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|Shell Creek Boat Ramp at Hathaway Park, Punta Gorda, FL|
|Ilse under way in her Pungo 140|
|The only gator seen on this trip, being watched by a wary Green Heron|
|Big George, but this one resides at Shark Valley, not Shell Creek - photo © George Mindling 2012|
We have a nice paddle, heading upstream for an hour and a half before turning around and casually paddling back to the take-out ramp at Hathaway. Quiet and beautiful, with overhanging trees filled with bromeliads, and the occasional palmetto sticking up in the middle of the creek. Not found on any travel brochures, but still one of our favorite paddles.
A 5 minute video of Shell Creek is on youtube at: