Real Florida Adventures in Sebring

Our relocation from the Tampa Bay area to the historic inland town of Sebring was a mere 65 miles, but that was plenty of opportunity for Google Maps to attempt to kill us yet again. We’ve had far too much experience with Google Maps encouraging us to take tiny back roads to cut a corner … Read more Real Florida Adventures in Sebring

Cigars, Surrealism, and Socializing in Tampa Bay

After a glorious stretch of camping at the beach in two places along Florida’s Panhandle, it was time for us to start heading down the peninsula to the Tampa Bay area. Unlike the Panhandle, which was mostly new to us, Tampa Bay is familiar. My aunts, uncles, and cousins have lived in the area for … Read more Cigars, Surrealism, and Socializing in Tampa Bay

Digging the Island Vibes on St. George Island

After our beach-intensive stop in Pensacola, we headed further east, skimming the southern edge of Florida’s panhandle along scenic Highway 98. We had not previously visited very much of the panhandle and it was fascinating to see the variety of different communities strung along the lovely coastline. The panhandle beachfront has everything from modest little … Read more Digging the Island Vibes on St. George Island

Christmas Week in Houston

From reading the news, I get the impression that some of our fellow Americans would consider it a sign of the apocalypse if they pulled into a state park campground and discovered that their neighbors were a Chinese family and the over-the-air TV options included several stations in Vietnamese. This is exactly what happened to … Read more Christmas Week in Houston

Stalking Cranes at Goose Island

After leaving Padre Island our journey north along the coast presented a few routing choices, mainly because watery areas like barrier islands and coastal marshes tend to have limited roads and bridges. The Texas Department of Transportation operates two ferries as part of the state road system, one crossing Aransas Pass at the north end … Read more Stalking Cranes at Goose Island