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We're going out today on the Hillsborough River. Will report any otter attacks.

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Godspeed.
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That sucks.
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That sucks.
Yeppers.
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O Really wrote:
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That sucks.
Yeppers.
Opps, I thought I posted right after billy.pilgrim's 'gator ate dog' post, didn't notice that a new page had started.
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Beeyootiful day, no angry otters. Numerous gators, lots of birds including cranes, hawks, great blue herons, and roseate spoonbills. I'd solidly recommend anybody coming around Tampa to take this river trip. Hillsborough River is old, winds around, but goes through a lot of nothing but swamp. No traffic noise for most of it, low river traffic. Go up 301 out of Tampa (Fowler Ave) to just past Thononasassa. Outfitters (Canoe Escape) will be on the left at Sergeant Park. http://www.canoeescape.com/

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Vrede,

You think 4.5 hours is enough time to explore Cumberland Island? Gonna spend some time up there next week.

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Vrede,

You think 4.5 hours is enough time to explore Cumberland Island? Gonna spend some time up there next week.

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It's a loooong island and you're limited by the ferry schedule. You can spend as much or as little time as you want. We began by walking all through the formerly developed, historical southern tip, which I thought was interesting. Then, we went miles up the eastern beach until tired (or it was time for the last ferry) and walked back through the central island scrub. The question is whether you think 4.5 hours is worth the effort in getting there. The beaches are covered with horseshoe crab shells. If you think they're as cool as I do take along a tote bag for carrying one home.
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Beeyootiful day, no angry otters. Numerous gators, lots of birds including cranes, hawks, great blue herons, and roseate spoonbills. I'd solidly recommend anybody coming around Tampa to take this river trip. Hillsborough River is old, winds around, but goes through a lot of nothing but swamp. No traffic noise for most of it, low river traffic. Go up 301 out of Tampa (Fowler Ave) to just past Thononasassa. Outfitters (Canoe Escape) will be on the left at Sergeant Park. http://www.canoeescape.com/

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have you ever been on the Withlacoochee? We canoed between hwy 476 and hwy 44. The 476 to hwy 48 is a good day trip.

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have you ever been on the Withlacoochee? We canoed between hwy 476 and hwy 44. The 476 to hwy 48 is a good day trip.
Only the part south of Dunellon.

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Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:52 am
Vrede,

You think 4.5 hours is enough time to explore Cumberland Island? Gonna spend some time up there next week.

Gracias,

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It's a loooong island and you're limited by the ferry schedule. You can spend as much or as little time as you want. We began by walking all through the formerly developed, historical southern tip, which I thought was interesting. Then, we went miles up the eastern beach until tired (or it was time for the last ferry) and walked back through the central island scrub. The question is whether you think 4.5 hours is worth the effort in getting there. The beaches are covered with horseshoe crab shells. If you think they're as cool as I do take along a tote bag for carrying one home.
Good deal. Might as well spend the day there if I'm paying 30 bucks for a ferry. Maybe I'll pack my hammock and chill out somewhere if I get lazy and wanna kill some time.

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This sounds like a JTA story - kayaking/fishing the St. Johns, with overnights.
https://www.canoekayak.com/kayakfish/ka ... ry-part-1/

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I upgraded my backpack to a Osprey Atmos 65L, got to test it out over the weekend on a camping trip to my super secret camping spot in Pisgah Forest. Man what a difference! It barely feels like you have anything on your back. Well worth the money, plus they come with a lifetime warranty.
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Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:25 am
I upgraded my backpack to a Osprey Atmos 65L, got to test it out over the weekend on a camping trip to my super secret camping spot in Pisgah Forest. Man what a difference! It barely feels like you have anything on your back. Well worth the money, plus they come with a lifetime warranty.
I've still got an external frame Kelty with a lifetime warranty that I bought in 1976. I've sent it back for repairs several times - hitchhiking beats up packs more than backpacking does. I'm not quite sure how much of the original pack is still there.
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JTA wrote:
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I upgraded my backpack to a Osprey Atmos 65L, got to test it out over the weekend on a camping trip to my super secret camping spot in Pisgah Forest. Man what a difference! It barely feels like you have anything on your back. Well worth the money, plus they come with a lifetime warranty.
I've still got an external frame Kelty with a lifetime warranty that I bought in 1976. I've sent it back for repairs several times - hitchhiking beats up packs more than backpacking does. I'm not quite sure how much of the original pack is still there.
I had an internal frame kelty before buying this osprey. It's a real good pack, and I could fit everything I needed in it (50 L capacity), but wanted something with a tad bit more space. The Osprey pack has a pretty good design IMO. The feature I like most about it is the front stretchy-mesh compartment which gives you an easy spot to shove random stuff into.

Kelty is a pretty good brand. I've got a Kelty two man tent that's still going strong. It's not "ultra-light" but only comes to about 4 pounds or so. It's free-standing and doesn't require any lines to make it stand which is a plus IMO.
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I had an internal frame kelty before buying this osprey. It's a real good pack, and I could fit everything I needed in it (50 L capacity), but wanted something with a tad bit more space. The Osprey pack has a pretty good design IMO. The feature I like most about it is the front stretchy-mesh compartment which gives you an easy spot to shove random stuff into.

Kelty is a pretty good brand. I've got a Kelty two man tent that's still going strong. It's not "ultra-light" but only comes to about 4 pounds or so. It's free-standing and doesn't require any lines to make it stand which is a plus IMO.
I've tried buying Kelty since just to show my appreciation. It's never worked out that they had what I wanted where and when I wanted it.
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I had an internal frame kelty before buying this osprey. It's a real good pack, and I could fit everything I needed in it (50 L capacity), but wanted something with a tad bit more space. The Osprey pack has a pretty good design IMO. The feature I like most about it is the front stretchy-mesh compartment which gives you an easy spot to shove random stuff into.

Kelty is a pretty good brand. I've got a Kelty two man tent that's still going strong. It's not "ultra-light" but only comes to about 4 pounds or so. It's free-standing and doesn't require any lines to make it stand which is a plus IMO.
I've tried buying Kelty since just to show my appreciation. It's never worked out that they had what I wanted where and when I wanted it.
What kind of tent do you use?
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What kind of tent do you use?
I have 3:
A winter-capable 2-3 person Sierra Designs.
A cheapo 2-3 person one I bought in Europe that I use for car camping. It's been surprisingly durable. It says "Sierra Trail 3", but I can't find that online. It's not Sierra Designs.
A Texsport tent that was in a free box at the post office. I haven't set it up yet to see if it's all there and in decent shape. It may be for 4 or more people.
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Top NC camping places (real camping) https://www.theoutbound.com/chaco-footw ... -campsites

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JTA wrote:
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:50 am
What kind of tent do you use?
I have 3:
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A Texsport tent that was in a free box at the post office. I haven't set it up yet to see if it's all there and in decent shape. It may be for 4 or more people.
Yep, 4 people, maybe 5. Excellent shape, except was missing a pole that I just happened to have a perfect replacement for from an old tent - not close, perfect. Some SeamSeal and it'll be good to go. :thumbup:

Why does it have an offset, curved, 2 foot or so zipper in the floor? Emergency bear escape? Indoor shitter?
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