Monday, May 24, 2010

Shellkey Preserve- A great trip

My 19 year old son, Jared and I had planned to do the Florida 120 in north Florida, but work and family obligations took precedence.  So we decided to do a three day trip to Shell Key Preserve ( ) just north of the mouth of Tampa Bay. 

Here we are all loaded and ready to shove off for three days of sailing and exploring and fishing and just plain fun.
In the picture above Jared is discussing the attributes of the Expedition Windsurfer.
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Here Jared is headed for the island- he was hard to keep up with!

After a long day of windsurfing a good meal hit the spot.  I liked the idea of Jared cooking dinner, but I had to do the dishes.
What a great way to end the day- good meal and great company.
In the photo above we made a sun block with the sails.  This provided a nice place to eat lunch and relax a bit out of the sun.
Sailing through some very skinny water...4 to 5 inches maybe.
So what do you do when the wind dies?  Go stand-up-paddling (SUP) of course!
In the mornings the wind would come out of the east, light and variable until mid-afternoon when a sea breeze would kick in.  The wind would shut down for a few minutes and we would do some stand-up.
Here the "old man" is doing his best to look cool. 
Check out the water color and the beautiful white sandy beach!  Wish you could have been with us.
Jared and I can hardly wait for our next adventure on the Expedition Windsurfers.

"Leave nothing but a wake"

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