March 17 to 23, 2018

Status OPEN
Cost  $1298 (per person)
Travel Dates March 17-23, 2018
Description This is a canoeing and camping trip through Florida’s freshwater swamps, brackish estuaries and white sand beaches of the Keys. We will paddle through a maze of islands and mangrove estuaries, looking for dolphins, manatees and pelicans. Hopefully spy white ibis, osprey, and possibly a roseate spoonbill in this paradise where air plants and exotic flowers flourish. As we visit a wildlife preserve, we will enter a sub tropic world of endangered birds, alligators. We will paddle out into the bays off the Gulf of Mexico and camp on the beaches. Wilderness Inquiry will provide 2 guides to help us appreciate Florida’s paradise of undeveloped areas and uninhabited Keys!

Arrive in the afternoon of March 17 and stay the first night at Days Inn, 10150 Daniels Parkway, Ft Meyers, FL.  Rooms will be reserved for us. We will meet that evening for our initial orientation and go out to dinner as a group. We will start our adventure early the next day Meeting our guides from Wilderness Inquiry. . The trip will end late afternoon/evening on March 23, so unless you plan to fly out late that evening, you might prefer to stay overnight at a local hotel especially after camping for seven days (You will appreciate a hot shower and a soft bed). You will have to make those arrangements on your own. If you want to stay at the same hotel as we started out, I can probably arrange the same room rate.

On day 2, after breakfast at the hotel, we will be picked up by van to head out to Shark Valley Nature Preserve for a National Park tour through a wildlife preserve.  Later that day we will set up camp in Seminole State Park and review our gear so that we can start our paddling adventure the next day.   We will be sleeping in tents ( 2 to a tent) provided by WI and paddling each day to various destinations.  We may be camping at more than one locale during the trip.

Upon inquiry, you will receive a registration packet: trip application, liability form, health information sheet and ADK credit card form.

Included
  • 2 experiences Wilderness Inquiry guies for 7 days, 6 nights
  • 1 night hotel stay in Ft. Meyers, includes breakfast
  • Ground transportation from meeting place to put in and back
  • All trail meals and snacks for 6 days
  • Lotus PDF’s
  • Old Town Tripper canoes, paddles
  • Cooking gear and tents
  • Guide gratuities
Not Included
  • Airfare to Ft. Meyers
  • Transfer from/to airport/hotel
  • Dinner the first night
  • Alcohol, soda
  • Clothes
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Packing list will be sent upon receipt of deposit and all completed forms
Payment Policy To ensure a reservation, please send by July 15, 2017 your completed application packet and $400 deposit by charge or check made payable to ADK – Florida.  Of this deposit, $100 is not refundable. After September 1, 2017, $300 (the deposit required by the WI outfitter) is also not refundable unless someone from the trip’s waitlist replaces you on the trip. The balance of $898 must be paid by Dec. 15, 2017.  If ADK has to cancel the trip. 100% is refundable.

Include deposit with signed Application, Liability and Health forms. Send by regular mail to Micheline Kagan, 171-08 Gladwin Avenue, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365.

Minimum Required  The trip requires a minimum of 8 participants by  August 15, 2017and is limited to a maximum of 10 participants.  This trip will either fill quickly or cancel due to lack of deposits.  I will inform you when the minimum has been met.  Please do not purchase air tickets prior to this.  But do check airfares to determine the best deals for flights to Ft.Meyers (or wherever you want to start your Florida trip)
Terrain/Route Choices The first day’s paddle will be quite long- 12 miles, the last part in open water in the Gulf of Mexico.  The remaining days will be easy paddling. Travel among low-lying islands, bays, beaches, canals, and lakes in the Gulf of Mexico. In some cases ( not the first day) we can travel 3 to a canoe. We will paddle and camp on beaches in the 10,000 Islands area of the Everglades. The 10,000 Islands offer a wide range of daily route options from very easy to very difficult.
Trip Insurance It is very strongly recommended that all participants have trip or travel insurance that will cover trip cancellation by the participant, travel delays, medical expenses and medical evacuation. ADK does not provide this insurance and does not cover medical expenses or evacuation in the event you are injured or become ill during the trip. Note that if you have to cancel after the date indicated above, and cannot be replaced from the leader’s waiting list, if any, you could be out the entire amount you paid for the trip.

