- The truth behind my Kayak trip from Pensacola to the keys told through many sarcastic tips and tricks organized in the order I thought of them on my buddies couch. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did writing it. Dedicated to the many friends I made this past year... People are always asking me, "Cole poppa, how do you do it? What do you eat? How do you squeeze all that pile of junk in your yak????" Well I'll tell ya, but the truth is I hate gear. It's a bitter sweet love-hate relationship it is, the one between my gear and I. We fight and argue, sometimes things get physical but we always come back to each other. Sometimes I pick up new gear and leave the old stuff behind, or trash it, or heck my best friend starts using it and then I get jealous and take it back. Sometimes waking up in the morning with it is just the worse and I can't stand the sight of it all. In the end though all this gear makes life outside on the boat worth it. Read on for Cole Pop…
marks my 4th day on the water and about 75 miles paddled total! Things
have been fun for sure, and getting settled and working out the kinks in
my gear has been interesting. Everyday I get a little faster, and
everything develops a rhythm of its own. My route
today involved transitioning to the Gulf from the inter coastal. I left
from Fort Walton beach and paddled into Destin out the East Pass. The
waters were crystal clear, and momentarily I felt I was already in the
keys. Guess not. I got my first taste of big waves as I pushed out past
the wakes from the many boats passing by and then into the open sea. I'm
excited to say that the boat held together great and is still water
tight after being knocked around today!
As I neared my destination, Topsail Hill State Park, I had to figure out how to make a landing in the rough surf. I went for the "go as fast as I can and hop out before I hit something" method. Sure enough as I paddled in I caught a sma…
Paddling along the ditch (the intercoastal waterway) in Venice I heard a voice behind me. "Hey you gotta pretty good cadence going there! Where ya heading??" The voice was that of my new good friend George, an outdoorsman, sailor, river runner, mason, and just about as many other skills as you can think of. You can imagine we got along real well! George has been sailing down the coast and is trying to get to the Keys. We both were struggling with the weather and after talking I ended up on his boat!
Sailing was a nice little break from paddling for the day, and it gave me a little time to get out of the weather and get cleaned up. Let me tell ya, I definitely have the sailing bug, and if I wasn't paddling, I'd probably still be on that boat! We split a marina fee 50/50 and boy was it nice to get a hot shower and get some laundry done! Our conversations were just about endless. We always had something to talk about and jokes and banter were everywhere. One wo…