Porsches and Water Mix Well… EGR PCA Kayak Adventure
On April 14, 18 EGR PCA members ventured into Tarpon Bay at the Ding Darling Natural Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island for 2 hours of kayaking led by our expert guide, Wendy. The group followed the Commodore Creek Kayak Trail from the Tarpon Bay Explorers outpost, where we got up close and personal with mangroves as well as aquatic and aviary wildlife. Wendy shared her knowledge of the beautiful and fragile ecology of this protected area.
Experienced paddlers partnered with novices in tandem kayaks and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the adventure. The sunny weather was perfect and an incoming tide made the outgoing trip quite an easy paddle. Less favorable tides and winds added slightly more exercise on the return trip. Everglades Region PCA members proved just as adept at maneuvering kayaks around the water as their Porsches on the track.
Participants saw an abundance of cormorants, horseshoe crabs, kites and jumping mullets. Our very own Chris and Jenny Branston, notorious for their fishing skills, had a yellow-tailed snapper jump out of the water directly into their kayak. The snapper’s bid to serve as lunch was sadly rejected; it was immediately dispatched back into Commodore Creek.
After burning off some calories in the kayaks, we were ready to fuel up! We caravanned through the beauty of Sanibel Island and over the magical Sanibel causeway back to the Wassersugs’ home on the Caloosahatchee River. We enjoyed drinks and a fabulous lunch of pulled pork, sausage, salad and more prepared by Faith and Steve. Additional wildlife sightings from the Wassersugs’ dock closed out a fantastic day of cars, kayaks and camaraderie.