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Nothing says ‘staycation’ like a trip south to Miami.  I think the last time I went to Vizcaya was … maybe in elementary school?!  For the Renaissance Festival, I think.  In other words, it’s been awhile.

Who can resist a National Historic Landmark? Especially one as beautiful as Vizcaya.  The weather was perfect, a beautiful bridal photo shoot was happening, tourists were fluttering about and I even learned a thing or two.  What more could I ask for on a day off of work!?

I must confess, I’m not a fan of math.  The numbers, the symbols, it all boggles me.  Nevertheless, here’s an equation for you:

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SOUTH FLORIDA WINTER!!!!!!!

The weekend was a big mash up of weather-specific activities. Friday night, it was hanging out by the chiminea.  Saturday afternoon, surfing at the beach.  (I actually managed to catch a couple of waves myself!)  Sunday, Christmas tree shopping and digging more blankets and comforters out of the closet!  (It’s our first year to get a real Christmas tree for the holidays, and I love it!!)

Garden 2010 update: Well, I haven’t completely failed. My beans are doing well; the lettuce is growing; one of my tomato plants is thriving, though not really producing anything more than green leaves.

I finally made it over to Riverbend Park in Jupiter last weekend.  We set out on a full day of canoeing down the Loxahatchee that would drag our butts 8 miles or so (I think) and end us at Jonathan Dickinson State Park.  My shoulders started burning a little bit just typing that.  It was a full day.  (They quoted us that it’d be 6 to 7 hours of paddling, but we managed in about 4 to 4 1/2.)  But an awesome one, of course 🙂

It’s always great for me to get out, canoe/kayak/whatev, in South Florida because it reminds me that it’s not all strip malls, chain restaurants and highrise condo buildings.  Florida is also wildlife – we saw turtles, our friend Jodie almost hit a gator with her paddle, ospreys – and great scenery.

And, a river adventure is great for working on those relationship-building skills.  To kill or not to kill, that is the question!  Our mode of transportation (read: bad canoe that we shouldn’t have used, but did anyway) was challenging and we thought we were going to tip over every 60 seconds.  It didn’t help that the river was bending left and right like Chubby Checker, plus the fact that we had a cooler full of beverages in tow.  But we made it!

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