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…

Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge

This refuge is in Southwest Florida at the corner of I-75 (Alligator Alley) and 29 in Big Cypress Basin, about 20 miles east of Naples. There are wildlife crossings beneath the adjacent highways allowing animals to access the refuge. When you pull in there’s a small parking lot and a gate. Go through the gate…

Melbourne Beach, FL

The Tour de Turtles Marathon Kickoff took place July 2013 at the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach. Two loggerhead sea turtles were being released with transmitters for the “marathon”, which is actually a series of sea turtle releases with GPS around the Caribbean. The two turtles were Ripley (325 lbs) and Johnny (slightly…

Ziplining in Mariposa, CA

Mariposa is just outside of Yosemite. They call it the gateway to Yosemite. This area has sweeping views, rolling hills, and trails without the park crowds. We ziplined at Yosemite Zipline Adventures off of Highway 140. They take you on a zipline tour of increasingly longer and faster lines, so you alternately walk a little…