Our mid-winter getaway for this year was truly a fantastic one. We headed out to sunny but chilly Florida with a group of friends to swim with the manatee.
These gentle creatures were curious and playful on this particular Saturday morning. As our group slipped into the 72-degree water, they swam up close and allowed for a little back scratching. Some even turned over as if asking for a tummy rub.
An airboat ride out to the Gulf of Mexico provided thrills and more chills for most of our group, and a visit to the wildlife park for viewing native animals rounded out our afternoon.
On Sunday we had an absolutely perfect day for kayaking down the Ichetucknee River and enjoying the tranquility of a peaceful afternoon.