A Wonderful Life

Amelia Island Kayak Excursions

What can be better than a vocation of doing what you love? It’s what many only dream about. I have been an adventurer at heart all of my life. I have had several vocations in which I’ve done well, but I am now living my dream.

Most of my life has been spent in the great outdoors. My “university” has been time spent studying animals, birds, trees, etc. It is like I have finally graduated, got my degree, and landed a great “job”! Continuing education makes life exciting, too, and when guests ask me what I did before starting our kayaking business, I reply that I have been “practicing for 58 years” for such a time as this. It sounds like a joke, but I am completely serious.
I think that one of my greatest joys is meeting people from different places and all walks of life. I love to learn as much as they are willing to share about what they do, and about what is important to them. I can truthfully say that I now have friends from all over the United States and from many parts of the world.
2014 has been quite an exciting year for us at Amelia Island Kayak Excursions. It is hard to believe that our business is now in its second year! In this New Year, we are looking forward to many more adventures on the water, and especially in making new friends along the way.
We invite you to read more about us on TripAdvisor at http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34218-d4461192-Reviews-Amelia_Island_Kayak_Excursions-Fernandina_Beach_Amelia_Island_Florida.html, for current reviews and ranking, on www.facebook.com/ameliaislandkayakexcursions, for photos of our guests on our paddles, and of course here at www.ameliaislandkayak.com.
We sincerely want our family to meet your family, and we would be delighted to be a part of your visit to our area. We hope to have the opportunity to help make special memories of a wonderful life for you.

Amelia Island Kayak Excursions – where kayaking fun begins.

Kayak Therapy

Kayaking in the Rain

It has been said that being near water is therapeutic. I can attest that it is both refreshing and relaxing. Now, add paddling on the water in a kayak, and you have a recipe for a great way to regain focus, reduce stress, and get great exercise all at the same time!
Recently I guided a young couple on one of our two-hour creek tours. We chatted for a few minutes, but for most of the time, we paddled in silence. The rhythmic motion of the paddles, combined with the scenery along the creek, was exactly what my guests were hoping for.
So here’s a tip: Consider kayaking for one of the best ways to get “off the beaten path”, where one can find refreshment, relaxation, and exercise all rolled up in one package! It’s a great choice of recreation for all ages – it’s therapy!

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Those who think they can only be happy when the sun is shining have never kayaked in the rain!

My Kayaking Journey

Sun SetWith 2013 behind us, and 2014 already upon us, I find myself reminiscing about experiences on my “kayaking journey” through life. I usually think of myself as being quite adventurous, but I still have the tendency to be a creature of habit, as well. This happens to me when I find a very beautiful and fun place to paddle. I love to experience such a place over and over again! With that being said, I would like to share some of my “journey” with you.
Are you familiar with the Flint River? The area of this river where we paddled ran through part of the Pine Mountains in central Georgia. Smooth rocks, both large and small, can be found for miles along this area of the Flint. In places, as the river flows over those rocks, it forms fast-moving water called “shoals”, which is very fun to paddle! It was here that we would paddle and camp.
One particular fall evening remains very clear to me. The sun was setting behind us with the full moon rising. Rocks stretching across the river formed a shallow dam, and perched on this dam was a flock of Canada geese. Just as the last light of the day was fading, the geese lifted off in unison and flew directly over us! The combination of the setting sun, the rising moon, the chilly air and water, and honking geese was quite exciting. It is all etched in my memory just like a picture painted on canvas. I wondered how I could ever love a place more than this one. Well, it happened!
A few years later, I moved to Florida. Even though I continued to travel to the Flint River, I found myself “falling in love” with the nostalgic Suwannee River. This river flows out of the Okefenokee Swamp, through North Central Florida, and into the Gulf of Mexico. As I paddled on my first Suwannee River trip, I felt like I was betraying my old friend, the Flint. It was beautiful. If you haven’t been there, imagine moss-draped cypress and oaks, grand limestone cliffs, and white sand bars. Add to this picture several large first and second magnitude springs daily gushing millions of turquoise-colored water into this river.
As the sun was setting over the river, I was standing on a bluff looking at the river through an opening in the trees. I was at Peacock Springs, which sets high on a hill overlooking the river, and another picture was being painted in my mind. By now, I had been enjoying the Suwannee for four years, and I knew that I could love more than one river!
Recently, while paddling with some local photographers on one of our Sunset Tours in the waters around Amelia Island, I had yet another special moment. We were paddling on the west side of Tiger Island. The sun was setting and the light was hitting the mossy live oak trees. This created a beautiful scene! I was looking out over the marsh, and remembered a similar evening a few years ago, and a few hundred miles away. But instead of honking geese, I saw great white egrets, herons, gulls, and osprey; not to mention dolphins swimming around us. It was another wonderful experience etched into my memory, and this time, I had some great photographers to help preserve the moment! (You can view some of these pictures at www.facebook.com/ameliaislandkayakexcursions in the album entitled “A Man Living His Dream”). All of these experiences – the Flint, the Suwannee, and the local coastal waters, show me that there is more to experience on my “kayaking journey”.

