The great outdoors

It took me a long while to appreciate some of the really great things about living in Tallahassee.

The abundance of great outdoor activities was one of those things. There are lots of trails for hiking and the beach is a 90 minute drive. Even closer are opportunities for boating or kayaking.

So, on Saturday, our friends persuaded us to go kayaking on the Wakulla River. Though Gray and I have gone kayaking in North Carolina a few years ago, we’d never managed to go to the river practically in our own backyard.

20141108_112833It was awesome.

The weather was cool, but not too cold. We did not see any gators, though I’m sure they saw us. We did see plenty of birds, manatees and turtles.

After we returned the rental kayak (and I gashed my finger open, but that’s another story), we headed to the Riverside Cafe in St. Marks, where the four of us devoured several orders of steamed oysters. They were so tasty and bathed in butter and garlic. I’m not a huge fan of raw oysters, but I love them cooked.(Sorry, no oyster photos, but here’s Gray and me in the kayak. Check out our reflections in the water.)

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Gray and I were still on an outdoors kick the next day because we chose to take a picnic lunch to a newish park downtown. After years of talking about converting a space downtown into a park, they finally did it, complete with an outdoor amphitheater, a jogging loop, fountains and a children’s play area.

So, we took a picnic and walked around.

20141109_125540Publix subs are delicious, and our new picnic basket is cute. (Thanks  mom and dad!)

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Tallahassee is a small town, and though I’d love to be in a bigger city, it definitely has it charms. Like any place, you have to figure out where the cool things really are.

Kayaking and picnicking in November definitely qualify as perks.

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