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Paddling on the Lower Ocklawaha River

February 2017 – We drove southwest about an hour and twenty minutes from Jacksonville to the Kirkpatrick Dam Boat Ramp.  There was no charge for parking or launching, and we were able to park very close to the sandy canoe… Continue Reading →

Haw Creek Preserve State Park

January 2017 – I have seen Haw Creek Preserve State Park ranked highly on several websites as one of the top places to paddle in Florida.  We spent a couple of hours on a Saturday paddling the creek.  Although I… Continue Reading →

Blue Spring State Park & Lower Wekiva River Preserve

January 2017 – On our way south to Orlando, we stopped by Blue Spring State Park for a quick visit before heading to Katie’s Landing to launch our kayak onto the Wekiva River.  We got a later start than I… Continue Reading →

Orlando by Hot Air Balloon

January 2017 – As a birthday celebration, we booked a sunrise hot air balloon ride in Orlando.  We found a Groupon that gave us a great deal through Orlando Balloon Rides and scheduled the ride for Sunday morning.  Since it… Continue Reading →

Manhattan, Catskills, & Tannersville, New York

November 2016 – We flew into JFK for a quick weekend trip into Manhattan and the Catskills of New York.  We spent the first afternoon walking past the bridges, visiting the One World Trade Center, and exploring Central Park. The… Continue Reading →

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

December 2016 – This was one of our favorite, but sadly our final stop, on our cruise.  We first took a bus to a tiny marina where we boarded a small boat to view the wildlife in the channels outside… Continue Reading →

Panama Canal & Colon, Panama

December 2016 – The theme and highlight of our cruise, the Panama Canal, lived up to our expectations.  Our cruise ship entered the first set of locks at dawn on the morning of our transit.  It took nearly two hours from… Continue Reading →

Cartagena, Colombia

December 2016 – We stopped in Cartagena on our second port stop of our cruise.  I am not entirely sure what I expected the city to look like, but I didn’t have high expectations.  I was actually blown away by… Continue Reading →


December 2016 – Our first port stop for our December cruise was at Oranjestad, Aruba.  After being on the ship for over two days, we were ready to stretch our legs and go exploring.  Our first excursion was a catamaran… Continue Reading →

Long Key, FL

December 2016 – We spent one night in Long Key pre-cruise out of Miami.  During our past Keys trip, we had stayed at the Lime Tree Bay Resort and liked it enough that we booked it again for this trip…. Continue Reading →

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