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Athabasca Glacier Walk, Icefields Parkway, & Yoho National Park, Alberta

July 2017 – We checked out of our room at Sunwapta and headed south to the Icefield Centre.  Across the street and up a drive is the parking lot for the Athabasca Glacier.  I had dressed in layers – a… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Charleston, SC

September 2016 – After traveling north to Savannah and Congaree National Park, we spent a night in Charleston before starting the trip back home.  After walking along the waterfront, we paid a visit to the cemetery beside the Unitarian Church…. Continue Reading →

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