Another great thing about living in Gainesville!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors BK3216615

Another great thing about living in Gainesville!


Located smack dab in the middle of North Florida, Gainesville is close to all kinds of nature-related activities.  My favorite one, by FAR, is kayaking.  Athletically challenged to the point of not even being able to throw a Frisbee, I have always made it my mission to avoid all sports-related activities that did not involve sitting down. Especially after the U.S. Olympic Committee delivered a stinging defeat to sitters everywhere when they declined to make lounging an olympic event.

Then we moved to Gainesville, Florida, and I discovered kayaking.

Sure, I'd been once or twice before we moved here.....but living in Gainesville, within striking distance of dozens of lakes and rivers, and being blessed with a subtropical climate, lush vegetation, and TONS of wildlife, the recliner grew less and less appealing in favor of a couple of hours on the water in a boat I couldn't capsize if I tried.

Today's trip?  A two-hour paddle down the Ichetucknee River, with Lars Andersen of Adventure Outpost in High Springs as our guide. A tributary of the Santa Fe River, the Ichetucknee is fed by 9 springs which produce an outflow in excess of 233 million gallons a day.


All types of wildlife call the Ichetucknee Springs area home, including the Silt Snail which lives in a little fenced-off area near Coffee Spring and is found nowhere else on earth.

Ancient mastodon teeth and bones of other extinct animals have been found in and around the Ichetucknee River.


Although I didn't score any prehistoric dental fossils on my trip, I did see slider turtles as big as plates and mullet fish which jump out of the water....nobody knows why.....some speculate it's because of gas...but the mullet's not saying.



If you've never tried kayaking, I urge you to give it a go.  If someone who can't even throw a Frisbee can navigate down a river, you can too.


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Coleen DeGroff, MBA - REALTOR

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Comments (4)

Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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I am in Florida since 1996, and still did not get to kyaking yet, but I read your post, and decided to do it within the next few weeks. I liked your idea of physical exercise while sitting (LOL)

Nov 09, 2009 02:53 PM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Hi Jon,

You'll LOVE it! But....I want to hear a definitive kayaking commitment here.....when will you go, and where??  If you need some ideas, let me know.....great trips out there!! :)  Thanks for stopping by.

Nov 09, 2009 03:08 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

This looks like it would be a blast Collen!  I'm in!  Hey how did your inspection go?

Nov 10, 2009 05:49 AM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Hi Anna,

Thanks for asking! Inspection was on Saturday....but water can't be turned on during the Inspection Part 2 was yesterday.  No word yet....I'll keep you posted! :)

Nov 10, 2009 12:23 PM