The Tamiami Triathlon made this year’s 14 in 14 list and the first leg of the triathlon is complete. We arrived at the Everglades National Park visitor center in Everglades City shortly after 9:00 and by 10:15 we shoved off in a tandem kayak heading for Sandfly Island.
Paddling across Chokoloskee Bay was relatively easy since the wind was calm and the water flat and by starting at dead low tide, that meant we’d have the incoming tide assisting us on our return…good news.
John threw in a line as we approached the mangrove islands and brought in a lady fish and after about an hour of paddling, we’d reached our destination.
We took a short walk exploring the island that had once been the home of Calusa’s and then later settlers that grew tomatoes on the island. We also met a couple of men who’d camped on Sandfly the previous night in what they described as an incredible lightning storm that ripped up one of their tents. How terrifying.
Time to paddle back across the bay and this time with the tide’s assistance, it only took about 45 minutes. We reached the shore. Stage 1 complete!