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Honeymoon Island State Park

May 2017 – We spent most of a day at this park as part of our trip down the Gulf Coast.  The weather was gorgeous and sunny, with temperatures in the upper eighties.  This park was a short drive from… 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 →

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 →

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