Florida

    Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame in Hernando, Florida

    11/01/16 •

    Entering the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame in Hernando, Florida made me feel like a kid again, listening to Boston Red Sox games on my grandmother’s Philco radio and hearing the crowd go wild as “The Splendid Splinter” steps to the plate. Shaped like a baseball diamond, the museum is definitely worth…

    Underwater Pictures From a Florida Snorkeling Trip

    11/22/17 •

    In Florida you can go snorkeling in water that is clear enough to take pictures. That’s where these ones were taken. I didn’t use my usual DSLR for these though since the waterproof casing would cost more than the camera. Instead, I borrowed a friend’s point-and-shoot that had a waterproof case. All of these underwater…

    Explore the African Queen Steamboat Docked at Key Largo, Florida

    1/11/18 •

    We were surprised to find the African Queen, the steamboat immortalized in the 1951 movie of the same name, docked in a canal in Key Largo, Florida. Built in England, the 36-foot steel-hulled boat was originally named Livingston and toiled as a ferry on Lake Albert. Those duties were interrupted in 1951 to film the…

    Sumter County Farmers Market, Florida

    2/27/18 •

    Flea markets abound in Florida, but Webster’s extravaganza–among the state’s oldest and largest–astonishes even seasoned flea market goers like me. It’s actually two adjoining markets: the Sumter County Farmers Market (also called the Webster Flea Market) and the Webster Westside Flea Market. Together, they encompass up to 4,000 dealers spread over 55 acres–wear comfortable walking…

    Fort Matanzas National Monument, Florida

    11/30/15 •

    The city of St. Augustine in northeastern Florida is among the oldest settlements in America. And just a short drive away, you can take a free ferry to see little-known Fort Matanzas, built by the Spanish in 1740 to protect the city. The small fort is on an island in the mouth of the Matanzas…

    Like No Other: Homosassaga Springs Wildlife State Park, Florida

    9/10/17 •

    On our annual trip to Florida, a local man told my husband that we had to see Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Homosassa, near central Florida’s Gulf Coast. We’re sure glad we took his advice — it’s like no other state park we’ve ever visited. After a stop at the visitors center, which offers…

    Try Something New: Gatorland in Orlando, Florida

    4/05/17 •

    Exhausted by the frantic pace of central Florida’s theme parks? Gatorland is a delightful change of pace — and only minutes away from those better-known attractions. This 37-acre wildlife preserve is home to more than 1,000 alligators, 200 crocodiles and thousands of birds. It features a three-story observation tower overlooking a 10-acre breeding marsh and…

    Florida Everglades Bird Pictures (2)

    2/16/14 •

    If you like birds, whether to take pictures or to just observe, I highly recommend a trip to the Florida Everglades. The proximity to the coast, mix of fresh and salt water, and lots of brush make it an ideal place for many types of birds. The book, Our National Parks by Reader’s Digest writes…