Crandon Gardens – Key Biscayne, FL

Crandon Gardens is the former site of the Crandon Park Zoo, which was abandoned in 1980. Remnants of the old zoo remain in this park that is now a garden with walking path, lake, and a ton of birds and iguanas.     The garden is located in Crandon Park and is accessible by parking in…

Clam Pass – Naples, FL

This has easily become my new favorite gulf coast beach. It’s off of the main road but easily accessible and has features that make it different from many beach experiences.     Clam Pass is a county park, so it has its own parking lot with an $8 fee. I’d scoff at the price but…

Sanibel Island, FL

My current love interest and I drove to Sanibel on a whim while on a day trip to the gulf coast. He had never seen a sunset from the west before, so we spent the day exploring Sanibel then headed an hour south to Naples. Sanibel is not the cheapest day trip; start with a…

Ragged Point – Big Sur, CA 

Ragged Point is located at the south end of the Big Sur area. This trail is so, so tight. A truly unexpected gem. The area is a tourist stop, but most tourists just look at the views without taking the steep trip down to the cove below.  On Highway 1 there are signs for…