YOU MUST BE A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING OF ADK TO BE A PARTICIPANT ON AN ADK ADVENTURE TRAVEL TRIP. YOU CAN JOIN ADK ON LINE AT WWW.ADK.ORG.

TRIP PRICES AND ARRANGEMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND ADK’s CONTROL.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: March 17, 2018

Arrive in the afternoon for overnight stay at the Days Inn and Suites in Ft. Meyers Fl. Enjoy the pool at the hotel. Meet and greet ADK group at the hotel and have dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2: March 18, 2018

The trip starts when participants are picked up early in the morning at the Days Inn and Suites in Fort Meyers. From there we will proceed to the Shark Valley Nature Preserve, take a National Park tour through a wildlife preserve, where you’ll see endangered birds and alligators and learn about the freshwater sawgrass ecosystem. After the nature tour, we will drive to Collier Seminole State park, review personal gear and repack into dry bags. Set up camp and review canoeing skills. Enjoy the evening with the group around a campfire.

Day 3: March 19, 2018

Launch the canoes on the Blackwater River and travel about 12 miles out into Gullivan Bay in the Gulf of Mexico. Look for dolphins, manatees and pelicans on the way out to Whitehorse Key. Set up camp on the sandy beaches of this sub tropic wilderness. This can be a long day, but the results are well worth it! One benefit of being here is that mosquitoes cannot breed in salt water. They will be around, but in far fewer numbers than in the freshwater ecosystem.

Day 4: March 20, 2018

Base camp and day trip further into the mangroves. Travel up Fish Hawk Creek to Gator Bay and into beautiful Buttonwood Bay. Here you will see white ibis, osprey, and possibly a Roseate Spoonbill.

Day 5: March 21, 2018

Spend a layover day relaxing, swimming, gathering shells or exploring tidal pools. If you wish, paddle through slow-moving mangrove-lined canals and ponds rich with wildlife.

Day 6: March 22, 2018

Paddle past Four Brothers Key to Dismal Key, exploring the canals and ponds.

Day 7: March 23, 2018

Paddle back through Gullivan Bay to the mouth of the Blackwater River. Arrive back at Collier Seminole State Park in the late afternoon.  We can expect to return to Fort Myers late that evening.  Plan on late evening flights or better yet, stay overnight in a room with a hot shower and a comfortable bed and fly out the next morning.

Notes  Lodging /Bathroom Facilities: We will set up a base camp out on one of the keys. At night you will sleep in a comfortable Eureka Timberline tent. Typically, there are 2 people per tent (although other arrangements can be made). We recommend that you bring your own personal sleeping bag and sleeping pad (a limited number of sleeping bags and mattresses are available for individuals who need to borrow them). Toilet facilities consist of a foldable commode chair set up in a privacy tent. We make every effort to ensure privacy and cleanliness. No showers will be available. 

Camp Chores: Our trips are cooperative in nature. WI staff will assist you in whatever areas you need, however most people pitch in where they can. Part of the adventure involves learning about daily camp activities.

Equipment and Clothing: Wilderness Inquiry will provide all necessary canoeing and camping equipment. All you need to provide is your personal gear, such as clothing and a sleeping bag and ground pad. A detailed equipment list will be sent to you upon confirmation of your participation. If you need to borrow personal gear that can usually be arranged.

Fishing: Fishing is good in the 10,000 Islands, but you must get a valid Florida saltwater license. A 7-day non-resident license is $30. To get a license, call 1-888-347-4356, or go on-line to: http://myfwc.com, you can buy one instantly with a credit card. You may want to get a permit for Snook ($2) or Spiny Lobster ($2).

Registration Procedure Include deposit with signed Application, Liability and Health forms.
Send by regular mail to Micheline Kagan, 171-08 Gladwin Avenue, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365.You must be a member of ADK to be on the trip.
Trip Leader Micheline Kagan
516-659-8852
171-08 Gladwin Avenue
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365