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    • James Harvey
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      Hey guys,

      I was expecting I’d get to do a neat write up on my latest little kayak expedition. It was a 4 day trip, myself and one other guide taking 10 unskilled paddlers out. The plan was to stop on day 2 at this island with a big goat population and shoot a couple for that night’s campfire (a 2 piece shrew classic hunter fits nicely in the nose of an exped kayak).

      Alas on the morning of day 2 when I pulled out the sat phone to check in with base, we got the wonderful news that we weren’t allowed to stay where we planned to that night, courtesy of a typical HQ snafu. So instead we got a 10km detour added to that days planned 20km paddle, which was… unpleasant 😉

      In the 3 full days of paddling we still managed to cover about 100km and stay at some wonderful, remote beaches…

    • Doc Nock
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      Beautiful pics, but YIKES! That far to paddle for “unskilled paddlers”… oh, my…

      Doesn’t look like the calmest waters from the paddling picture, but the evening shots look tranquil.

      Good thing you all be tough! 😯

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      I’d hardly call that a “fail” – it looks like a great trip! In fact, it seems like a great location for TBM Rendezvous 2016…

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      great pics! looks like a fun trip, even if you didn’t have a chance to take the Shrew out of the kayak!

    • Doc Nock
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      That’s IT! Bruce! You’re outa the will…pushing for a furign rendevouz for TB…geeze… here I be stuck in a new state, hunkered down on SS and you come up with dat!!

      🙂

      Sho nuff is purdy country, but you ain’t gittin me in one of dem tupper ware boats no how!:shock:

    • David Petersen
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      Great pics, Jim. Looks like a lovely trip even if you didn’t get to eat goat. But hey, I thought “fail” was an internet term restricted to barely-clad young women doing stupid stuff on cam after too many beers on a hot day? This seems much more a classic is SNAFU, to use the standard military acronym.

    • paleoman
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      Those pics are great eye candy. We are currently snowbound here. I’m envious! Thanks for posting.

    • Doc Nock
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      Now, DAVID…what the heck do you know about scantily clad young women and BEER, anyway? I thought you were an old duffer like me? Oh, thats right, you live in Colo-fornia, where all things are possible…and legal, huh?

      :lol:8):oops:

      8):lol:

    • James Harvey
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      It was a great little trip, with some nice campfires on the sand after a hard days paddling. I’m glad the pics turned out ok, never can tell with my little point and shoot camera, especially covered in water in a rocking kayak!

      Doc Nock wrote: Beautiful pics, but YIKES! That far to paddle for “unskilled paddlers”… oh, my…

      It’s ok Doc, they were all my infantry brethren, tough as nails every one of them 😉

      Bruce, Smith of Hammers wrote: it looks like a great trip! In fact, it seems like a great location for TBM Rendezvous 2016

      I would take any of you fellas out any day of the week. Although it’d probably be a better fishing trip than hunting trip 😀

      David Petersen wrote: But hey, I thought “fail” was an internet term restricted to barely-clad young women doesn’t stupid stuff on cam after too many beers on a hot day?

      Pretty much every morning I’d hear someone exclaim “Jim, do you have to get out of your tent before you put your pants on?”. The answer was obviously ‘yes I do’. If you can’t stand naked on a remote beach and enjoy the ocean breeze, well what’s the point of living? But I’m sure if someone had taken a photo it would’ve been a ‘fail’ in the worst internet sense of the word 😉

    • Doc Nock
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      NOw THAT (and all the responses to all the quoted bits) is WaAAAY too funny.

      Something like a forced march sitting in a tupperware boat, eh? Nothing you lean, mean infantry types couldn’t handle!

      Remind me never to tick you or your boys off, eh… or bring wimmins along camping on a remote beach with you!:shock:

    • Stephen Graf
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      Smithhammer wrote: I’d hardly call that a “fail” – it looks like a great trip! In fact, it seems like a great location for TBM Rendezvous 2016…

      First a 5 hour drive in PA, then a cold shot at 30 below, and now a trip down under… Sounds like someone has an early case of cabin fever.

      If you want to get over it, come on down here and help me butcher chickens this weekend 😯

      Jim – beautiful pictures! I admire your iron confidence in getting that goat if you had the chance.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Steve Graf wrote:

      First a 5 hour drive in PA, then a cold shot at 30 below, and now a trip down under… Sounds like someone has an early case of cabin fever.

      Is it that obvious? I’m already dreaming of the AZ javi hunt, and that’s still two months away. Yeah, I got it bad… 8)

    • Doc Nock
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      Steve Graf wrote:

      If you want to get over it, come on down here and help me butcher chickens this weekend 😯

      Where in NC??? How far from Greeneville, TN? LOL

      And by butcher, you mean scald, pluck and dress or just kill?

    • RalphRalph
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      Hey Bruce, George Straight has some ocean front property in Arizona that he’d be glad sell to you.

      One might could dock some kayaks on it you reckon? 😀

      Jim, that’d be a long haul uh:?

    • James Harvey
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      R2 wrote: Jim, that’d be a long haul uh:?

