Fighting an Invasion … with Recipes

Florida’s subtropical climate creates a unique ecosystem that is, unfortunately, ripe for invasion by plants, animals and insects from similar climates around the world. Filling South Florida with invaders from tropical areas is a time-honored tradition — many pioneers came to Florida specifically to grow tropical plants such as coconut palms and pineapples. One of … Read moreFighting an Invasion … with Recipes

Flying Insects! (The Non-Creepy Kind)

Outside of honeybees and perhaps ladybugs, most insects don’t get a lot of love, and the flying kind are particularly unwelcome.  (Termites, biting flies and roaches = blech!) The major exception is butterflies, which seem to be universally beloved. Everyone loves butterflies, including us. We found a South Florida destination devoted to butterflies that features … Read moreFlying Insects! (The Non-Creepy Kind)

Helping Save Critters at SFWC

I had the opportunity through work to spend a day volunteering at and learning about the South Florida Wildlife Center, a top notch trauma hospital for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife located on a surprisingly serene property just north of the Ft. Lauderdale airport. When Florida’s native peoples and early pioneers roamed the area, the … Read moreHelping Save Critters at SFWC

Key Largo By Land: Windley Key State Park

A tiny state park combining botany, geology and Florida history? Sounds great! Windley Key Fossil Reef Geologic State Park packs a lot into a small area.     Located just north of Islamorada, the park is located on a small key that features some of the highest elevations in the Keys — which is not … Read moreKey Largo By Land: Windley Key State Park

Key Largo by Land: Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

Since 2015 did not afford us any opportunities to travel (4 moves in one year will do that to your vacation plans) we are hoping to treat ourselves better in 2016. The first step was planning — and actually executing — a long weekend in Key Largo. Although it’s only 70 miles from our home … Read moreKey Largo by Land: Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center