After several years, the security concerns slowly relaxed, and the western shore was opened once again, with NASA folks getting preferential treatment. Since I wasn’t on the “preferred” list, I had to get creative. So I began strapping my kayak to my 16-foot skiff, launching at Kelly Park, just south of State Road 528 on the Banana River, and cruising (yes, in the dark) up to the southwestern boundary of the NMZ. Remember that a small slice of the NMZ remains open to motorboats up to KARS Park. From there I’d park the skiff just offshore, launch my kayak and paddle north to my favorite spots. It worked great, although it added some trepidation to the trip. At the end of the day, as I paddled back, I worried: Would my skiff still be there?