Good Paddling: Wakulla River, Florida

As with all my hobbies involving any athleticism I started paddling seriously later in life. When I was in college I spent time on the Youghiogheny and New rivers rafting and kayaking in these inflatable kayaks they called “duckies.” Once I started working I only hit the water a few times on canoe trips or rafting …

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Good Paddling: Saint Joseph Bay, Florida.

In February we stayed at a campground called Presnell’s in the town of Port Saint Joe, located on St. Joseph Bay. The bay is beautiful and protected by a spit of island called Cape San Blas. If you come to Port Saint Joe looking for what Ben calls “trinkets and trash,” there are one or …

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Good Paddling: Dead Lakes, Wewahitchka Florida

Along the coast of the Florida panhandle there are slivers of barrier island that protect the shoreline that create small bays. We spend our winters hanging out at the bays of St. Joseph and Apalachicola. Paddling in the bays is fun, but not the only attraction. There are many interesting places to paddle just up …

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Drink Me, Eat Me. (Packing for the long haul)

There are two approaches to travel. One approach is to pack a suitcase or a backpack and suspend the rigors of everyday life for as long as your schedule/bankroll will allow. When your time and or money runs out, you return home and resume business as usual. The other is to haul your life down the …

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Fried Chicken? A-MEN!

On our first trip to the Florida Panhandle friends recommended that we visit the First United Methodist Church in Apalachicola. It is one of the oldest churches in the area. It’s a traditional wooden church with sunny leaded glass windows and a close-knit congregation, most who have attended the church for generations. They are presided …

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Florida Ice Age

Florida panhandle weather is usually windy and cold in March. Some days it is exceptionally so which can make outdoor activities less than pleasant. On days like this we turn inland to check out local attractions. So it was that five of us piled in a car to troll downtown Apalachicola for action. Our group …

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