~Paul & Amber Everyone's Travel Club
Everyone's Travel Club here, day two of our quick trip to the Bahamas. We kayaked from our resort (a resort review coming soon) to the smallest National Park in the Bahamas - Peterson Cay.
Peterson Cay is a very small island, surrounded by a coral reef, about a mile offshore. You have to take some kind of watercraft to get there (I guess you could swim, probably not a great idea though). We made a about a 5 hour trip out of it, coming from our resort (Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach). If you zoom in on the map above the resort is listed (it's between the two waterways to the West).
OK, so we weren't the first to get there...guided kayak tours leave from the mainland (check them out here) and boats from the other side of the island frequent the park (bringing visitors) too.
Dark and coral-y. In the distance - dark and stormy...time to paddle back!
All and all, a great day trip. It is always great to paddle to a specific destination, rather than just along the shore like a lot of our trips. I'm not sure if we would pay to go with a huge group (like the one pictured before), it felt nice to paddle up, enjoy, and leave when we wanted!
~Paul & Amber Everyone's Travel Club
When my wife emailed me that she had found an online coupon to stay at an all-inclusive resort on Grand Bahama island, I was totally stoked. The only thing was, I needed a new suitcase to take our double kayak with us.
I had carried on our Innova Safari on our last trip to North Carolina, and I had borrowed luggage to take our Innova Helios II and one of our Innova Safaris to Key West last year.
Since the flight was international they allowed us to check one free bag each. We ended up fitting the double kayak (Helios II) and all of the extra gear (pumps, oars, PFDs, our clothes, etc.) into two bags - one large, one carry-on size. The airline let us slide a little, the big suitcase was 2.5 lbs over the 50 lb limit, but we were off.
Seattle to Chicago. Chicago to Miami. Miami to Freeport.
After a quick $25 cab ride to the resort(no need to exchange money in the Bahamas, the Bahamian dollar is the same as US and they accept both), we sat for a second, and then went to scope out the beach. The next morning we set off on our fist kayak adventure (next blog post). The kayak and gear made it fine, customs didn't even ask me to open the bags (even after I had told them I had a kayak in there!). They laughed at the fact that I brought my own boat and waived us through.
~Paul & Amber ETC
Everyone's Travel Club here, just back from 5 days on Grand Bahama Island. Over the next few posts we'll be sharing our adventure - some kayaking trips, some attractions on land, a hotel review, a few stories, and lots of pictures...enjoy!
Dear Washington state Coast Guard,
Good idea! Stickers to add to your kayak, canoe, or whatever so if it (the kayak that is) blows off your deck, boat, or whatever you can just give the owner a ring instead of starting a full-blown, search and rescue operation because you found an empty kayak. We here at the club have added them to the Innova fleet.
Read more about the Washington Paddle Smart stickers for your boat...
Nice view of the local volcano. Why does everyone call her Mount Rainier? She's a volcano!
ETC here, finally! We just returned from a little kayaking trip to the Bahamas (will post soon). In the meantime, thought I'd share a few posts. I take pictures all of the time and dealing with them after the click of the camera gets a little time consuming. Download that, enhance the picture there, delete these, upload here, etc.
Probably the most interactive sculpture in Seattle, located in the Fremont neighborhood, Waiting for the Interurban gets decorated regularly by locals. Sometimes balloons, shirts, you name it. I was pleased the other day when I drove by and saw the mark of Steve Zissou and the Zissou society on one of their shirts. If you like dry humor and anything about the sea, make sure you check out The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou...
Did a little spring cleaning to the inflatable Innova fleet. What great kayaks. I added a specially-made-for-boat vinyl spf spray to them a few weeks ago. This is a good idea, I do it annually. It protects the boats from sun damage and makes them nice and slick (faster in the water). I noticed a few scrapes to the outer fabric, very small, I'll probably repair them with the patch kits (that come with the kayaks) soon.
The current fleet consists of two Innova Safaris, and one Innova Helios II. They are all lightweight and pack small into backpacks. I've taken them on planes (in the overhead and checked), up mountains, on road-trips, in waves, and around town (in the trunk or by bus). Maybe the sun could just come out one of these Northwest weekends so I can kick off the season!
I was going to through the vault of ETC photos the other day and I found a few pics to share. Seattle artist Ryan 'henry' Ward has been decorating our buildings (and buses apparently) for a while now, it's hard to go anywhere and not see a walrus balancing on a bike or a school of cartoonish fish with big eyes giving you a wired look. I saw this bus at Golden Gardens just before kayaking. I like it. The more cartoonish life is the better.
All I'm saying is this thing better be waterproof. I finally used some REI coupons, gift cards, and my annual dividend to purchase a dry suit for kayaking in the icy waters of the Puget Sound (actually not icy - currently around 45 degrees).
I managed to get it on - the wrists and the neck were especially tight (watertight!). I decided to sit and watch a little TV with the thing on just to make sure I didn't faint due to lack of blood to my brain or something. It seemed to be OK.
Adventures planned with new dry suit and Innova inflatable kayak this summer:
-The Duwamish River
-Liberty Bay (from Seattle to Poulsbo)
-West Seattle to Blake Island
Since the crew here at Everyone's Travel Club is getting ready for some pretty big adventures, I thought I'd share a quote from The Cruise of the Snark by Jack London (a pretty fun book). Anytime I get a little scared before doing something big I think of this:
“There is one unfortunate and perplexing phase of the voyage of the Snark. Roscoe, who is to be my co-navigator, is a follower of one, Cyrus R. Teed. Now Cyrus R. Teed has a different cosmology from the one generally accepted, and Roscoe shares his views. Wherefore Roscoe believes that the surface of the earth is concave and that we live on the inside of a hollow sphere. Thus, though we shall sail on the one boat, the Snark, Roscoe will journey around the world on the inside, while I shall journey around on the outside. But of this, more anon. We threaten to be of the one mind before the voyage is completed. I am confident that I shall convert him into making the journey on the outside, while he is equally confident that before we arrive back in San Francisco I shall be on the inside of the earth. How he is going to get me through the crust I don’t know, but Roscoe is ay a masterful man.” - Jack London from The Cruise of the Snark, written in 1907-1908 (pg. 9)