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Saturday, November 14, 2009

A Weekend Tour of Central Florida

We decided to do a short kayaking trip on Arbuckle Creek, north to Lake Arbuckle. It was a nice paddle, but when we broke out onto the lake, it was windy! We paddled over to the nearest ramp to pull out and eat lunch. There was a man in a guard shack who told us where a restroom was...we ate one ever told us we were not authorized to be there!

The way back downstream to the put in.

We passed about 8 little bitty gators who started to grunt for their mama when we got too close. Never saw mama, but we quickly paddled away!

We had to experience Spook Hill in Lake Wales. If you've never done it, I highly recommend it. It HAS to be an illusion, but it's a very convincing one...your car gets pulled UP hill! Fun stuff!

I guess to someone from Pennsylvania, our orange groves are fascinating.

We did a little caching...

Checkout out Okeechobee...these Wood Storks were in a pond in a pasture on the way in to town. Pretty cool!
Stopped at Jonathan Dickinson State Park...

and Blowing Rocks in Jupiter. Ida made the waves and wind incredible! It was an awesome sight!

Then it was back to the airport in Ft. Lauderdale after a pitstop at Bass Pro.
A busy but really fun weekend and I can't wait to do it again!


Misti said...

Fun trip! I need to get to Avon Park sometime.

Sandcastle Momma said...

That looks like a lot of fun and your photos are beautiful!

I hope you and the boys have a very Merry Christmas!

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