Exploring Little Basin In Islamorada

Things have been really quiet around here lately. The season is officially over! With a lot more spare time on my hands, and a few days of a little cooler weather, me and Sparky have been busy breaking the new touring board in.

Exploring Little Basin In Islamorada

A couple days ago we did a another paddle through Little Basin. It was later in the day, and much cooler than when I took Sparky through there on the kayak earlier back in the summer.

There was a pretty good head wind on the way out, which made for a little bit of a challenging paddle, considering I haven’t been on a board much all summer. We made it to the other side of Little Basin without too much effort, though, and finally found the mystery tunnel I mentioned in that earlier post.

Finding The Tunnel

If you stay close to the mainland, you’ll see a few private marks on the southwest side. The tunnel is maybe just about 50′ to the north of them. It was actually a little hard to spot at first. The tide has been so high lately, since the recent full moon and eclipse, that the opening wasn’t very high.

There was actually a much larger opening to the north of the tunnel, that I could easily see from half way across the basin, but that turned out to be a dead end. With the low ceiling in the tunnel, we had to do a lot of ducking and pulling along the mangroves to get through.

The Home Stretch

The other end of this tunnel opens up into a small cove in the mangroves, off of Yellow Shark Channel, not far from Bird Island. A little further ahead, there’s another small cut that you can go through, but we decided to turn around and start the downwinder back home.

We paddled through Doobie Creek, which was actually my first time going through there an anything other than a jetski. Then we crossed Little Basin, barely even paddling at all, and returned through Library cut.

This time I didn’t have any trouble with the camera on my phone, like I did last time. When I stop paddling, Sparky usually starts running back and forth. He’s not the easiest model to work with, so I have a GoPro clone on the way, that should make shooting future paddles…and crazy little furry guys, much easier.

6 Responses to Exploring Little Basin In Islamorada

  1. Thanks for sharing a bit of your paddle via video! Cool to hear The Beatles in the background near the end there along with some of the sounds of the water.

    Sparky is one lucky dog! Looks like Sparky is at home out on the water as he joines you for a nice little journey.

    • Thanks Marcel! Good ears. I didn’t even notice it was The Beatles, until you pointed it out…actually I can still barely recognize what it is. It was coming from inside that last boat we were passing. He loves being out on the paddleboard. Now that we finally have one on the boat again we’ll be getting out there much more often.

  2. Awesome you share this with us through video. Very helpful tool in my opinion. It is way more engaging then just text. A good reminder for me actually.

    Love you dog by the way. Looks like he loves the water and to travel with his boss. Great friend to have.

    • For stuff like this videos and photos are a must. In fact, even though Google may not like it, I’m thinking about doing more posts with very minimal copy. Just a bunch of photos and some video, with a short intro, and most of the copy just being the captions for the images. People are much more interested in visuals than in reading these days.

  3. Aye aye captain. It’s great knowing someone who has a huge interest in such hobby.

    I must say, there are lots of benefits of having such hobby like you have. For instance, exploration and relieving stress.

    By the way, nice dog name. May I know how you get that name? It sounds like a character from a movie?

    • It has been proven that the sun and ocean reduce stress, or as the quote goes…”The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”

      The rescue named him Sparky. He was already 1-1/2, and it fit him so well, so I didn’t want to change.

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