We’re Back!

By Vladimir Brezina

We’re back from our week-long kayak trip, safe and sound—well, except for the usual collection of sunburn blisters and cuts and scrapes and insect bites…

Thank you so much, everybody who wished us a safe and fun trip—it was magical! Johna’s still writing the story and I am processing hundreds of photos. Here are a few to get you started…

Oh, I forgot to mention where we went! Any guesses?

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154 responses to “We’re Back!

  1. From your last photo, you went to Florida? I asked Google :)

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    • Johna Till Johnson

      Google is your friend!! Yep, we sure did… preparation for the Everglades Challenge, which we hope to complete next year…

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  2. Beautiful photos!!! The sea is really one of the most wonderful motive in the world – and Johna, with her nice hat ;) ! I’m looking forward to the other photos, you will show here :) ! Have a nice sunday Anja

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  3. Beautiful. Luvin’ that hat! :-)

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  4. WOW!!! …a wonderful tour, the images are stunning!!!

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  5. Great photos but I don’t know where it is? Definitely somewhere tropical!

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  6. mosquitoes and mangroves and lovely lovely serene waters! i look forward to the stories!

    z

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  7. What a wonderful trip! Photos are beautiful and so is Johna. My husband commented that he admires your fearlessness to get out together and see the world by kayak. Can’t wait to see more! K.

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  8. Wherever it is it looks beautiful. Stunning skies.

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  9. Johna rays of joy! It is not difficult to understand in the beautiful natural surroundings. It is always exciting to follow on your adventure.
    All the best
    Hanna

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  10. Welcome back! I can see that you two enjoyed the trip so much!

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  11. vastlycurious.com

    Punta Rassa is in Fort Myers FLA and the foliage would support this.
    DO TELL! Great pictures!

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  12. beautiful pictures !

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  13. Welcome back! Beautiful photos! Write fast Johna, I’m waiting to read about the trip!

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  14. wow kayaking sound interesting. may be you could visit Kalimantan for sure it has a long beautiful streams. hehe

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  15. Looks like you had a great trip!

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  16. it certainly looks warm … fab photos, what a wonderful week you must have had .. waiting to hear more!

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  17. Looks like you’ve had a nice time (never mind about the blisters etc.)! Lovely pictures too.

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  18. Looks like the Florida Keys to me. Also looks like you had an awesome trip!

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    • Florida, but not the Keys. I’ve never been to the Keys, but it appears that some features appearing in our photos—long sandy beaches?—are not present much in the Keys (see Stephany’s comment below).

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  19. I was going to suggest the Florida Keys, too, but the nice beach photos don’t quite fit. What a wonderful trip and photos!

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  20. You do spark envy with your wonderful trips! I think this is the Sanibel – Captiva, Fort Myers area? Those wonderful mangroves….

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    • Johna Till Johnson

      Yes, and see below….

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      • Oh yup … Sunshine Skyway… we spent some time round St Pete’s some years back. The Everglades will be quite a trip; some interesting swamp creatures .. and with big teeth.

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        • It’s the ones with tiny little biting mouthparts that we worry about more…

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        • Daunting little critters …. guess you’re going to get creative with mosquito netting. Good range of repellent clothing? What a fascinating water ecosystem to explore, the birdlife must a treasure down there.

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        • Fortunately the mosquitoes weren’t as bad as we feared. I am sure they will be much worse down in the Everglades proper… we’ll experience that next time! ;-)

          Yes, Florida birds are amazing. We saw the usual assortment on this trip. I didn’t take too many pictures of them this time because I didn’t have my good (but non-waterproof) camera with me, but a few photos from previous trips down to Florida are here and here and here.

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  21. Beautiful shots, Vlad. I see a bit of the Sunshine Skyway so you were in Tampa Bay. We are there now. Come back down and we can go paddling.

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  22. Wonderful, I love to see the photos of you peeping out of your tent. What great views to wake up to, and Joannas hat is magnificent :-)

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  23. I am thinking Florida but not The Keys.

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous pix and well-deserved after the nasty fall and winter !

