A River, A Kayak, 3 Days - Choctawhatchee River, AL
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I'll keep the camera rolling, thanks for watching!
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Thank you for all you share
Glad you enjoy all the info! Thanks for watching and commenting!
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You could set out 3 of them near your camp and check them periodically for catfish. It's not very sportsman's like but sometimes you don't want the sport of it, you want the damn calories!
Love your videos man. They make me want to go play outside.
Have fun out there and stay safe
Man, I just checked those out on Amazon and read probably 50 reviews or more. I think they would be perfect! I imagine other's would think the same thing as well. I'll have to try to get a hold of some of them. They would just be perfect for my style and like you said, just set some of them out near camp... Then just check them periodically....
You're very welcome! Lots of folks don't realize all the time it takes, but it's well worth it because of folks like you who are getting out there.
You might want to subscribe to reallybigmonkey and bushcraftbartons videos. Lots of great camping tips and tricks. I've been camping for years and still learn something new from them every time I watch! LOL
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Just thinking about a kyak and stumbled on your channel. Subbed, good stuff neighbor!
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I'll keep the camera rolling my man! Thanks for watching and commenting.
I like the idea of fishing then cooking the fish on a stick on open fire it cooks well and falls apart when you peal the fish apart and you dont have to cut it bc the fire cooks it and you just peal it back and eat it.
I haven't cooked fish over a fire yet so I'm not sure how I'd like to try it. The stick method sounds simple. I always bring some tin foil so I could just wrap something up and toss it on some coals and be done. Plus my grill I carry would be useful as well.
Yea, S&S has a Facebook page, just search "SailingandSuch" and it should pop right up or there is a link to it at my channel page and also at sailingandsuch.com.
Hope you get the GoPro soon! BUt before you do, just in case you haven't seen my video yea check this one out real quick - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9Gkjl8Pn7Q
I do love your adventures, just like mine!
Yes, exactly. And people wear them proudly.
I am heading in the sticker direction. The people that want to help you will want the stickers, no need to push them, or they won't get used. People watch our stuff because they like it, it's a win/win situation, I don't think of it as taking advantage at all. Lots of people love stickers.
I rolled out the bumper stickers because for one, someone mentioned it so it gave me a foot in the door to bring them out. They are inexpensive and I think they are a good way to judge how my audience will react to merch. I originally thought it was something that I shouldn't do. I don't like "taking advantage" of my audience although I know I'm not.
But I'm really about to start focusing hard and putting much more time into the channel so I feel it's not a obnoxious move or it won't be taken negatively.
Even my Patreon has dropped abut 1/2 in the last 6 months, I guess times are tough. I will do merch when I am a bit bigger.
I guess everyone and every channel is different, but that's what I'm finding with adsense.
It will take 5 years before I see a return on my efforts and investment... 3 down, 2 to go!
I fish with people, but none of them have much of a channel, if any.
Shame we are so far apart for a colab...
I know my fishing videos benefit from the adventure side, and I'm sure it works both ways.
Nothing wrong with shallow flats. My last coastal trip I spent some time in an area like that and I have to say it was probably my favorite spot to hang out, very beautiful.
Whenever you start uploading drop back by and let me know.
Glad you enjoy what I'm doing! I try to be fun, I like to have fun out there so why not include that in my videos right?
What part of Florida? I'm sure it will be a great trip!
Glad you enjoy my videos Tristan, I should be making more and more in the near future. Stick around, it's going to get better from here.
Yea, that can be tough. Fortunately I'm able to get someone to drop me off so I haven't had to deal with that issue yet although I know it is coming since I'm getting done with most of my local rivers.
I'm using the Sit-Inside kayaks now. I go into reasons why in this video Sit-Inside vs On-Top kayaks - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exFz5YsKaBM
I sold the big sailing hobie.... Good boat, just not as well suited for my uses as a sit-inside touring kayak.
Oh yea! I know of those things, they are pretty ultimate. Maybe I'll get to see one in person one day or something. I think it would suit you well.
I've only been as far down the Choc as I went on this trip. I'd like to finish it some day. One thing I have learned about the lower portion is that it can be difficult to find a spot to camp. The banks get swampy..... I read somewhere where someone ended up camping on a dock or floating fish camp. Should be an adventure!
I'd say there are no falls or rapids below Newton which is a pretty good ways up (I passed it on my first day). Also, the current can be pretty slow on the lower parts of the river so consider that when estimating your mileage.
Any questions I'd be happy to help you with them. Definitely let me know how it goes!
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Hope you get to feeling better, take care.
We also only paddle on good weather days. if the weather is calling for better than 50% rain, we cancel. We have bagged a few trips due to rain. We've become fair weather paddlers.
Check out my site and you can see some of the videos I have posted. Yours are more involved but you are younger and i'm too old to spend that much time talking to the camera. I can see you are having a blast. Keep it up and who knows, you may get your own show some day. All the best, Jon Michaels.
I have changed a few things from this video and you can check out my more recent videos and see what has changed. Glad you enjoy them!
I agree about the negative comments. They are always going to be out there so I don't let them bother me to much. Glad you appreciate the video man and one of my goals is to inspire others to do the same thing so that was a success! If you're inspired share it and try to inspire others!
Thanks for watching and commenting! If you haven't be sure to check out my most recent adventures (2 more kayak camping trips since this one and another one in 2-3 weeks!)
