One of my favorite places to be is out on open water. I love the way it feels when your paddle slices through the current, gliding you along.
It feels like a dance.
We try to fit in kayaking anytime we're on a new adventure near water.
In 2006 we took an 8 day trip to Puerto Vallarta. We hiked in the Sierra Madre mountains, visited small fishing villages, and kayaked along the shore of the Pacific Ocean.
The water was still and warm, and it was one of the most beautiful places we had kayaked.
In May when we visited Florida, I wanted to kayak in the Atlantic. Cousin James advised us that the current wasn't safe, so we reserved our days to surf, instead. But I got antsy to dance in the water, so we took a little road trip to Wekiwa Springs, to get on a kayak and paddle along.
It wasn't like any place we had ever kayaked before. I felt like we were in a sticky jungle, taking guesses at the wild noises we heard coming from the trees. We didn't know if they were monkeys, birds, or the lockness monster.
The water was completely clear, and fifteen feet straight down, it looked like another world, upsidedown. We saw creatures there that we had never seen before. Eels, mysterious fish bigger than anything I'd ever seen, and turtles at least 3 feet long.
And there were alligators. Lots, and lots of alligators. I've never been that close to them in their natural habitat. They just stared at us and disappeared under the water if we got too close.
Mama alligator huffed and puffed when we got too close to her babies on the log.
Did I mention the beautiful water?
I loved it there. And the hours we spent on that adventure, exploring the springs and all the creatures in it.
This was a sweet Summer. We have so many memories that we made in these sticky, hot months.
I'm sorry I've been quiet. Lately it seems that I have put everything aside to just live. I haven't even taken pictures in weeks, which is incredibly abnormal for me.
I won't be gone forever, I just need a few weeks to still breathe in the moments of these memories. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.