Ichetucknee Springs and Jupiter Beach Paddle Boarding

Moving to Florida? Maybe. Snowbirding? Probably. Paddle boarding Jupiter Beach? Definitely!

I grew up in B.C. Canada.
 
Moving to Florida from the north was a crazy experience for me, in so many ways. It has taken alot of getting used to, but it has been SUCH an awesome experience. 
 
The weather, for one, was a ridiculous change and very hard to get used to. Now though, I really like it down here.
 
Because it’s the Fourth of July weekend I suppose I am thinking about what it means to be American. I am not a citizen, but I have been thinking about moving to Florida permanently after I graduate with my masters degree.
 
On one hand, I don’t think I will miss Canada’s winters. B.C. has pretty mild winters when compared to the rest of Canada, but it just seems like I’ve gotten used to Florida’s best retirement community, so to speak.
 
Maybe the concept of snowbirding is something I should consider?
 
My grandfather used to say that his favorite season is summer because, as he put it, you don’t have to shovel sunshine.
 
If I moved back to B.C. I think I would also miss the water.
 
I think that Florida has the best beaches. I love the ability to hit the road on a Friday even and be surfing by the time the sun comes up.
I also love shell hunting. Looking for shells in Fort Desoto State Park, or Honeymoon Island State Park, or my favorite, Anna Maria island, is unrivaled. Canada forests just can’t compete with those experiences.
 
On the other hand, I do miss the mountains.
 
Hiking to glacier lakes in the summer is such an incredible experience, I hope that I will live in a place again in my life where that is possible. But, if I lived here, I would have all access to all Florida Springs, which I’ve totally fallen in love with. 
 
Speaking of glacier lakes, I have been meaning to find a stand up paddle board (SUP) to use with Peso!
 
I first had this idea that it would be amazing to take him to Ichetucknee Springs and paddle down the river. Unfortunately that plan will not work out because I read that dogs are actually not allowed on the river at all, which was disappointing. But, there are some other options, and maybe we can still go hiking in Ichetucknee Springs State Park.
 
I’ll have to tell Sam that she convinced me. On our last trip to Jupiter Beach she was trying to hard to convince me to get a paddle board. She told me how she’s been getting into paddle board yoga in a little bayou in Jupiter Beach, and has had a great time. I do have to admit that the ability to get out on the water sounds great. Actually, I’m feeling decisive. I decided. I will get a paddle board! 
 
Alright then, time to go watch some fireworks!