Enjoying the Silence at Shark Valley in Everglades NP

  It’s hard to believe that we have been living full time in Miami for over a year, and had not yet visited the Everglades from our new home base. Miami has the distinction of bordering two of the most unique national parks in the country — the underwater wonderland of Biscayne National Park and … Read moreEnjoying the Silence at Shark Valley in Everglades NP

In Search of Fall Colors at Stone Mountain State Park

I was in North Carolina for meetings and had the chance to spend a half day at the scenic Stone Mountain State Park in Roaring Gap, NC. This park is not to be confused with Stone Mountain in Georgia. The North Carolina park has no bas relief carvings of confederate generals, no laser light shows, … Read moreIn Search of Fall Colors at Stone Mountain State Park

Key Largo by Sea: John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The second day of our Key Largo adventure featured water — the main reason to visit the Keys. The destination of the day was John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, a state park whose best features are on and under the water. It was a chilly (for Florida) day so we scheduled a snorkeling trip … Read moreKey Largo by Sea: John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

2016 Dawns on South Beach

Our tradition is to begin each new year before dawn on an east-facing beach, watching the sun rise in the renewal of the year. January 1 is an arbitrary marking of the planet’s journey around the sun, but we like having a compelling reason to visit the beach at least once each year. We begin each new year making unrealistic resolutions about making more time to see the ocean, and new year’s morning usually ends up being both our first and last visit to the beach each year. So making and breaking resolutions begins on January 1, with our typical efficiency.

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