A Gift From Nature: Paddleboarding, Family and Peanuts

Every weekend, my family spends at least one day on a paddleboarding adventure. Since we are gone for several hours at a time, we have to pack snacks that are filling, high-energy, and easy to pack in my dry bag and perfect for eating while we are floating in the water.Planter’s peanuts are always in our pack – sometimes we use them in our homemade trail mix, sometimes we just nosh on them plain. 

Last weekend, we hit one of our favorite spots to paddleboard – John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. We love it because it is fairly shallow – meaning no boats, is an excellent place to spot manatees, dolphins, stingrays and a pletero of birds. One this particular trip the fish were going crazy, you couldn’t paddle more than a few feet when a giant fish would jump out of the water. And there were large bait balls everywhere. We felt very lucky to paddle with a pod of dolphins and even saw a stingray jump a few feet out of the water. It was a great start to our day!

After paddling for a few hours, we stopped on a secluded sandbar to rest, swim, hydrate and snack. We defintiely needed an energy burst – we had been paddling against the current all morning. It was nice just to lay in the sand, soak up the sun and munch away. The paddle back was very low-key and relaxing, the current did most of the work for us. We just paddled slowly and watched the baby fish and even a juvenile shark swim by. We definitely feel that living in Florida allows us to experience all of nature’s gifts everyday – we are very lucky!

What is your favorite gift from nature?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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