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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 →

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 →

Anhinga & Gumbo Limbo Trails – Everglades

December 2016 – We visited the Anhinga and Gumbo Limbo trails on a short stop in the Everglades on our way south.  Entrance into the Everglades National Park is quite steep, at $25 per vehicle.  The entrance fee is good… Continue Reading →

Paddling Silver River – alligators, otters, and monkeys

September 2016 – We spent the weekend at one of my favorite places on the planet, a state park in Florida called Silver Springs. The park is a couple of hours southwest of Jacksonville (we like to stop at Paynes Prairie State Park… Continue Reading →

Overnight stay at Silver Springs & Paddling Silver River

August 2016 – I’ve reviewed Silver Springs State Park in the past (Silver Springs State Park) during a visit in which we rented a canoe and paddled around the Fort King Waterway.  We enjoyed it so much, we knew we… Continue Reading →

Paddling Amelia River and Egan’s Creek

June 2016 – Egan’s Creek is located on Amelia Island and is about an hour drive from Jacksonville.  We launched at Dee Dee Bartel’s Boat Ramp, next to the Fort Clinch State Park line.  There is a boat ramp and… Continue Reading →

Fort Clinch State Park

June 2015 – Fort Clinch State Park is located on the northern end of Amelia Island, about a 45 minute drive from Jacksonville.  The park charges an admission fee for visitors without annual state park passes. Entering the park, there… Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Hill Creek State Preserve State Park

June 2016 – Since we tried out our modular, not-so-spectacular kayak (returned to the store) here, we decided it would be a good idea for comparison purposes to try out our new kayak here.  We purchased a tandem Perception Tribe… Continue Reading →

Ravine Gardens State Park

December 2015 – Ravine Gardens State Park is in a little place called Palatka, Florida, about an hour from Jacksonville.  The park might be a little hard to find if not using gps, but our phones brought us straight to… Continue Reading →

Disney World (Part II)

May 2015 – Following the Spaceship Earth ride in Epcot, our next ride was the Seas with Nemo & Friends.  We were seated in a plastic clamshell and sent around a track to watch projections of Nemo and his friends…. Continue Reading →

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