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Exploring Florida, Tomalin-style

Treasure Island resident Mary Meyers, 83, leads a four-day, four-river tour in west-central Florida. She and a half-dozen friends, ages 67-88, are doing their third annual paddle of the Weeki Wachee, Sante Fe, Withlacoochee and Rainbow rivers this week. They do it for themselves, and to honor Terry Tomalin, the Tampa Bay Times’ late outdoors editor who left a legacy to embrace fears and explore Florida and the world. “We are exploring Florida,” Meyers said. “At this age, we have no fears … except for the nursing home.” The group spent the first day covering just over 7 miles of the crystal clear Weeki Wachee river, spotting turtles and herons and admiring cypress and maple trees. “It’s just such a privilege to be out here,” said Orlando’s Anne Jones, 88, who began kayaking at 75. See more on the All Eyes photo blog at tampabay.com.

LARA CERRI | Times

Treasure Island resident Mary Meyers, 83, leads a four-day, four-river tour in west-central Florida. She and a half-dozen friends, ages 67-88, are doing their third annual paddle of the Weeki Wachee, Sante Fe, Withlacoochee and Rainbow rivers this week. They do it for themselves, and to honor Terry Tomalin, the Tampa Bay Times’ late outdoors editor who left a legacy to embrace fears and explore Florida and the world. “We are exploring Florida,” Meyers said. “At this age, we have no fears … except for the nursing home.” The group spent the first day covering just over 7 miles of the crystal clear Weeki Wachee river, spotting turtles and herons and admiring cypress and maple trees. “It’s just such a privilege to be out here,” said Orlando’s Anne Jones, 88, who began kayaking at 75. See more on the All Eyes photo blog at tampabay.com.

Exploring Florida, Tomalin-style 11/01/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 8:39pm]
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