My first piece on a new place that I got to paddle board – I learned a lot. Paddle Boarding in Florida was a blast! It was much different from anywhere I have been out on the water before. Now in the spirit of wanting to tell people about it I see some blogger mistakes I may have made.
Hands down the best part of this trip to Florida was the animals. We were so close to wildlife preserves, it really feels like the whole region was one big safe place for all kinds of creatures.
From land of course you can see lots of them. The birds are constantly flying over, from a dock or edge of the water you can see lots of fish. Turtles are fairly easy to spot and I found that the alligators I did see were not while paddle boarding.
The alligators and Crocs were at the Brevard Zoo. Which I think is for the best, a large croc might really scare me into falling off the board. Who knows.
When I was out on the inlet or canal, it was amazing to see the birds and ducks up close. You see the pelicans not so gracefully crashing into the water trying to catch their next meal.
Dolphins, dolphins, dolphins! This was my favorite animal to spot by far.
They are the most graceful and beautiful creatures up close – except we saw a lot with tons of scars. It was almost like that fish from Finding Nemo who has the huge scar that scares the other fish. These dolphins were rough, with lots of damage to their beautiful fins and bodies.
Out one of the days searching for dolphins, we were able to see two who were acting kind of funny. These dolphins were on the top of the water a lot, they did not seem to be swimming normally.
At first, we were really concerned one was injured, as it was seemingly laying at the top of the water.
Nope, these two adorable animals were MATING!
It was really interesting to see, from being originally a little worried about their activity and movements.
We got close to these large mammals to see that they were completely connected.
A little gross, that’s a private moment and something I would never set out to see. But also beautiful to see those creatures in their natural habitat like that.
This is where my biggest mistakes comes out. Pictures. I did not document nearly enough. As I get into enjoying myself and the wildlife I often forget to snap a photo of the amazing things I see.
So this blog post could be way more interesting with some better photos of my experience out on the water.
We did also search to try to find some Manatees but these were harder to find. Being in Florida in the winter means it is cold for lots of animals and they are harder to see.
They are very large though, create what looks like a large flat spot on the waters surface. They pop their heads up and swim, they are huge.
Traveling with a Board
My father was amazing in the instance, after Florida we all traveled to my parents house for a New Years celebration. So since I would not be going home right away, I had my dad bring a board down on the plane.
So on Black Friday he bought a new IRocker Blackfin Stand Up Paddleboard to bring down. It was right around 50 lbs because he had not unwrapped the stuff inside the backpack just yet.
This is perfect for a checked bag on a plane. They tagged it at the ticketing counter and on the plane it goes!
This is one of the biggest reason I am an advocate for inflatable boards. So convenient to take to new places and explore.
We fly Delta and had a great experience checking our board. Super easy to spot coming off the plane onto the baggage carousel as well. It was the only huge paddle board bag.
One great thing about the Blackfin SUP is that the bag actually has wheels. So it has straps to be a backpack that tuck inside the back and then you can roll it like a suitcase.
Due to the size and shape it was a little hard to roll I will say. It looks much easier than it was, the bag and board are skinnier and taller than your average suitcase. Therefore, rolling it will take some getting used to. But this is just an added convenience for travel.
The failure to take more pictures shows me that maybe be a bird watcher and photographer may not be for me. I thoroughly enjoy being out in the wild without having to think about my phone.
I do usually take it out inside of a waterproof bag to sometimes take a vlog. But when I saw a dolphin my first incline was not to get the phone for a photo.
We are gonna work on this!
We had so much fun on our Christmas vacation to visit our neighbors in Satelite Beach, Florida. It is on the East Coast – we stayed on the beach and ocean, which is a place I did not take the paddle board.
The Rip Tide just when we were swimming almost swept us all away. Can’t imagine I would have succeeded in surfing with this huge board for the first time here.
I took the board out on the canal near our neighbors house and ran into a girl wearing a Penguin Onesie. I had my elf hat and Christmas PJ pants on.
Added a laugh to my already merry paddle board.
I would travel back to Florida in a heartbeat to paddle.
There was so many places, canals and rivers that I did not get to explore.
Bug Spray is a must here – there were No See Ums, which are little tiny itsy bitsy bugs that are terrors. They were horrible to us! Lots of itchy bites and stings, lots of itch lotion needed.
Whether its Florida or your home town, time to get out on the water!