In closing, all of us at Amelia Island Kayak Excursions enjoy showing people how much fun kayaking can be. It is very special and rewarding for us to see our guests experience for the first time how peaceful and relaxing kayaking really is. We enjoy sharing our passion, and in this New Year, we encourage you to not miss the opportunity to pursue the things you really love, and make special memories of your own! I also want to take this opportunity to thank my Heavenly Father for making all of this great adventure possible for me.
Until later, happy paddling!

Choosing Your Kayak

KayakSince there are many factors involved in choosing the right kayak before your purchase, I will address some of the more important ones.
First, decide where you will be paddling. A kayak that might be suitable for flat water such as rivers, creeks, and lakes, is not the best choice for paddling in the surf or in choppy waters.
Next, consider your paddling experience. Some kayaks are more stable than others. Simply put, the wider the boat, the harder it is to overturn. The longer the boat, the easier it is to track. Tracking is simply how your boat steers while you are paddling. Longer boats track better than shorter boats, since they require less correction effort in steering while paddling.
Then, do you prefer a “sit in” or a “sit on top” kayak? Do you need a long or short one? Will you be doing overnight trips, or just short day trips? As you can see, one has many options to consider.
An informed kayak shopper will not shop with the intention to buy the “cheapest boat you can find.” A “great deal” is not so great if you cannot enjoy what you have bought.
Since there is not one boat that fits every situation, some people solve this dilemma by actually owning two or more boats! This enables them to have more paddling options.
Happy Paddling!

 

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If it seems too good to be true, you must be kayaking!

Kayaking News

Lofton Creek Paddlers

Having Fun on Lofton Creek

Here at Amelia Island Kayak Excursions, we continue to find new ways to have fun! Kayaking is proving to be a doable activity with our guests from 2 years old to 93 years young! Whether we are paddling with couples, families, or groups, we are having a blast sharing the first-time kayaking experience with so many! Seasoned kayakers have joined in on our fun, as well.
This recreational “adventure” that was just a hobby for me, has now become a wonderful and exciting business! There are two things that I dearly love – meeting people and kayaking. Now, I get to enjoy both!
With its cooler weather, the month of October turned out to be our busiest month so far. Now, we are into November, and our tours continue. There’s nothing more invigorating than being out on the water on a cool morning, and seeing the mist rise in the early morning sunlight. This makes getting up early worth the effort! No worries if you aren’t an “early bird”! Our late morning, afternoon, or sunset paddles are available for you.
An exciting addition to our excursions has been the Sunset Tour. We often see curious dolphins swimming nearby, and watch birds flying to their evening roosts. Now, add a beautiful sunset while paddling the Amelia River, and you have an unforgettable experience! I invite you to click on our website’s Facebook link, to see pictures of guests on our Sunset Tour, as well as the other tours we offer.
In closing, I want to thank everyone who has come and paddled with us. We truly appreciate you. And, for those of you who are thinking about kayaking, I encourage you to put us on your “to do” list. We would love to be a part of your visit to our area. Let’s go KAYAKING!

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