Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Dunedin Marina - Moonlight Paddle Launch

In recognition of our summer-like temps (high of 82F), I offer up this archive picture from a moonlight paddle sponsored by a local kayak outfitter, Osprey Bay Outdoors. We launched from Dunedin Marina in the evening, just a little while before sunset. Then we paddled to a spoil island less than a mile from the launch for a Jimmy Buffet, Margaritaville style party. We all had drinks, burgers, hot dogs and s'mores while we watched the sun go down. Then we partied for a while, and paddled back to the Dunedin Marina under a brilliant moon, arriving around midnight. It was a lot of fun. And hey, it's Florida, that's why we live here, isn't it?

You can't see my boat in this shot, but it looks very much like the third one from the left. It's a Dirigo 120, by Old Town. You can see the Old Town information about it here. It's not a real fancy boat, but I love it just the same. This area is perfect for kayaking, with rivers, bays, harbors and the Gulf of Mexico all nearby. Of course, the weather makes it enjoyable just about all year round.
A Spoil Island across from the Dunedin Marina
And here I borrow a great idea from my fellow blogger in Brasov, Romania, including some satellite images from Google Earth. Modern technology is AWESOME! The picture on the left is the spoil island we visited for the party. The middle image is the Dunedin Marina. The image on the right shows both the Marina and the spoil island, so you can get a little bit of an idea of the distance. Click to enlarge.

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful colors in the first photo, lovely scene too. :) Over a dozen boats in the pic, it must've been a great party. Oh, yes, you guys know how to have fun!

    Any PUI charges that night? >8D

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  2. That looks like fun. How's the weather there?

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  3. The photos are great. The idea is more than charming...but OMG! dangerous. Paddling back in the dark after good Margaritas? You do like to live on the edge. Now - if you only hired a boat - I'm in! :)

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  4. I wonder how straight the paddling was after the party? LOL

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  5. I like your photo and the narrative with it. I also like Googe Earth but all the places we try to see still use out of focus technology so do not allow sharp close-ups.

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  6. That must have been great!!!!!!

    But I would have asked the same question as Nathalie :-)

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  7. I've seen these kayaks before, in the Everglades, and they always look like great fun! (not as heavy as the metal canoe types and more flexible to manuever). I've never heard of a moonlight kayak trip, what a great idea this is. Thank you for the link to the Fenway restoration.

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  8. Sounds like fun. Do you do this often? I'll sign up to be the designated paddler.

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  9. congratulation for this performance the pictures from google earth are stunning !

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  10. Sounds like great fun!! Did you have any Designated Paddlers :)

    Love those Google Earth shots too!

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  11. sounds like quite the party! Sorry I missed it.

    thanks for the recommendations yesterday. When I get back next week I will let you know which one I visited and how it went.

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  12. another great post ! kayaks ? paddling ? sounds like a lot of fun . i never done anything like that . and to be honest , i'm more happy with some bigger boat or even better , a ship ... hahaha...
    is that your christmas tree ? from this year ? i also had the idea of a blue tree but here we only decorate it on christmas' eve .

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  13. What a wonderful post. I'm so glad you decided to share it with us. I think y'all are a bunch of brave fun-lovin' kayakers!

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  14. You were drinking and kayaking? Lucky for you, no errant alligator was on patrol that night ;-)

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