Friday, November 15, 2013

Where to Go?

Next year will be the first year that I get five weeks of vacation. I'm trying to figure out what our big family trip will be. Carole wants to go to visit some first magnitude springs that we haven't seen in Florida. That would be about a week-long trip and would be tons of fun. We always have a blast snorkeling and kayaking the big freshwater springs in Florida.

But I was thinking more of hitting a National Park or two that we've never seen. We've long wanted to see Crater Lake National Park, and I dearly want to see the big redwoods and sequoias in California. The deal with a western trip is that they're really expensive, so we have to plan them carefully.

At any rate, I'll have a whole 'nother week to play around with in 2014.

I think this was taken at Manatee Springs State Park.

Blue Springs Run at Blue Springs State Park.

Big alligator at Wakulla Springs State Park.

A friendly osprey on the Chassahowitzka River.

Kayaking down the Ichetucknee River in Ichetucknee Springs State Park.

And then there's the allure of those big California peaks. I took this shot near Joshua Tree National Park in 2010.


Vicki said...

Planning for play is half the fun. Enjoy that extra week whatever you do.

James Robert Smith said...

I used to wonder what it would be like to have that much vacation, not knowing if I'd be able to get to that point.

Mark Gelbart said...

I've always wanted to visit Wood Buffalo Park in Canada, but it's too far.

I could enjoy it vicariously, if you chose that as a destination.

It's probably about as far as the Redwood Forest in California.

James Robert Smith said...

I have had that one on my radar for a long time, too. Along with several other Canadian National and Provincial Parks.

There are Provincial Parks in Canada that rival our National Parks.