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Kayaking on the Loxahatchee

Updated: Dec 13, 2018

After Everglades National Park, my second favorite place in Florida is Riverbend Park, on Indiantown Road in Jupiter. Whether you want to bike, hike, or paddle, the park offers 665 acres of natural Florida landscape.

We met Mike and Karen for lunch at Guanabanas, an island-themed restaurant with tables located under thatched roofs overlooking the Intracoastal. Intrigued by the Blood Mary bar, I built myself a healthy version packed with veggies, olives, and cheese––a complete meal, loaded with vitamins to counteract the effects of the alcohol.

We rented kayaks and paddled our way through the twists and turns of an enchanted landscape, along sloughs overhung with a dense canopy of swamp species, including bald cypress, saw palmetto, Virginia willow and laurel oak. You might meet an alligator or two, and we did, but they seemed content to sun themselves on the shore.

We slept over at Wayne and Sally's (again). We are so grateful to be welcomed into their home, to share meals, take hot showers and do the laundry. Sally knits and sews, creating whimsical clothes for humans and dogs, as well as wonderful purses. I bought an adorable bunny-themed sweater for Juniper and a handmade purse for myself. If you want to buy one of Sally's creations, you can reach her at

We hope our rudder will be reattached this week so that we can get back in the water. Meanwhile, the weather is decidedly unfavorable for crossing the Gulf Stream––the storms dumping snow on North Carolina are bringing powerful north winds to the Atlantic that must be avoided. I am studying Chris Parker's "Coastal and Offshore Weather" while reading, among other books, Alan Lightman's "The Accidental Universe," which juxtaposition makes me think about the "butterfly effect"––the question posed by Edward Lorenz, who famously wondered whether the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil can set off a tornado in Texas. Because complex dynamic systems exhibit unpredictable behaviors, small variances in initial conditions can have profound and divergent effects on outcomes. We are continually subject to such so-called "chaotic" events: Had a fishing vessel not entered a channel in North Carolina with outriggers extended, we would not be laid up at a boatyard in Fort Lauderdale. But we are, and as a result, we get to explore new places and nurture important relationships. And wait.

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