Welcome to KULEANA ADVENTURES!
Here we seek out adventure using a custom designed windsurfer which can be used as a kayak or Stand-up paddle board and has five water tight hatches for storing camping gear. Follow along as we embark on treasure hunts, fishing trips, wildlife photography, exploration and adventure racing.
Winds out of the SW at 12 - 15kts with gusts near 18kts.
I was to meet Josh (aka Tidetraveller) to discuss the possibility
of using the Kuleana for the Everglades Challenge (http://watertribe.org/) a
350 mile adventure race down the west coast of Florida.Josh successfully completed the 350 mile race
this year using a Hobie Adventure Island. Josh, being a true adventurer, wants to complete the race on windsurfer or paddle board.So to give him a chance to test sail the
Kuleana and perhaps determine if it would work for such an adventure we agreed
to meet on the causeway leading onto Sanibel Island.
The weather was great for testing the boat.We had a nice strong wind blowing from the
WSW with an occasional rain cloud as a frontal system moved across the state.Josh brought along his stand-up board that he
had retro-fitted for a sail.We spent a
couple of hours racing back and forth in the bay comparing notes and discussing
possible options for the race.
We both agreed that with some modifications to the design at
least one Kuleana will be at the starting line for the 2013 Everglades
Since I was in the area I thought I might as well spend a
couple of nights on Sanibel and do some exploring.I have heard lots of good things about the
area but have never been made the time to visit.So after a few hours of sailing with Josh we
packed up and I headed for the Periwinkle Campground on Sanibel Island.
Periwinkle Trailer Park & Campground is a nice park that
has a limited number of tent sites.I was
able to reserve a site with electric hookup but never needed to use the electric.Here in Florida, June it can get pretty
uncomfortable to sleep at night, so I brought along a fan.But because of the overcast rainy weather on
Friday the temps were pleasant and I had no trouble sleeping in my tent.
Once I had my tent set up and camp in order, I set out to
explore the island by bike.I thought
ahead enough to remember my bike and I am glad that I did.Sanibel has a great bike trail so once you
are on the island you don’t really need to ever use your car.
If you get to Sanibel you have to visit Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grill. Order the Yucatan Shrimp. You will love it!!!
On Saturday I rigged the Kuleana and sailed out to some of
the islands north of the causeway.Some
of these are great for camping on, and would make a great stopping point if
doing the EC.
This island just a few miles north of the Sanibel causway would make a geat place to camp.
Can you find the trail through the mangrove?
Another beautiful Gulf coast sunset on Sanibel Island... decompression time.