Angle to Key West: Six Months (12/11)

Bad Campsite

Across from some factory around mile 163 – December 11, 2012

“Why are we sliding sideways?”

Wally, it’s just a little slant.

“Are we camped on a playground slide? Was there an earthquake after you picked this spot? Are you actively avoiding comfort now?”

There aren’t any sandbars around here, it’s all concrete and channel.

“I miss Memphis.”

What are you like the princess and the pea or something?

“Don’t push me.”

Ok, princess.

“I remember that story. That’s the one where the queen wasn’t sure the princess was real so she made her sleep on a folded concrete mat at a 20 degree angle that gets splashed every time a barge goes by?”

That’s why we got the tarp.

“That explains being wrapped up like a giant taco. I thought it was some sort of performance art.”

I thought you’d be used to this after six-months.

“I thought I’d be in my own comfy bed after six-months. The earth has gone halfway around the sun and you aren’t even get off the Mississippi River.”

But New Orleans is only a two days away. Just look at that big salty over there, we’re so close!


That saltwater freighter, the big one.

“What are you talking about? That giant building across the way?”

That’s not a building.

“Quit messing around. Not a building, like I don’t have eyes. What is it then?”

It’s a ship.

“Wait, what?”

A ship.

“That thing moves!?…on the water?”


“We were paddling next to that thing? Are you out of your mind?”

Why do you think we stopped as soon as the sun went down?

“Did I mention how much I love this concrete mat? Don’t ever leave!”

We’ve got to. New Orleans won’t paddle to us.

“New Orleans sounds French.”

Was once.

“Now it’s American?”

Now it’s New Orleans.

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

I don’t know, it just sounded good in my head. Don’t worry though, you’ll like it.”


Because they call it the Big Easy.

4 thoughts on “Angle to Key West: Six Months (12/11)

  1. Sleeping on 30 degree concrete on a 25 degree night! Tell me again your reason for this journey? Does Wally like French cuisine or are French fries the limit of his culinary daring?

  2. Hey Daniel..I’m Jeff over in Pensacola ..sure would like to meet you when you come thru here , and take you to the Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola will pass within 1/4 mile of it near the pass at Pensacola ..My cell is 850 698 0533 ..I live 20 miles inland on the Escambia River , and have been canoeing  and kayaking for 50 years ….love to take you to lunch or sumthin’…..Jeff Perkins ….


    1. Hi Jeff!

      I would love to meet up with you! I actually reached Pensacola, crossed over to the Fort Pickens area, then got picked up by my family for New Years. I’m heading back out there on Saturday (I think, but that might slide to Sunday). It is a gorgeous place! If you are going to be around there, I’m sure we can meet up somewhere as I’m just going to be paddling east in the Santa Rosa sound and you are welcome to come paddle around with me if you want or we can hang out and eat dinner or something!

      Hope all is well! Daniel

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