Hanging out

Kayaking at Jonathon Dickinson State Park

florida / October 27, 2015

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.

HObe mtn view
Ocean from Hobe Mtn
Burned roots
Flowers at Hobe Mtn
What is Hobe Mtn
Remnants of old military camp at Jonathon Dickinson
Bki in kayak
Nice look to the vista
Norm, paddling
Norm again
Little side water