Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Clam Creek Picnic Area

Jekyll Island, GA

November 2014

We spent an afternoon on the very accessible Jekyll Island, one of Georgia's Golden Isles. The island has many miles of paved trails to explore, but we headed to the Clam Creek Picnic Area on the northern end of the island. We walked the North Loop Trail which was fully paved with a few rough spots in need of repair. After or little hike, both girls enjoyed exploring the very accessible fishing pier.

I would think most wheelchairs could navigate the few rough areas on the paved trail:

Egypt investigating scat:

It was relaxing to walk while hearing the waves from the ocean, just beyond this tree:

We walked the entire length of the out and back paved trail:

A short break to refuel back at the Pilot:

Both girls were excited to explore the accessible fishing pier:


We walked a total of 3.32 miles at Clam Creek Picnic Area:


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Chesser Island Boardwalk

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
November 2014


Only an hour from our home, we visited one of our favorite places, the Chesser Island Boardwalk in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. We saw a few alligators, including a mama gator protecting her young. When Laurel got a little too close, the mama let out a giant warning hiss and I think Laurel jumped back at least five feet.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

August 2014

We spent several afternoons at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge while we spent a week in south Florida. It was hot, but we still enjoyed a quick stroll along the nice accessible boardwalk. We saw one alligator and one snake in the wild. Both girls loved the interactive visitor center, especially the animal exhibits, virtual airboat ride and the nighttime sounds in the swamp dark room.  

Thursday, November 27, 2014

One of the Days I Almost Died

Somewhere in Georgia
Thanksgiving 2001
My Thanksgiving 2001 story actually starts back in July of that year. We were in Jacksonville for a few days to check out the housing market. We were living in Edgewater, FL and I had a job interview in Jacksonville. We had decided that we needed to live closer to a big city for Kellisa's health care. The night before the interview, I had severe pain and thought I had food poisoning. It got so bad that I drove myself to the emergency room. I spent most of the night at the hospital being diagnosed with an ulcer which made a lot of sense considering all the uncertainty and stress in our lives at the time.   (Read the rest of the story here)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Daggerwing Nature Centure

Palm Beach County, FL
August 2014
The girls enjoyed an afternoon at the Daggerwing Nature Center in Boca Raton, FL learning about the native wildlife. The enjoyed the hands-on exhibits and live animals, including a snake presentation.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cathy Burdett Nature Trail

Daggerwing Nature Center

Palm Beach County, FL
August 2014

We managed to escape the congestion of Palm Beach County for a nice little hike at the Daggerwing Nature Center The Cathy Burdett Nature Trail was fully accessible and a pleasant walk. It was blistering hot with little shade, so we did not linger on the trail.


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