Mel McC.

Mel McC.

Florida back waters amd coastal regions

Mel McC.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling

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Mel McC.

Mel McC. wrote a review of on October 27, 2010

Perfect Kayak
5 5

I am 5'4" 130lb, and this boat fits well and is very comfortable. Purchased this kayak in June to keep up with my husbands 17' Necky Looksha Outrigger. We use them several times a week on the Peace River in SW Florida for exorcise and recreation. We usually paddle 6-10 miles a trip. I can cruz my Eliza between 4 and 4.5 mph (my husband always has me carry a gps) with an all day cadence. The rudder is easily deployed and makes the boat turn on a dime. We took it on a 5 day camp trip which included a half dozen rock gardens a day, it handled beautifully. Easy to correct and change course when working through rapids. My husband packed all the gear. Hatches are a decent size but you may want to try your pack plan a few days before the trip in case something can't fit. The hatches work well to keep the river out. We have been in open water in the Gulf with 12knt winds and a 3-4 ft surf and it was surprising how well the Eliza did. I was amazed how fun my Eliza was in surf.

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Mel McC. wrote a review of on October 25, 2010

5 5

My wife and I ate this meal the first night of a 5 day kayak/camping trip. It was the first time we had the Chili Mac meal but it won't be the last. We had it with one of those small lunch roll packs of Ritz crackers and some sharp cheddar cheese we wrapped in vinegar soaked cheese cloth to keep it fresh when out of the fridge. I used boiling water, 15 ounces instead of 16 (don't like runny food), thoroughly stirred the contents, then allowed it to cool while I worked around the camp. It was perfect. Very filling, I can't imagine still being hungry after eating this meal.

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Mel McC. wrote a review of on October 4, 2010

5 5

Purchased the North Face Rock 32, 4 months ago to use during kayak trips in Southern Georgia and Florida. I required a high quality tent that 1. could stand up to the sideways rain of the Florida rainy season, and 2. allowed me an unobstructed view of my surroundings while providing an insect barrier when the rain-fly is removed (like to keep an eye on things). This tent is exactly what I was searching for. The tent is well designed with a loft and an entrance on both sides, which is nice when one person gets up in the middle of the night and doesn't have to climb over another to exit or enter the tent. It's a snap to pitch, zippers never snag, plenty of room in both vestibules, and a great price. Very pleased with this purchase.

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Mel McC. wrote a review of on September 27, 2010

5 5

I Use this stove during my kayak camping trips around Georgia and Florida. I love it. I've used plenty of stoves in my 20 years in the infantry and SF, this one is the best. I've used it with white gas and primus LP but nothing else. Nozzle changes are simple, unit is easy to clean, easy to ignite, has a stable base and cooking platform, comes with a base platform and wind screen. Storage bag is a bit cramped though, always concerned that the fuel line will get kinked one night. A designed route around the folded stove with perhaps an integrated clip would be a nice feature to alleviate the possibility of fuel line kinks during storage.

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