Farewell Summer!

It’s official, my favorite season is in the past, summer is over. To celebrate the last day of summer, Alison and I took a little canoe trip down the Wekiva River on Saturday morning. The Wekiva is a spring fed river in the heart of Central Florida and I’ve been there a few times throughout the years. Knowing that we weren’t the only ones wanting to live it up on the last day of summer, we headed out pretty early and got to the river around 9:15 a.m. OK so maybe it wasn’t that early.

When we pulled up to the store where we pay to rent a canoe, there were a few folks standing outside looking a little confused. The store was supposed to open at 9:00 a.m., but I guess someone overslept and the manager didn’t show up to open the place until close to 10:00 a.m. Once we got inside he told everyone that had been waiting outside that our first 2 hours were free! I was like “heck yea!” patience paid off and we got a free canoe trip out of being there early before the crowds and having fun while we waited.

Finally, we set off down the river to have some fun. OK you caught me, I had a small alterior motive to finish testing some Dry Case products I was sent. Nonetheless we were off on our last summer adventure and Alison was quick to snatch my phone. You see, I hate the “selfie” ever since it became popular when I was a sophomore in high school, thanks to myspace. This is a major contributing factor as to why you hardly see any pictures of Alison and me together because when you’re on an adventure, there typically aren’t too many people off the beaten path to take your picture. She managed to snag a few selfies of us and aside from the fact that they’re selfies, these would have to be some of my favorite.Alison Coffey and Justin Fricke The Weekend Warrior on the last day of summer 2013Photo Sep 21, 10 52 10Photo Sep 21, 10 52 04

If you follow me on Instagram, you would’ve seen that I kept steering us into lily pads, so I picked a lily pad so Alison to say “I’m sorry.” Doesn’t matter who you are, that’s romance folks…ha!Justin Fricke picking an apology lily pad

We had tons of fun exploring the river and we even ventured off to another river that goes to Rock Springs State Park. We paddled for a while until we got tired of going against the current. Then we just drifted back to the Wekiva River…kinda nice after it felt like our arms were about to fall off.

Everything was going great until I thought we had a ton of speed built up and could paddle right over a log that was blocking part of the river (mind you, we were paddling against the current at this point). We ended up getting stuck and we weren’t paddling our way out of this one. I had the bright idea of getting out of the canoe, standing on the log and pushing Alison and the canoe off the log. It was a great idea until I had to get back in, when my gracefulness, or lack thereof, came back to bite me in the butt when I almost flipped the canoe. Luckily that didn’t happen and we were able to provide entertainment to a couple groups of canoes and kayaks coming down the river.

We had to head back a little early since we had a couple family functions to go to, but it was on overall win for us on the last day of summer.

What’d you do for your last day of summer?


  1. says

    Your last day of summer sounds like so much fun!! I went hiking in the mountains among the fall colors. It was an amazing sunny blue day and the colors were amazing. Nothing like standing on top of a mountain. It was a nice last day of summer but I’m ready for fall and winter. It actually snowed here yesterday! And yes, giving someone a lily pad is totally romantic! It’s the thought that counts…


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