|Under a bridge on Christmas Eve|
On Christmas Eve, as I changed out of my kayaking in a restroom at a boat ramp, I overheard a cute conversation between a toddler and his mother. "It's Christmas!", said the toddler. "Not yet," said the mother. "But I see snow flakes!" The toddler was looking at the walls of the stalls that were black with little white paint splotches on them. He was right, they did look like snow flakes. Poor kid, if this was the closest he could come to snow.
According to the folks at ActiveCaptain (the website used for boats traveling the ICW), this is the slowest week of the year for use of their site. That means this is the best time on the ICW for kayakers, as there are not so many wakes to dodge. I'm not looking forward to the increase in traffic next week, as I will have to dodge more boat wakes.
best time for kayakers to be on the ICW with little traffic.
As Chris was waiting for me to reach my take-out the other day, he talked with a couple who were cruising down the ICW in their power boat. When Chris explained what I'm doing they said: "That's crazy! She must not drink enough!" So maybe alcohol would be the cure for this kayaking nonsense. To test that out, Chris and I went to a package store and checked out the options. We were excited to see one of our favorites beers from Quebec was there! But we didn't buy that. We bought four bottles of another one "La Fin du Monde" made by the same brewer. I'll see how this "cure" works.
After kayaking yesterday, Chris and I walked on Cocoa Beach. We saw hoards of shore birds. Also lots of surfers, and waders and kids building sand castles. Too bad our grandchildren were not able to make it down as they would have loved it.
|Children playing on the beach|
Had a wonderful holiday dinner with Lorren and Kent, our neighbors from Troy. Fruitcake, fudge, cookies, strawberries and craft beer rounded out our celebration. Enjoyed our shady campsite with our Aliner hard sided pop-up and screen house.
|Our Christmas camp|
Date: December 24, 2015 Restart Paddle Day: 33
Start location: Palm Shores, FL Launch time: 8:00 am
End location: Palm Bay Land time: 11:21 am
Average speed: 4.0 mph Max Speed: 6.3 mph
Total expedition miles with kayak: 2088 Motor-portage miles: 397
Kayak Storage: Manatee Hammock Campground
Host: Chris Percival