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Date: 11-23-2022 - 11-28-2022
Title: Horn Island Artist's Retreat

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Horn Island Naturalist’s Retreat Nov 23 - 28, 2022 Five Day Expedition to the wildest and most remote of the Mississippi Barrier Islands, Horn Island. All paddle together in 29' hand crafted cypress strip voyageur style canoe, very safe & stable. Canoes are carved in the voyageur tradition of the Great Lakes. Horn Island is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and was delicately & articulately celebrated by the legendary naturalist-artist Walter Anderson in watercolors, prints, pottery, wood sculpture and journaling. Horn Island is the largest of the Mississippi Barrier Islands, 12 miles long, the biggest and most wild of the Gulf Islands National Seashore chain from Florida to Louisiana — and thrives with birds, crustaceans, fish, amphibians, insects — all levels of life! — strange mix of continental creatures and sea creatures — such as bald eagles & blue crabs, alligators & bottlenose dolphins, raccoons and manta rays, skunks & skinks — lots of migrations going on also: monarch butterflies, white pelicans, loons, terns, and many others! Meet at the Ocean Springs City Parking Lot, below tower, behind the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. Park vehicles. Pack bags. 1 day paddling out, 5 days on island, 1 day paddling back. $850 total for guiding, outfitting (big canoe, paddles, life jackets and all necessary water safety gear), meals, dry bags, kitchen ware and camp setup, all food prep, cooking & cleaning. No previous experience necessary, but must be willing to paddle long miles, and comfortable in primitive camping conditions on wild beach on remote island. 6 minimum, 12 maximum. We will set up base camp on island for 5 days of island and seashore exploration. Long open water crossings and possible inclement weather. Must be in fairly good shape. Must be comfortable with waves and extended sustained long distance paddling.