Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Warm Weather Activities Return

© photo copyright Carrie Boyko

Tanner Enjoys a Double Fetch
in Warmer Pool Water

With temperatures back in the upper 80s here in Central Florida, Tanner is swimming for longer periods each day. No more shivering while he fetches; the water is quite nice for him.

Tanner's buddy, Oliver, needs warmer air and water to enjoy a good swim. Topping out under 9 pounds, Oliver's body mass is not sufficient for him to swim comfortably. When the water temperature reaches 80 degrees, he'll be back in the pool, doing his fox imitation. For now, he enjoys chasing crawly, hopping things in the grass during his outdoor play time.

© photo copyright Carrie Boyko

Oliver is Content

to Enjoy Chasing Bugs in the Grass

Until Summer Warms the Pool

The lake I live on is proof that Summer is almost here. Our neighborhood beach, where sunbathers occasionally visited during the winter, is now frequented by swimmers and boaters of all types. Kayaks, canoes and ski boats are all taking their turns in the water, enjoying the thrills that each provide.

Nearby, in one of our state parks, we plan to canoe the Wekiva River again soon. On my last trip, my photo opportunities were diminished when the camera slid to the other end of the canoe. Too bad I did not get a picture of the Alligator or the Gray Heron. Hopefully, this time I'll be able to share some of our wildlife here in Florida.

Canoeing is a wonderful way to get back to nature. Watching the fish and turtles swim by is peaceful, while larger creatures can give you quite a thrill. Green fun like this is 5 minutes away and costs a pittance. For $11 a person, you get the canoe and gear for 4 hours of exercise and nature. If hiking isn't your thing, check out canoe rentals in your area. How many species of birds can you identify? You won't regret it.

If you're interested in checking out the action at your local dog park, I've got just your ticket. I recently posted two articles on Green Family Fun: Let's Visit the Dog Park, Part I and Part II, with a third coming at the end of the month. You'll find these at the link just above, or check out Central Florida Green Guide.

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