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Kayak Adventure to Mound Key

Kayaking/Canoeing
DATE: Jan 13, 2018 Saturday
END DATE: Jan 13, 2018 Saturday

Trip/Event Location: Estero Florida FL

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shredmann61
Venice, FL United States

Meeting Time: 6:45 AM

Max # People: 15

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: Yes, but only to cover shared expenses, and I too am paying

Difficulty Level:

Moderate to Strenuous

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Region: South Atlantic

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Summary

This will be a moderate to strenous trip, it will consist of paddling just over 13 miles, and a hour walking around, adventuring and discovering the Island. We will be leaving Vitambi Springst no later than 7am and depart Estero River Outfitters at approxomitely 830am. You will need to bring all neccesary supplies for the day, snacks, lunch a couple gallons of water. We will return to Vitambi Springs by 6 pm for dinner. Due to the duration of this trip, I ask to have prior paddling experience, you must be able a 15 mile trip, this trip is not suited for first time kayakers. Furthermore I am requiring that all participants have over a 14 foot kayak, as shorter recreational kayaks are not suited for longer paddle.

Estero River Outfitters, offers excellent kayaks for this trip at very reasonable prices, you may rent a 16 foot sit on top Wilderness Tarpon kayak for $32.50 for the day. If you have experience and wish to paddle a high preformance touring kayak you may do so for under $50.00 for the day. Upgraded paddles are also Available for a $5.00 additional charge.

If tou wish to reserve a kayak call Estero River Outfitters from Wednesdays thru Saturdays from 9am -6pm at (239) 992-4050, choose the sales or associate opion on the greeting and ask speak with Ron who will be leading this trip.

This will be a moderate to strenous trip, it will consist of paddling just over 13 miles, and a hour walking around, adventuring and discovering the Island. We will be leaving Vitambi Springst no later than 7am and depart Estero River Outfitters at approxomitely 830am. You will need to bring all neccesary supplies for the day, snacks, lunch a couple gallons of water. We will return to Vitambi Springs by 6 pm for dinner. Due adventures. to the duration of this trip, I ask to have prior paddling experience, you must be able a 15 mile trip, this trip is not suited for first time kayakers. Furthermore I am requiring that all participants have over a 14 foot kayak, as shorter recreational kayaks are not suited for longer paddle.

Estero River Outfitters, offers excellent kayaks for this trip at very reasonable prices, you may rent a 16 foot sit on top Wilderness Tarpon kayak for $32.50 for the day. If you have experience and wish to paddle a high preformance touring kayak you may do so for under $50.00 for the day. Upgraded paddles are also Available for a $5.00 additional charge.

If tou wish to reserve a kayak call Estero River Outfitters from Wednesdays thru Saturdays from 9am -6pm at (239) 992-4050, choose the sales or associate opion on the greeting and ask to speak with Ron who will be taking reservations and leading this trip, If Ron is available please leave a message and number for Ron to turn your call.

The Following is a short introduction to Mound Key.

Mound Key Archaeological State Park is a Florida State Park, located in Estero Bay, near the mouth of the Estero River. One hundred and thirteen of the island's one hundred and twenty-five acres are managed by the park system. It is a complex of mounds and accumulated shell, fish bone, and pottery middens that rises more than 30 feet above the waters of the bay.

Mound Key was an important site of the Calusa tribe, and most experts believe it to be the site of their capital, Calos. The Mound Key Site on the island was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Mound Key was created over 2,000 years ago by the Calusa. The Calusa culture is carbon-datedback to 1150 B.C. at Mound Key. The site likely began as a low-lying oyster bar on Estero Bay. The site would have been rich in marine food resources, and very appealing to the Calusa, who were actually hunter-gatherers. As the human population grew, food waste was heaped into the middens that form the island. The Calusa formed an extensive structure of mounds, water courts and canals whose features still exist today. Mounds were constructed by the collection and organization of “midden” which is a collaboration of shells, fish and animal bone, and artifacts such as pottery. Islands that were created by the Calusa, such as Mound Key are sometimes called “trash-heaps” as their composition is made from waste products of their culture. They are not however, just “heaps of Calusa garbage” simply tossed aside, but intricate compositions of substrate that were used for a display of power, religious monuments, and as burial memorials.It served for many years as the ceremonial center for their kingdom, which extended over numerous shell midden islands they made up and down the southwest coast of Florida. It is also believed by most researchers to have been the site of Calos, the capital of their kingdom. Their kingdom spanned from Tampa Bay southward to the Ten Thousand Islands and eastward to Lake Okeechobee.

The arrival of the Spanish was the beginning of the end for the Calusa. In 1566, the appointment of Spain's first Governor of Florida happened on the island. This was closely followed by the establishment there of a fort and settlement, in an effort to colonize the area. A Jesuit mission was also founded there at the same time by Juan Rogel, a priest of that order. Called San Antonio de Carlos, it was the first such mission in the Spanish New World. There was frequent conflict with the Calusa, though, and eventually the island was abandoned by the Spanish in 1569.

The Spanish brought with them diseases to which the Calusa had no immunity. These diseases and warfare with the Spanish eventually ended the Calusa civilization around 1750.

In subsequent years, the island was used and sometimes inhabited by pirates, fishermen (CubanPortuguese and Spanish), and American pioneers, among others.

Frank Johnson and his wife, Grandma Johnson, were given a homestead on Mound Key in 1891. This marked a period of European immigration to the former Calusa capital.

Grandma Johnson remained at Mound Key and allowed several families — Luettich, Hawkins, Hanson and Fernandez — to build homes on the island.

She taught them to fish, to farm, how to build houses that would stay cool in the summer and protect them against Florida’s abusive sun and summer storms. By the turn of the 20th century, most all Mound Key settlers had moved up river to Estero, then a citrus and cow farming town. The Johnsons sold the island to the Koreshans, a utopian cult, in 1905.

In 1894, the followers of a scientific/religious belief system known as Koreshanity arrived in the area. They built a community based on their utopianideas, growing over the next two decades. During this time, part of the property they acquired included most of the parcels on Mound Key.

After the death of their leader, Cyrus Teed, in 1908, their numbers declined. In 1961, the remaining Koreshans decided to give over ownership of the key, as well as other land in nearby Estero, to the state. It was used to form the park, which is administered by the Koreshan State Historic Site

 

 

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Estero River Outfitters is the Kayak Starting spot at 815 am.

20991 S Tamiami Trail, Estero, FL 33928

Trip Leader

shredmann61

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Venice, FL


United States

members signed up for this event

JPHiker

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Lake Worth, FL


United States
Deltons465

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Sarasota, FL


United States
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