Thanks again...you handled the everpresent negitive comments with grace and humility...way to go dude.
The nature of the beast here on Youtube and in public is that you will eventually get criticized for something you are doing. I'm waiting for the comment on my my recent kayaking adventure about how horrible I am for cooking the poor crabs over the fire without freezing them first. When that comes, or any other negative comment for that matter, I really try to handle things as politely and non confrontational as possible.
Thanks for your command and for watching! Be sure to check out my other more recent videos as well as there is a few more pieces of cool gear both bought and homemade on there you may find interest.
Did you rely completely on campfires, or did you also have a gas stove for backup?
I enjoyed the attitude you kept through your up and downs on your trip. I think it's a good thing to keep a good attitude about you when you are having an adventure like this.
Watching your video makes me want to get back on my bicycle and start touring again. thank you.
Well, I wouldn't be to stuck on a certain brand or anything personally. I bought this kayak of craigslist without having ever seen a touring kayak in person that I can recall.... lol I basically knew that I wanted a long (16' or better) sit in kayak with dry storage front and back so that it would be fast to paddle and could hold a good amount of gear.
Then I set my sights out looking for one that fit the $ which was pretty darn low and fit what I wanted. I jumped on the first one that took my low offer and it was a great one.
Bottom line, get whatever you can for a good deal. If you don't like it, sell it for what you paid for it easy.....
looked like a fun trip, cheers for uploading
all the best.
2 weeks time i will be doing a 30mile paddle, camping out and hopefully staying dry!
Thanks for the inspiration, and great video. i can't wait!
Glad you're getting out there and thanks for the great comment. Have fun!
Suggestion: In future: to avoid running aground on sand/gravel bars, try to avoid cutting toward the inside edges of the turns along the rivers/creeks. By staying more toward the "outside" of the bends, and toward the center of the stream, you can avoid many of those hang-ups.
I despise littering....
I realized your suggestion after running aground a few times. I guess I wanted to chance it and cut the corners a little shorter.....
I hope you get to enjoy what our great state has to offer! Thanks for the comment!
Had a good laugh at your misfortunes but relatable misfortunes.... damn honey.
Your gear is simple yet very practical. This is a good way to be. While camping most of the time less is truly more. Remember this and always learn from your mistakes and you will go far. Although a good set of paddling gloves is recommended for cold wet conditions. Warm hands will make the day more enjoyable.
Have fun and paddle on.
Thanks for the comment!
Glad I could make you laugh (even if it is at yourself) and I'm glad you enjoyed my videos! Love hearing that. Comment appreciated!
Picking up a kayak maybe next month myself here in PA very local to the Allegheny. I ride the Allegheny River Trail daily and watch all the kayaks and canoes float down the river. Guy at work wants me to ride the GAP from Pittsburgh to DC but I don't think that would be my thing going multi-nights and 80 mile days riding a bike. I like the idea of the overnight part, just not the 350 miles of cycling (I'm a daily 10-15 mile rider for exercise.) I definitely think I could get into a few overnight campings and drop in the Allegheny at Kinzua and paddle down to Emlenton/Parker where I would pull out at. It would be a blast.
Hope to see more like this, vids like this are really enjoyable to watch. Almost like doing it yourself.
I hope you do get the chance to snag yourself a kayak soon. It really is a great way to get away from things and be a man (or woman). I have some friends who bike like you mentioned and I have to tell you, I have not interest in giving it a try although they really want to go kayaking with me sometime on an overnight.
I plan on making more videos like this one, since it is the type I enjoy making the most. I'm really glad you enjoy it so much and I truly appreciate your reply and you taking the time to give my videos a shot!
Thanks for the comment and for watching!
Glad you found a kayak, a sit-in! I'm not sure why you might be having such a "tippy" time but I will make one suggestion. Sometimes we tend to store stuff on the decks of our kayaks which creates a higher center of gravity making the kayak feel a bit tippy. You may not have been doing that at all but I figure I would mention it. Basically I have learned to pack the heavy stuff low and in the center of the kayak to help with stability.
Thanks for watching and commenting!
A key thing is using a tripod whenever possible. I bought a total of 4 batteries so I would have enough juice for the 3 days. Just today though, a new portable recharging battery came in the mail that should end my battery worries. A few other pieces of gear came in the mail today as well that I'll be including on my kayaking gear video in the next few days.
Thanks for the comment and the Like!
Huntsville has an active club too.
Looks like your building a good channel with some nicely edited videos. Best of luck!
Sure, my camera was a Olympus TG 850 waterproof camera and I used a couple tripods from Walmart. Both were under $10 each, one being a telescopic type and the other had the flexible legs that I could wrap around things or wedge under the bungees on the kayak.
I washed my hair for a couple of reasons 1) it needed washing 2) it was something fun to do! I am a little weird about staying as clean as I can and washing my hair helps. It also made me feel very refreshed that morning.
How is the dam portage? I know it is something I'd like to do and would probably be real fun.
Good to see your back posting , looked like a great time . Did you do any vids on the gear you used for the trip ?
thanks for all the vids
Thanks! I was (and still am) a little worried about the length of the video but I just couldn't cut any more footage out of it. I probably filmed 3-4 hours worth total that I was working with. Thanks for your great comment 1joetify (Joe Diffie fan?)