
|Shipyard Campsite #3|
The view of this campsite from Google Earth, and Bing Maps both showed more of a beach area. That wasn't so. The campsite was much smaller than I had expected. Smaller than the campsites packed in side-by-side in the state parks. It did have a picnic table, and a fire ring with a grill grate on top. I was a little disappointed because this site was on the top of my list to reserve through Canaveral National Seashore for an upcoming kayak camping trip with my friends.
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On to campsite #4 Headwinds... It is just a short paddle along the shoreline from campsite #3.
|view from campsite #4|
Checked out a few little coves where the fish were jumping. They call Mosquito Lagoon the Redfish capital of the world. I would like do some kayak fishing out here one day. Live shrimp seems to be the bait of choice according to multiple people who I talked to.
Saw another dolphin in the channel. I tried to take some video of it, but it didn't turn out. Neither did the picture of the stingray that I took on the way back to JB's Fish Camp. I guess all of my readers will just have to come out with me someday. I could always use another paddling buddy.
Landed back at JB's. Time for a beer. Then a dip in the pool at the beach condo, some hot dogs on the grill, and some more beer...
New Smyrna Beach celebrated it's 125th birthday this weekend.
|Like my sunglasses? That reminds me, I need to get a new dive mask.|
|They're not done until they're burnt!|
What a weekend! And to top it off, as I type this Florida State is playing in the College Baseball Super Regional against Stanford on ESPN2. If they win tonight, they go to the College World Series. Go 'Noles!
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