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Big Island, Hawaii

December 2017 – We spent our first day on the Big Island by visiting Carlsmith Beach Park and then exploring the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  We were hoping to see sea turtles at the beach park, but we unfortunately didn’t… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Congaree National Park, SC

September 2016 – We were on our way from Savannah to Charleston, but we had to make a stop (granted, over two hours out of the way) at the only national park in South Carolina.  We were just a day… 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 →

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