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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 →

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 →

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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