      It’s a long haul for guys who haven’t paddled before 😀 I always tell guys your rate of movement in a kayak is about the same as pack marching and you can expect to cover about the same distance per day. The most I’ve done in a day was just short of 60km, but 30km a day for 3 days was hard work too!

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      R2 wrote: Hey Bruce, George Straight has some ocean front property in Arizona that he’d be glad sell to you.

      Uh…what ocean would that be on, Ralph? 8)

    • RalphRalph
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      Sea, uh see?:D

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Completely forgot about that song…

    • Don Thomas
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      Jim–Having spent a lot of time along Australia’s magnificent coastline, I’m really curious as to where this trip took place. (The map on the Kayak isn’t much help.) Not asking you to reveal any secret spots, but maybe the approximate general area? Don

    • James Harvey
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      Don,

      The paddle was through the Palm Island Group, just north of Townsville in QLD. If you do a google maps search for “palm island qld australia” it should put you right on it. We basically paddled north from Townsville’s northern beaches to Palm, then n/w through the chain before cutting n/w to Lucinda, which is on the mainland just south of Hinchinbrook.

      The first photo was from one of the bays on the south side of Palm Island, the last two were from bays on the west side of Orpheus Island. Orpheus was genuinely spectacular, with pretty vibrant coral reefs and absolutely teeming with life.

      To be honest there are nicer, more accessible islands I’ve paddled around up here, but one of my regular family hikes takes me up a hill just north of town from which I have always been able to make out the shadowy outline of Palm, so it was a great adventure for me to get over there.

    • Stephen Graf
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      Doc Nock wrote: [quote=Steve Graf]

      If you want to get over it, come on down here and help me butcher chickens this weekend 😯

      Where in NC??? How far from Greeneville, TN? LOL

      And by butcher, you mean scald, pluck and dress or just kill?

      Oh yes, the whole thing. change ’em from noisy rooster to tasty roaster 😀

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Steve Graf wrote:

      If you want to get over it, come on down here and help me butcher chickens this weekend 😯

      Appreciate the invite, but I’ve already cleaned enough birds this season! Though none of them were chickens…:wink:

    • Don Thomas
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      Jim–I’ve actually spent a lot of time in Townsville and have seem great makes there. I never got to where you were, but I did some flyfishing for barra closer to shore. As I said when I returned from my first visit, if I were 20 years younger my next ticket would be one-way! Don

    • Doc Nock
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      Um…when it comes to cleaning chickens and such, there IS a reason they call them FOWL … Gak!

      Good luck!

    • Ben M.
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      Look, I mean, I don’t want to be the guy responsible for the myth of the “Lost Aussie of the Atlantic” but this seems like something you oughta know about. Just don’t tell your wife you heard it from me.

      Aleksander Doba

    • James Harvey
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      Ben, I see your 68 year old Pole paddling 6700 miles across the Atlantic and raise you one 62 year old Russian priest paddling 10400 miles across the Pacific.

      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/05/31/russian-rower-conquers-pacific-ocean-crossing

      This crazy priest has been to both poles and climbed Everest, amongst other things.

      What is it with these adventurous old east Europeans?

    • Doc Nock
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      I know your question was rhetorical, Jim, but do you think that coming from lands where Freedom wasn’t always guaranteed, might make adventure more of a personal quest?

      Amazing—both men…and at their individual ages…good genes, me thinks!

    • Col MikeCol Mike
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      Jim

      Our Nautiraid double is ready. With your power up front and my brains in the back seat-and I’m only 67–how about around Cape Horn. And just to keep us on thread we can take our two piece elkhearts for some bow fishing:lol:

    • Ben M.
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      Wow, a couple of tough old goats for sure!

    • James Harvey
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      colmike wrote: Jim

      Our Nautiraid double is ready. With your power up front and my brains in the back seat-and I’m only 67–how about around Cape Horn. And just to keep us on thread we can take our two piece elkhearts for some bow fishing:lol:

      Mike, I’d be on board in a second! If only I hadn’t just committed the next 2 years of my life away to 6 day working weeks haha 😕

    • James Harvey
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      donthomas wrote: Jim–I’ve actually spent a lot of time in Townsville and have seem great makes there. I never got to where you were, but I did some flyfishing for barra closer to shore. As I said when I returned from my first visit, if I were 20 years younger my next ticket would be one-way! Don

      Don, one of your books came up in a conversation with another bowhunter I met here last year and he had a photo of you at my local club from about 10-15 years ago I think, doing a book signing. It is a small world.

    • James Harvey
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      So last year I paddled around a different island up here, Hinchinbrook, which was spectacular (amongst all the natural wonders there is an American B24 that crash landed on one of the peaks in ’42 and a 5 star eco resort that was abandoned about 3 years ago.. its like Jurassic Park, sans dinosaurs). Anyway, I’ve complained I didn’t see any crocs. This story came up today about a couple of fly fishermen that got followed around by a big bull croc. If I ran into that fella in my kayak, I’m not sure I’d be around to complain about it…

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-03/large-crocodile-near-cardwell-scares-two-queensland-fly-fishers/5937016

    • RalphRalph
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      Jim, that looks like a place not to be kayaking. He looks like he might take you and your little boat in one gulp. Croc version of “Big Gulp”:roll:

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