3 Great Kayak Trips in Northeast Florida: Something for Everyone!

Florida is a beautiful place to be on the water. And, in Florida, there’s plenty of water! Kayaking in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia offers some of the most striking scenery and abundant wildlife available to paddlers anywhere. With the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), tidal estuaries, Black water creeks and a variety of lowlands and swamps, Northeast Florida provides paddlers with practically every imaginable type of watery playground to paddle in.

Here’s a list of some of the most popular paddling trips Northeast Florida has to offer ordered from least to most difficult:

1.) Lofton Creek – Located in Yulee, Florida just under 5-miles from I-95 on A-1A, Lofton Creek is a Black Water Creek fed from swamps on the South side of the St. Marys River. Lofton Creek is full of fish (fresh and salt water species can often be caught in the same area as tidal influences from the Nassau River push brackish water up the creek), Alligators, Turtles, and a wide variety of birds. The creek is lined with Bald Cypress, Pines and Oak Trees, primarily and is filled with Pickerel Weed and Spider Lilies, among other aquatic plants. The current in this creek reverses with the tide, but is very mild and kayaks have no trouble going in either direction when paddling north of the A-1A Bridge. Put-in at the Melton O. Nelson boat ramp on A-1A and go right, paddling north until you first reach a train trestle, then the Page’s Dairy Farm Rd. Bridge – which marks the turnaround point for most commercial outfitters and makes the round trip approximately an hour-and-a-half to two-hours.

2.) St. Marys River - The St. Marys River represents the Florida-Georgia State Line for essentially its entire length as it leaves the Okefenokee Swamp heading South before briefly turning East and then North again until reaching Folkston, Georgia and turning East on its journey to the Atlantic Ocean. At its head, you can almost step across this river; but 120-miles downstream, the St. Marys River is approximately a half-mile wide as it empties into the Cumberland Sound. There are several put-in’s along the St. Marys, and each one gives paddlers access to what seem to be completely different rivers. The lower-third of the river is influenced by tides which change directions every six-hours. As the river widens and you enter the marsh, tidal currents and winds can create difficult-to-treacherous paddling conditions, so check with local experts for information on tides, winds and weather. Wildlife frequently encountered in the St. Marys includes: Alligators; Manatees; Dolphins; Loggerhead Sea Turtles; Manta Rays; and all of the larger coastal birds among many, many others.

3.) Egan’s CreekLocated on Amelia Island, Egan’s Creek is a tidal marsh creek that flows along the boundary of Ft. Clinch State Park before entering the Amelia River on its way into the Cumberland Sound. As such, you can see the entire range of marine life common to Northeast Florida as well as the many large coastal birds this area is known for – including the Roseate Spoonbill. Put -in at Egan’s Creek Park (at High Tide!) on Atlantic Avenue (A-1A) and either paddle straight down the main part of the creek, or follow the roadway over to the tree line at Ft. Clinch State Park and then follow the tree line to any of the first 5-left turns you can take back through the marsh and into the main body of the creek. Once back in the main part of the creek, turn right and continue to the take-out at the 14th Street Bridge (on the left before the bridge), or continue under the bridge and into the Amelia River following the outgoing tide to the right until reaching the Bartles Boat Ramp – approximately 2.75-miles if you stick to the main body of the creek and 3.5-miles if you follow the tree line. To avoid the turbulent confluence, swifter current and boat traffic at the Amelia River and Bartles Boat Ramp, take out before you go under the bridge. Taking out at the bridge shortens the trip by about.8-miles. Be careful regardless of which take-out you use, as currents are swift and there are many obstructions in the water.

7 Kinds of Interesting Travellers

One thing that I have found is that when travelling, there will be people from all walks of life. Rich people, poor people, smart people, stupid people, funny people, sad people, inspiring people, ridiculous people, helpless people and the list goes on.

