Today we drove up to Jonathon Dickinson State Park to go kayaking on the Loxahatchee River. It is about an hour’s drive north. You take 95 to Indiantown Road, and then take 811/N1 to the park. We were the only people who decide to kayak today. It was windy (about 16 mph) but while that made it a bit harder to paddle, it wasn’t a deal breaker. The park was an army base in the 1940s, but all the army buildings are gone, leaving a large park behind. There is an observation tower there, too, called “Hobe Mountain.” It is worth the climb to take a look, as in Florida you don’t usually get a vista. Things are certainly relative, when you realize that it is the highest natural point in Florida, worthy of the name “mountain,” though it is only 86 feet above sea-level.
Kayaking on the main river wasn’t that interesting, but we explored a little back water that was quiet and beautiful. We saw several pairs of ospreys (sea eagles) and there were fish jumping out the water. At $30 for two kayaks for two hours, we reckoned it was a bargain. Next time, we’ll head to John D. MacArthur park, for kayaking there.