I am going to paddle across Florida. I am going to start in the Atlantic Ocean, paddle up the St. Mary’s River to the Okefenokee Swamp to the Suwannee River downstream to the Gulf of Mexico.

What I know for a fact:

I am going in May of 2019.

I am not the first person to ever do this.

I will be 65 years old.

I will be writing about the trials and tribulations of my trip on this blog.

I have a lot of planning to do.

I just have a lot of to do’s.


What I don’t know:

The list if soooooo long. There is so much I don’t know. I have so many questions to answer.

How long will it take?

How do I transition from the St. Mary’s River to the Okefenokee and the Okefenokee to the Suwannee River?

Should I use a canoe or a kayak?

How much water do I need to take?

The questions go on and on and on.

I am putting together a “Trip To Do List.” I hope my readers will help me. How would you go about this? I have a tendency to look at things as problems/challenges that I will have to face. What are the challenges? I will write about each and every one during this planning phase. During the trip, I will keep in touch the best I can while I am underway. By the way, that is definitely one of my challenges. How should I stay in touch?

I am a purpose driven guy. I use goals, objectives, and actions/activities to get myself going and make sure that I accomplish what I set out to do. I will post my “Goals” along with the “Objectives” that I will need to meet in order to reach those goals. Then you will see my lists of “Actions/Activities” that I will follow to meet each objective.

I need your help. The first objective that I have is to come up with a really good name for this adventure. “Zane’s Cross Florida Trip” is just too dry and uninspiring. Maybe “Zane’s Epic Cross FL Adventure” would be better. Can you come up with an awesome name for my trip?  I hope you will help and I hope you will follow along and be inspired. Slippery Otters Paddling Club is all about sharing my/our love for the great outdoors, mother nature, adventure, and the environment with others. We want to inspire you to go on your own adventures. I am not a superhero. I am not the world’s strongest man. I am not a competitive athlete. I am just a guy who loves to be outside. I am a guy who loves nature. I compete with myself. I respect the natural world and I learn from it. I am a teacher. Please join me and share your thoughts and ideas.

Goal: To paddle across the State of Florida starting in the Atlantic Ocean at the St. Mary’s River and ending in the Gulf of Mexico.


  1. I need a great name for this trip. I need to something that captures people’s imagination and attention. (due: 29May2018)


  1. (Obj/1) Share my request for help with the name on the blog and with the other Slippery Otters. (due: 15May2018)