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Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

July 2017 – After an exhausting previous day and evening, the alarm came too early for us to get ready for Maligne Lake.  The promise of one of the best places to see wildlife in Jasper National Park was motivation… Continue Reading →

Driving the Icefields Parkway, Alberta

June 2017 – After a long day of flying (had to get up at 3am Eastern), we arrived at the Calgary airport at 12:30pm (Mountain Time).  The airport is super efficient and we were in our rental car and on… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: Sandals & Boots

First we tried Keen sandals.  After two years of hard use in Florida environments, the shoes were still going strong.  We then added Keen hiking boots into the mix for our trips north and into rockier environments.  I’ll review each… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: Hydration Packs & Bags

One aspect of our adventures that has taken a lot of tweaking is in the area of bags and hydration packs.  Because of this, we have accumulated several bags over the years (some of which we use for different purposes)…. Continue Reading →

Silver Springs Cabins & Paddling

June 2017 – We spent two nights in a wonderful cabin at Silver Springs State Park.  The cabins are secluded, shaded, and private.  They are really large inside, with two huge bedrooms, a large bathroom, a living area, and a… Continue Reading →

Three Sisters Springs & Crystal River

June 2017 – We launched at Hunter Springs Park for the easy, mile long  paddle to Three Sisters Springs.  Hunter Springs Park cost a few dollars to park but has bathrooms, places to rinse off, and an unloading zone in front… Continue Reading →

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 →

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