Best Way to Enjoy New Year’s Day: Kayak The Loxahatchee

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On New Year’s Day last year, we planned a group adventure to kayak the Loxahatchee River. The Loxahatchee is one of the most scenic of south Florida waterways.

Kayak the Loxahatchee at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, located in Hobe Sound, Florida on the Loxahatchee River, offers a variety of outdoor activities. Our group rented kayaks and canoes, while other park visitors filled the seats of a sunset river cruise. 

The winter months are the best time to kayak in south Florida. It was cool and comfy out on the river; I think these creatures would agree.

One of the reason’s we like to kayak the Loxahatchee is to get up close to the wildlife. You never know what you’re going to see.

Our group chose two person or tandem kayaks, but honestly, I think a single kayak is easier to handle. If only one person is doing the heavy work, then a tandem is great.

The general store handles all rentals and boat tickets as well as hosts a concession stand and umbrella tables to eat riverside. A pavilion with picnic tables stands nearby with extra seating and also convenient restrooms. 

Can’t think of a better way to spend a day than with family and friends.

Mapping your trip down the river

You might be wondering how to navigate your kayak on the Loxahatchee if you’re a visitor to the area. It was pretty easy.

The waterways are wide and easy to paddle. We received a map with the kayak rentals and made sure to agree to an easy path. I then stuck the map in a ziploc bag to keep dry along the way.

There were other people on the water, as well as a regularly traveling tour boat. Seeing other boaters gave us confidence we would be able to contact help if needed. We had no problems.

Happy New Year! Day 1 – A Day Well Spent.

A Holiday Stay at The Evergreen Marriott Resort in Stone Mountain, GA

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Our November trip to Stone Mountain, Georgia was a breath of fresh cold air. We stayed at the popular Evergreen Marriott Resort. This was the view from our balcony…gorgeous.

The Stone Mountain Theme Park park down the road a bit is always a beautiful sight to behold at night. One of the reasons we like to visit in the late fall is just to see all the Christmas lights and decorations.

There are seasonal story time characters sprinkled around the park as well as a nightly snow angel Christmas parade.

Daytime we made our trip to the summit of the mountain for a completely different view.

It feels a bit like a lunar landscape to me, though it’s just a huge chunk of granite in the middle of Georgia.

My sweet family! 

This Florida girl was freezing though. The temp was hovering somewhere in the low sixties. ; )

We were so glad to be able to have my niece and nephew join us for the weekend. We have missed them so much since their move to Georgia!

We celebrated Christmas a little early with the kids this year at breakfast on the last day of Thanksgiving weekend. 

Then we headed home through Atlanta traffic on a holiday weekend (gasp). Even with the traffic, shared many days well spent in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Snorkeling Cruise Excursion in Cozumel

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Cozumel is a favorite retreat for our family. A relaxing, friendly, and captivating escape.We prefer the more quiet Playa San Juan (San Juan Beach) on the west side of the island. Here you receive the royal treatment.Cozumel beaches are a combination of limestone and sand. The dining is open air, with the atlantic framed purposefully beyond limestone archways.

Umbrella tables greet you poolside.Beach chairs await you oceanside and down beneath the rocky shore, the waters teem with treasure.

Our days spent in Cozumel are always days well spent.

Sleigh Ride Visit to Stowe, Vermont

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Where can you ride in a one horse open sleigh in Vermont?

Top notch Resort in Stowe, Vermont is a winter wonderland paradise where, among many other snow sports, you can also take a horse-drawn sleigh ride. If you’re lucky, it might even be snowing!

Looking back on our trip, I can still clearly remember the wind in my face, my hair gently blown back, as we raced across the snow in our one horse open sleigh

here we are, dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh.

We stayed in a 2 room suite at Topnotch Resort in Stowe. Our room had hand painted furniture with wide picture windows to take in the mountain vistas and the snowfall. The ski runs lined the mountains in the distance.

The trip was a business trip, an achievement bonus. The President’s Club dinner and award ceremony was held at Nonna’s, the on site restaurant. Here is Jeff receiving his award.

We toured the little town’s attractions including Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory which is located nearby just outside of Stowe in Waterbury. We took the tour with the group.

Yes, that’s “Hunka, Hunka Burnin Fudge”

We also strolled through downtown Stowe stopping at Shaw’s landmark store for a visit.

Another fun tour was the Cold Hollow Cider Mill where they make fresh pressed apple cider and donuts. Perfect companions to the crisp cool Vermont weather.

And this was the last time I played in the snow…