Kayak Trip Reports
In canoe and kayak cultures it's popular to provide other
paddlers with reports of your trips to share the excitement, hilarity or
embarrassment as the case may be. The family that paddles together stays
together (and has less chance of drowning) so the main characters in
these trips are the Semanchuk brothers Philip, John, and Steve and Steve's
For some reason we didn't manage to get our boats wet in 2001, so there's
no trips for that year.
The [map] link beside each title leads to an area map produced by the U.S. federal or state government.
IANAL, but I believe this means that
they're in the public domain and can be reproduced with impunity.
The first impression given was that I had engaged in this rowing enterprise
under the stimulus of a bet...Upon learning that there was neither a bet
nor money in it, a shade of disappointment and incredulity rested upon the
features of the bystanders, and the canoeist was often rated as
a "blockhead" for risking his life without being paid for it. ”
from Voyage of
the Paper Canoe by Nathaniel H. Bishop, published 1878.
Four in the Bay and Mom in the Swamp (March 2004) [map]
Camping on some of Florida's northernmost keys (Elliott Key and Boca Chita Key), plus
a super double extra bonus trip: houseboating with Mom in Flamingo Bay where she was sneezed on by a dolphin.
Sapelo: A Privateer's Diary (October
Arrrr! We shake our pirate booty on Sapelo Island again.
This is Philip's first Sapelo trip report.
One Foot On The Platform (April
Philip and friends camp on platforms near the Roanoke River in
eastern North Carolina.
Paddles and Sand and Wind (December 2002 - January
John's first trip report tells the story of our third trip
to Apalachicola, Florida. Armadillos! Purple crayfish! Antonio Banderas!!!
The Sapelo Six (September 2002) [map]
Another(!) of our trips to Sapleo Island and Blackbeard Island NWR.
20,000 Leagues Under the Subway (September 2002)
A short, happy trip through Stockholm, Sweden.
Pinckney Revisited (July
Liz gives us the lowdown from Pinckney Island in South Carolina.
Paddling The Saints (March
St. George and St. Vincent Island make up for
bad food in the Apalachicola, Florida area. No actual saints paddled.
Merritt with Mom (December 2000) [map]
Steve and Liz take Mom to Merritt Island, Florida for birdwatching with
kayaking in between.
Capers Island (October 2000) [map]
Steve, Liz and John explore Capers Island, South Carolina.
In Search of the Sambar (August 2000) [map]
Steve and Liz get hot and sweaty in the Florida Panhandle.
The Great Florida Scrub Jay Hunt (December/January 1999 - 2000)
New Year's Eve on the water, our review of the '99 Mercury
Villager and so much more.
ACE Basin, SC (November 1999) [map]
Steve and John eat the bait.
Sapelo Island (Fall 1999 and Spring 2002) [map]
Steve and Liz make two exploratory forays with
kayaking Sapelo in mind.
Santee River to McClellanville, South Carolina (September 1999)
Short. Includes camping on Murphy Island.
Thorpe/Glenville Lake, North Carolina (Summer 1999)
A short report from Steve and Liz.
Deveaux Bank and Four Hole Swamp, South Carolina (April 1999)
Sunburn, mud, fake farts and an overloaded Honda.
Cumberland Island, Georgia (January
A weekend at Brickhill Bluffs. Long, lots of pictures. Soggy finish.
Bull's Island in the Cape Romain National
Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina (Summer? 1998) [map]
Includes camping on Caper's Island.