Shingle Creek Resort
Beth Kelso and Harris Rosen
The kickoff: Harris Rosen speaking
Elementary school students from Tangelo Park join the expedition members to wish them safe journeys
Beth thanks the students for their gifts
The expedition team and students from Tangelo Park
Interpretive sign at the headwaters
Beth lugs her canoe to Shingle Creek
Shingle Creek, headwaters of the Everglades
Beth Kelso preps for the journey
Team members get squared away
Harris Rosen and Jena Brooks of OGT prep their canoe as Beth finishes packing
Beth's ready for adventure!
Launching into beautiful Shingle Creek
Beth steadies her kayak
The group gets together for a group photo
Ready to launch!
Ready to launch! L to R: Harris Rosen, Jena Brooks, Dale Allen, Bob Mindick, Julia Recker, Mike Jones, Beth Kelso, Doug Alderson.
The team says farewell
And off they paddle, with Bob the sweep taking up the rear
Beth shouts a goodbye
Dale Allen bids farewell
The team heads down Shingle Creek to Lake Toho
Executive Director Deborah Stewart-Kent and Trail Manager Michelle Mitchell at the launch point
Closing shots: hikers and kayakers meet in Lake Okeechobee
Beth Kelso and Ian Brown head for Lake O
The hikers head for Lake Okeechobee with the camera crew accompanying
Heading through the grassy shoreline to the lake's receded shoreline
Hikers stop on a not-as-mucky spit of land to await the kayakers
Here come the kayakers!
The hikers and camera crew head for the shore
The kayakers get as close to shore as they can, but shallow waters defeat. The hikers wade out to greet them.
Shooting the final segments for Channel 13 News
Our "hiyaker" team at the ends of their trails
Is this take 2 or 27?
Beth yells "group hug!"
And the mud starts to fly!
Bob Mindick plants the flag on behalf of the Expedition. "I claim these lands..."
Virginia gets down and dirty with a mudball for her fellow hikers
Beth emerges from the muck to help with the Pungo
Photo credit: FTA / Rob Smith, Jr.
Ian Brown gets a photo of the fray. Watch out, FTA photo contest!
Virginia's Lake O mud