Our gathering of Summer Solstice SUPSisters was very quiet and relaxing! This year, all we did was paddle, play with the weight balls on our boards and talk about how lucky we were to be part of such an amazing group of women.
The one thing I love is that we all get along and our ages are from 32 to 61! My Sister, Darlene made her 2nd Annual Solstice SuP and was glad she did. We also took my Great Niece, Ellie (2 year 11months) out and I taught her to stand in one place on the board. She had had swim lessons previously, which I recommend for all youngsters.
One thing that I’ve learned as a High School teacher that has helped me in life- Be Flexible! While not all things in life are perfect and may not go as planned….it’s never the end of the World.
And of course, any day on the water is a good day!
We’ll be working on our schedule for July & August this week.
Stay tuned to see where you can join our group of Mitten Kitten SUP’rs and Glampers!
The Paddle the Mitten SUP rig, Gretchen in the driver’s seat and Miss 1964 Mitty Kitty in Key Largo.
Erin and I in Chatanooga at the Choo-choo.
I finally figured out that being a SUP Snowbird is the life for me. Not only have I practiced my skills, met new SUP community members and been completely healthier this winter in Florida, but I’ve scouted some great places to take clients for next February and March! My winter started out by having the road trip of a lifetime with Mitten Kitten, Erin from Santa Cruz, California.
We started out on the worse day of the year, January 3rd. It was snowing, freezing rain, sleeting and at one point maybe raining and then back to freezing. Nothing like driving a “rig” on ice. It was a cold trip, Nashville low temps were in the 20s. Erin and I were snug bugs in the little canned ham camper, but there was no paddling in Nashville. But, there was a lot of music and libations. We fell in love with Nashville!
Miss Mavis and her SO.
Another few days on the road, Paula (Deen) tried to kill us with butter in Savannah. We were entertained by the breakfast crew on Tybee Island and felt at home at the local coffee house. The Southern Hospitality is no joke. Everyone was incredible friendly and helpful. We stayed 2 nights on the island and then headed to Titusville, Florida.
We had only one goal in Titusville….to see the rocket launch from Cape Canaveral! Luckily I found a perfect site in the Manatee Hammock campground directly across from the launch site. At 5:25am we dragged ourselves out of bed, walked in silence with the other campers to the waters edge and waited. It was incredible surreal seeing this huge rocket laden with incredible amounts of engineering and science silently lifting up and traveling out of the atmosphere. A Bucket List check for that!
Erin braving the cool January temps on the Indian River Lagoon.
3 of the Special Olympic Athletes in Tavernier Key.
Once we arrived with Miss Mitty Kitty to Jensen Beach, it took a while to settle in. I was itching to get out and paddle, but Mother Nature had other plans. I didn’t wait to get involved with coaching autistic kids paddleboarding. It’s been some of the most rewarding work I’ve done in years. My mentor, Moose Brown of TC Paddle is a Special Olympics Coach and encouraged me to go get training to be a coach also. In March, I went to the Keys and did just that.
Currently, I’m preparing for the move back to Michigan for the summer season. The last week has been some of the best paddling since January. Yesterday the water was like glass, not only in the Indian River Lagoon, but also the ocean was amazingly flat. Gretchen and I went for a walk in the morning and withnessed sharks, dolphins, pompano fish and crabs on the beach. Living by the ocean really is an amazing experience.
Key Largo – upside down jelly fish, coral, dolphins, manatees, angel fish and more.
The Upper Keys are an amazing area with all of the mangrove trails and passageways to the ocean. I spent 4 hours exploring a mangrove trail. Angel fish were one of my favorite sightings. We (Gretchen and I) hung out and sunbathed, paddled and swam.
We left out of Paddle! The Florida Keys, the owner Scott is a super knowledgable guy and his staff is top-notch. I recommend that any one going to that area rent from them and book at tour!
Next year, I’ll be back in the Keys and on the peninsula. I sugguest that if you are serious about joining me for a SUP Adventure to contact me after you read this and begin planning. If you like what you see here, follow up on FB and share with your friends!
February 7, 2015 Ocean Breeze, Florida Spring will be here…it always happens!
We announced the June dates for the two of our events. I apologize that the information has been trickling in. It’s proven to be a struggle to find reliable wi-fi while I am traveling here in Florida. The campgrounds do not all have wi-fi. If you are interested in keeping updated, I post regularly on our Facebook page “Real Bliss Glamping Adventures” and “Paddle the Mitten SUP Michigan, LLC”. Please check us out or sign up for our email updates.
Below are a few details until I post the complete update under our events page:
June 5-7, 2015 is not a designated stand up paddle event, but we will have boards available. It is the International Glamping Weekend, a 3 day Camp-out at Brighton Recreation, Lower Bishop Lake Campground. We have 1 vintage Airstream, 1 vintage Friendship camper and 2 Bell Tents that will be available for accomodations if you do not have your own equipment.
This weekend will include many fun and glamorous things to do. Once in a lifetime thingys!
Our second event in June is our 5th Annual Summer Solstice SUP Weekend! Yes, a full weekend of stand up paddling. Anyone who has joined us in the past will tell you that this weekend is well worth the time, energy and money spent. You can’t buy new friendship and memories like the ones we create!
Paddle the Mitten will be re-locating to Hutchinson Island, Florida January 15th until April 15th. Come join us for shipwreck tours, paddle board yoga, eco-tours thru the mangroves and more. We will be located at the Marriott on Hutchinson Island, faced with the Atlantic Ocean and the intercoastal. To recieve your discount stay code, call Lindy at 810-626-8923 or email firstname.lastname@example.org