As everyone knows, St. Joe’s tends to collect plastic bottles like nobody’s business. One November day a few years ago we hatched a plan and set out to do our part. It was our “earth day.”
We kayaked over to St. Joe’s from the south jetty, strolled the beach and dunes, and stuffed as much plastic as possible in our “trash bags”. Once filled we tied ’em up to our kayak and SUP and launched from the north jetty.
Towing the loot back across the ship channel was the real adventure. High winds made excellent sails of the huge, floating bags and carried us a bit off course. Jen managed to wrap her towing rope, big bag and part of her partner’s gear around a piling near the UTMSI docks. The spin maneuver did halt our westward progression, but let’s just say Des and his knife were needed at some point.
Luckily, being strong paddlers, and despite the hooting and laughter, we did manage to arrive on the south side with our recycling cargo intact. James Derkits took our rescue call and sped over to pick us up.
Filming from a fast moving SUP while paddling across the channel was some of the best video I’ve ever taken – that I’ve never seen beyond the viewfinder! I keep hoping it will turn up on a hard drive somewhere in the future.