Visiting a Time Capsule from the Era of the Bay

The weekend’s nice weather inspired us to visit one of the smallest destinations in the Florida State Park system, The Barnacle Historic State Park. The Coconut Grove property was the home of Ralph Munroe, one of the earliest pioneers in the Miami area. Like many of today’s visitors, he came to the area in search … Read moreVisiting a Time Capsule from the Era of the Bay

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

More Historic Structures at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

We keep returning to the theme of Miami history as an area of personal interest — it helps to have ancestors who were pioneers in the area — and also because we are contrarians and history seems to be a quirky interest in Miami, a city devoted to all things shiny and new. Unlike many … Read moreMore Historic Structures at Bill Baggs Cape Florida 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

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