Paddling the Mangrove Trails
There is a kayak trail through the mangroves near the area I usually go paddleboarding, but the water is generally very low, resulting in a muddy stinky mess more than a path. This weekend, however, the tide was really high and the path looked navigable so we tried it out.
I’ve been around Florida water enough to know that mangroves can have some fairly nasty creatures in them. Crabs and spiders come to mind – always try and duck under branches, don’t let them touch your hair! Not to sound too crazy girly, but seriously. Don’t.
Anyways, I kept an eye out and saw nothing. We went down the path and though it got narrow enough that there was no turning around on a paddleboard it was really cool. For those of you who haven’t tried paddleboarding yet take my word for it when I say that trying to paddle when the board’s fin is in front is not an easy task, you really want to turn the board around to go back the way you came. The board knows you are doing it wrong and constantly tries to turn itself around.
Anyways, the mangrove trail was beautiful and kind of mysterious and very cool.
It is just as cool as you might think to paddle down a trail covered over by the trees, nice and shady and peaceful. Paddle may be a strong word actually, because the trail got so narrow I kind if had to just push off branches to keep moving forward. Fun, right? Oh hell ya, till I saw this.
You know what’s a funny thing (not haha funny though)? Once you see one you see they are everywhere. Kind of like when you buy a yellow car because no one else has one and then you see them at every red light. But you can’t really connect with a crab like you can with a fellow driver. Trust me. Or not, whatever.
So then I decided that I had paddled far enough down this path, and should go back to a bit more open water. You know, the kind with sharks but no crabs.
Which is when I realized just how narrow the path actually was. Even when we found a place wide enough to turn around that meant going forward and back until you bumped the roots and made all the little creatures run about 8 times. Good times.
I took the picture below of 1 crab. Got home and there where how many?
Anyways, soon after we got back out on the bay we saw another tunnel to add to the list of things to check out, but breakfast was calling so that’ll be another trip.
Am I the only one totally creeped out by things that I know damn well can’t do a thing to me even if it did fall right on me? Heaven forbid I ever look up and see a snake in the trees…
Very interesting post! I never thought about paddle boarding before. It looks like a lot of fun!