Beyond BOW Scalloping July 2010
The staff of Good Time Kayaking and Not a Clue Adventures arrived in Jena, Fl Friday night to prepare for the ladies that would be soon arriving from all over North and Central Florida to scallop over the weekend. Once camp was set up we took out the “Beachcat” to do a little scouting with some of the girls that arrived early. We launched at Rocky Creek a couple hours before low tide and the water was pretty low then….but after a couple hours of scalloping and scouting the water got VERY LOW! We ended up pulling the boat across the grass flats for about a mile and a half. What an adventure to start a great weekend (and one heck of a workout to!) We arrived back at camp just before sunset to see that all the girls that were camping with us had arrived and we had a nice dinner and all were in bed early to rest before a busy day out on the water.
Saturday morning we took some extra time to check the weather alerts to make sure tropical storm Bonnie was staying away, and after some hot coffee, we headed to the boat launch to prep the kayaks. When we arrived, we were met by a couple of the other ladies that had arrived early and another good friend Debbie that came out to visit and to just see us off. All the participants signed in, received their “goodie bags” and soon were learning the basics of paddling and going over the safety regulations with Robin. The girls were all in a hurry to hit the water and shortly we were all on our way, paddling down Rocky Creek, through the salt marsh to the Gulf of Mexico. It only took about 10-15 minutes and the girls were in the water with their kayaks tied up to the “Chick Barge” and snorkeling. The day was a bit overcast and the sea a little choppy but soon many of the ladies were bagging scallops and brining them to the boat. Not long after noon we were headed back to camp to teach everyone how to clean their scallops.
Edyie provided some elk steaks and baked potatoes for dinner and we all had a wonderful meal prepared outside! There was much discussion on whether to go fishing or on a night paddle up Rocky Creek, but after all the talking most everyone decided they were just too tired. Edyie and Deb did take an hour or so of scouting for hogs on the property…but most of us were in bed early! I am not sure if it was more to try and escape the heat or to get away from the mosquitoes at camp but either way it was great to get some shut-eye!
Sunday morning we had fewer ladies so we all loaded up on the “Chick Barge” and went out again. We had our limit by 1:30! After arriving back at camp we cleaned scallops and broke down all the equipment. By 4:30 we were on our way home. The weather had held up the whole weekend. Not far down the highway it was storming….but as we drove into the rain we were greeted by a beautiful rainbow! What a perfect ending to a perfect weekend!
If you are interested in joining us on our next scalloping trip on Aug 14-15, 2010 please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Until next time….