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Paddling to the Dome Houses at Cape Romano, Marco Island

May 2017 – While visiting the Gulf Coast and Everglades, we planned a paddling trip to the famous dome houses at Cape Romano.  The history of the houses had fascinated me since the first time I saw them mentioned online,… Continue Reading →

Everglades City, Ochopee, and Shark Valley

May 2017 – We spent three nights in the small town of Everglades City during our tour of the Gulf Coast.  It was very convenient to all the places we wanted to visit in and around the Everglades.  We stayed… Continue Reading →

Corkscrew Swamp & Bird Rookery, Naples

May 2017 – We spent most of a day exploring the Corkscrew Swamp & Bird Rookery trails.  The boardwalk is a little pricey, but it was worth the money to see the birds that like to hang out near the boardwalk…. Continue Reading →

Myakka River State Park

May 2017 – We spent one night in a cabin here on our way down the Gulf Coast.  I definitely would have loved to spend more time in this park.  It was very quiet during our stay, with just a… Continue Reading →

Busch Gardens, Tampa

May 2017 – We spent a day here during our trip down the Gulf Coast.  We spent the night before at a Hampton Inn nearby, paid for by points.  We spent the night after at a Doubletree on the bay,… Continue Reading →

Tubing down the Ichetucknee River

April 2017 – We spent a relaxing afternoon at Ichetucknee Springs State Park the last weekend of April.  We picked up a double tube at Lowe’s Tubeland just outside of the park.  The tube we chose was $13, and the… Continue Reading →

Portland & Ogunquit, Maine

May 2017 – We spent a night outside of Portland after hiking in the White Mountains.  After checking into our hotel and getting cleaned up, we headed into the city.  I was again surprised at how early most restaurants and… Continue Reading →

Hiking Mount Washington, New Hampshire

May 2017 – We had planned to get some good sleep to recover from our previous early days.  Unfortunately, our smoke alarm decided to begin beeping at 5am.  After disconnecting it, we slept another hour or so and then decided… Continue Reading →

White Mountains of New Hampshire

May 2017 – We spent an extended weekend driving and hiking through New Hampshire and Maine.  After landing in Boston and picking up our rental car, we drove northeast to the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  We quickly learned the… Continue Reading →

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 →

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