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  25. Oh, I can’t wait to hear about it! My kids are wanting to do a kayak-camping trip. The lakes by use do not allow camping. I would love to take them somewhere to do this! It looks like you guys had a blast. Terrific pictures!

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    • It’s great fun! But depending on the kids’ ages—no doubt you already know this very well—you might have to be quite modest in your ambitions on such a trip. Trips like ours do involve pretty long paddling days and constant (mostly minor) discomforts that we just have to put up with…

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  26. Welcome back and great pictures! I look forward to hearing and seeing more from the adventure!

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  27. White sand, clear water, mangroves – looks like Florida to me. Did you rent kayaks or take yours down with you? Beautiful images, can’t wait to see more photos!

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  28. Makes me yearn for the family canoe-camping trip we have planned this summer — perhaps by then the snow will be gone for us! Great photos!

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  29. Mangroves, oranges, pelicans and cormorants…and plenty of sun cover-ups! Looks like it was a fantastic trip to sunny Florida. Love the happy camper photo!

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  30. What a gorgeous series of photos. Looks like a wonderful trip. It has been thirty-five years since I have been there, but the bridge shots, that sand, those waters, the vegetation all remind me of the Florida Keys. Welcome home, and thanks for sharing.

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  31. Great pics making me feel super envious ^_^

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  32. Richard Weinberg

    A reverse lookup on the telephone number on the parasail just shows you can have too good of a camera. I vote for Fort Myers, FL

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  33. I find these trips you make very exciting.

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  34. cool trip – nice photo’s thanks for posting!

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  35. Florida? Haha. I cheated. Siesta Key Marina + google = a right answer, hopefully. ;-)
    These are amazing!

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  36. Lovely pictures.. looks like a great adventure! And yes, photos do look like it’s Florida.

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  37. Lovely photo’s. Looks like allot of fun… Just one question where do you put all your luggage???? I would not even attempt to guess where you were I’m from South Africa and have no idea… Thank you for sharing your travels and photo’s.

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    • In photo 2, you can see all our luggage, more or less, piled up on the cart. (Even though we need to be self-sufficient most of the time, we are not above using a cart when one does offer itself! :-) ) And all that luggage went into the kayaks by the time we launched in photo 3…

      Kayak camping is very different from backpacking in that respect—-kayaks have so much more volume to bring stuff. Indeed, the amount of stuff that one is tempted to bring along can easily get out of hand…

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      • I saw all the luggage that is why I asked. Must be fun though…. Maybe one day I’ll have the privilege to go on a trip like that… Thank you for coming back to me. Looking forward to some more photo’s and blogs about your trip.

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  38. Beautiful photos! Makes me want to head south!!!

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  39. Welcome back! Those terrific pictures tell me you had a wonderful time. Where?

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  40. What a trip!!! Can’t wait to see more photos and read about the details.

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  41. Great photos! Cute hat!! Fort Myers — right? (Punta Rassa is there….)

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  42. Wow! Warm and wonderful adventure. I enjoyed your new photos and look forward to more to come.

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  43. Punta Rassa on the boat ramp sign, Mr. Google — an unbeatable combo.
    But I was gearing up to suggest something like the Everglades. Well, this is something like the Everglades, and you’re going to compete there!
    Beautiful photos for openers, can’t wait for the complete words+images.
    Welcome back!

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  44. BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS! Looks like everyone had fun.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  45. GREAT shots … !!!! The everglades is such a wonderful example of nature. I’ve been there many time. It’s just a quick 2 hours from where I live. I am not a fan of the nosee-um bugs. Pesky lil creaturs. It looks like you had a wonderful time.

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  46. Ein kleines Paradies ♥

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  47. Looks lovely, but I am guessing lots of mosquitoes.

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    • We were dreading horrendous mosquitoes, but they didn’t really materialize. One or two of our campsites had significant bugs, but nothing really bad. Of course, we didn’t make it down to the Everglades proper…

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  48. Hurray!!! So glad you guys had a fantastic trip. Looks like the weather cooperated. GORGEOUS photos! Johnna, hurry up with that story—can’t wait for the details. BTW, you look totally adorable in mosquito netting! Love the hat :)

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