1. The First Time Traveler

The first time traveler is usually excited and perhaps a little apprehensive. Yet they have enthusiasm for discovery and look for opportunities to learn. Everything is exciting and new. However there could be the first time traveller who is expecting everything to be like it is at home and leave the tour disappointed. Let all the new people discover that the world is different and they can be enjoyed.

2. The Travel Guru

The travel guru knows it all. They read everything that they can prior to the tour and then they like to impress you with their knowledge and sometimes they speak the native language. They will provide advice on all things and there will be times that you wished you had someone else to talk to. However, you can still learn something from him/her.

3. The Adventure Man/Woman

The adventure man/woman personifies adventure. They dress for the adventure occasion and even act the part. Not like other travellers who simply enjoy adventure. Great people to be with during adventures but not necessarily the best dinner companion.

4. The Party Animal

The party animal prefers to start the day with brunch. He/she finds it difficult to get up early in the morning due to the party during the previous evening. Great people but will slow down serious travelers.

5. The Warring Couple

The warring couple are on the tour because one of them wanted to go. During the tour this fact will come out and there will be unsavoury scenes. Find a place some distance away and continue to enjoy your holiday.

6. The High Spending Traveler

The high spending traveller expects to get whatever he/she wants in any place. Can be much fun if they are generous but sometimes difficult to be with.

7. The Normal Traveler

Yes there are many normal travelers out there. They are like you and me enjoying the company of others and being a friend when it is needed. Easy to get along with and has a great sense of humour.

In summary, whatever the kind of traveler you meet, don’t judge too harshly. Everybody must have their day but some want it more often. Have fun and try to find the normal traveller and all will be well.

Dating Tips for Divorced Dads

If you’re looking for advice to start dating again after a divorce then this is the article you were looking for. We’re going to look at three essential first date tips for men after they went through a divorce. 1st, we’re going to speaking about how to fix a clear vision of your goals. Next, we’re going to talk about the actual going out program. Finally, we’re going to finish up with how to have fun doing it.

These first date tips can help you not only find a date, but start a new life as well. In order to do that you must have a clear vision of your goals. You need some time with yourself to think about it. So don’t rush into a new date right away. If you act too rapidly you could make things worse. You’re already single and probably you don’t have the custody of your children anymore hence suffering more is useless. Distract yourself from what happened lately. Go out with the guys, concentrate on your hobbies and work for a month or so. This will help you form a crisp picture of what you need directly. Most of the times, you’ll want to date a lot after a divorce. But don’t try to look for a long-term relationship straightaway. Men commonly do that just as a reaction. They rush into marriage after merely couple of months of their split up just so it seems like nothing truly happened. Some time to contemplate permits you to form a crisp picture of your objectives. Then, you only need a dating plan.

Years past since you were going out, hence you could feel a little rusty but it’s fine, don’t lose your self-assurance because if a man wants to go out seriously enough, there’s constantly a woman who will follow him. Simply begin your going out game step by step. First, set an objective to start conversations with other women. Get used to it, and after you feel comfy and ready, take each of them on a date. Your first date should be plain and fun, don’t try to elaborate it by talking about your kids, your split up or your ex-wife, especially if you don’t want a serious relationship now. Be playful, laid-back and a little bit romantic. Make her smile and also make her want to know you more. If she starts asking you dozens of inquiries it’s a great sign of interest.

Have fun despite your situation. You’re ex-wife is probably having fun too. Perhaps she’s reading several first date tips for women now while you’re still thinking of her. Move on. Now that she has left, you no longer share the decisions in your life with anybody. You can take any decision you want. Go fishing for a week; get a holiday with your friends. Party with the girls. You’ll be excited to start a fresh life. And after a while of parting start to look for a different bride. But search carefully and don’t rush.

Now you know the first date tips and you’re ready to start a new life. The past has its way of ensnaring us, but you won’t allow that to occur because with these first date tips for men, you’re now capable to see the future you want to have in front of you.