The Florida Keys 

The thing about the keys is that there are hundreds of them, it’s not just Key West like people think. I read that there are 1700 keys. 1700 separate islands. Hot dang. Rather than post separately about different areas of interest, I’m encompassing all of a day’s adventures into a single tale of intrigue and…

Kayaking in Rookery Bay, Naples, FL

I came across Up a Creek Kayak tours by googling “sunset paddling in south Florida.” This was a great find and a beautiful kayak tour. We did the full moon paddle in November, and the weather was perfect. We met at a small put-out that is part of the water trail system and kayaked for…

Blue Spring State Park, Orange, FL (summer)

Blue Spring is one of the places in Florida I’ve been to that’s cool throughout the year. In the winter you can view hundreds of manatees chilling hard. Around April it’s filled with fireflies at night. During the summer it’s fun to swim in the water, rent tubes, and stroll along the boardwalk, which is…

Shark Valley – Everglades National Park, FL

Shark Valley is a 15-mile paved loop trail in Everglades National Park off of Highway 41.    There’s a tram that goes around the loop, but taking it is kind of ridiculous when you can rent or bring a bike unless you’re in a time crunch. The first half of the loop runs along the…

Pinnacles National Monument

Pinnacles was a national monument when I was there but I hear it’s been upgraded to a national park. It’s near Soledad, CA in central CA. This is where you go to see condors. The best time to go is during the winter months either early in the morning or before the sun goes down.…

Morro Bay, CA

The entire central California coast is the shit. My mom and I camped at the Morro Bay State Park Campground in November 2012 over Thanksgiving. The campground itself is nice because it’s not too busy, there are lots of trees, it’s right along the bay so you’re right next to the beach without having to…