Paddling our Long Haul Mark II Commando folding kayak in the Everglades
behind the Everglades City ranger station on December 22, 2011, the beginning of the operation.
December 22, 2011, unpacking the Long Haul Mark II Commando folding kayak...
assembling the various components of the Long Haul Mark II folding kayak. It is recommended to assemble the kayak on a flat terrain.
the aft keel of the Long Haul Mark II kayak. We added the rubber strip to protect the wood and prevent slipping.
the middle-aft section of the Long Haul Mark II Hypalon/Seamark skin
our fully loaded boat is ready for the maiden voyage...
December 22, 2011. En route to Pavilion Key.
Our first day on the water. December 22, 2011. We left a bit late and right before the midpoint of our first 12.5 mile long leg between Everglades City and Pavilion Key we lost daylight.
Close to midnight on Pavilion Key, trying to get warm.
Our first camp at Pavilion Key. We arrived close to 22:30 hours in pitch black and unloaded the boat quickly in the water to prevent any damages to the Hypalon keel.
We were always careful to find a clean soft spot (sand or grass) to park our kayak.
Pavilion Key was quiet and seemed empty. Just the way we like it...:)
We left Everglades City with 60 litres of fresh water. These MSR dromedary bags are excellent for carrying water in a kayak.
Don't leave home without it, can be applied to many things in life...:) We took 60 litres of fresh water, 5 litres of Heineken beer and some 4 litres of Red Bull...:)
The Long Haul Mark II Commando folding kayak rests empty on the beach at Pavilion Key in the Everglades National Park. We simply love this boat.
The bow cargo area of the Long Haul Mark II Commando folding kayak. We had to put the boat on the water first and then load in the water to avoid keel abrasions from the oysters, shells and rocks.
the BSD outrigger system is extremely useful
loading the boat at Pavilion Key
part of the BSD sailing rig.
individual drinking water botttes
camera bag 1, leeboard, water bottle, bilge pump
ready to leave Pavilion Key
Hypalon keel and Seamark deck make a good combination.
the BSD 36' HP Sport sail.
December 24, 2011. Hard paddling from Turkey Key to Hog Key. We approached the beach after a loop that allowed us to take advantage of the SW wind.
the small narrow beach at Hog Key is flanked on both sides by very difficult to land areas.
protecting the fresh water from the raccoons at Turkey Key.
the rain is fun..:)
the open bow luggage compartment and the stroboscopic light
getting ready to leave Highland Beach
unloading at Highland Beach
loading in the surf
arriving at Hog Key
the Long Haul Mark II Commando is fully loaded, waiting for its next voyage at Hog Key
recharging batteries at Highland Beach
preparing lunch at Highland Beach in the Everglades
some of our food.
mosquito at Highland Beach
unloading the boat at Hog Key
the storm is brewing at Hog Key
at Hog Key during the storm
protecting the fresh water from the raccoons at Hog Key
checking the weather forecast at Turkey Key
fully loaded waiting for the high tide at Turkey Key
back at Pavilion Key on the way out
we had to unload the boat up to our waist in the cold water at Pavilion Key
fighting the mosquitoes at Turkey Key
the narrow beach at Turkey Key
fishing at Highland Beach
the hidden stumps at Hog Key revealed by the low tide... these stumps can damage the Hypalon skin of our folding kayak.
camping at Hog Key
the underwater danger at Hog Key
unloading during our first landing at Hog Key
the always fascinating Highland Beach
Two Nomads at Highland Beach in the Everglades National Park, Florida.
the GoalZero solar panel/battery charger system works very well
a dip in the ocean is so refreshing..:)
preparing the fire at Highland Beach
Highland Beach, looking south towards the mouth of Broad River
after the mosquitoes attack
Highland Beach before the storm
the Silvermax shirt is the best!
the tide chart, don't leave shore without it!
camping again at Turkey Key on our way back
the narrow beach at Turkey Key is very rough. We cleared a large portion for our boat and tent
the 3 lbs. anchor
December 23, 2011. Long paddle from Pavilion Key to New Turkey Key, then Turkey Key.
December 25, 2011. Excellent wind (and rain) while we sailed from Hog Key to Highland Beach.
December 27, 2011. We had the perfect wind and we sailed ( 7 mph) from Highland beach to Hog Key.
December 28, 2011. Mostly paddling from Hog key to Turkey Key.
December 29, 2011. After a hard paddling session in the first part, we had a lovely sail around the Pavilion Key.
December 30, 2011. Paddling and sailing form Pavilion Key to Jewel Key.
December 31, 2011, our last day on the water, paddling against the tide from Jewel key to Everglades City. After we cleaned and packed the boat (5 hours) we drove non-stop back to NYC (22 hours)
This is the entire floating plan. Everglades City - Pavilion Key - Turkey Key - Hog Key - Highland Beach - Hog Key - Turkey Key - Pavilion Key - Jewel key - Everglades City.