Wakodahatchee Wetlands, FL

Wakodahatchee Wetlands is not the largest of these wetland preserves, but this is where I’ve seen the most wildlife. Waka (as we call it) is located on Jog Rd in Delray Beach, FL, a mere 7ish minutes from Green Cay Wetlands. There is a almost-a-mile long boardwalk trail that loops around the ponds, marshes, and…

Matheson Hammock Park, FL

Matheson Hammock is a Miami-Dade County park south of Coral Gables. This is another one of those parks that I found by looking on a map and driving to see what the green blob was. There is a $5/car fee, then once you drive in you can go toward the marina or follow the road…

Okeeheelee Park, FL

June 20, 2014 Around this time of year in a South Florida you can expect a warm and sunny morning/early afternoon followed by a dark and stormy late afternoon/evening. We were looking for somewhere close and quick to spend a few morning hours meandering and kayaking and chose Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, FL.…

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…

John D. Macarthur Beach State Park, FL

Paddleboarding through Macarthur Beach State Park, but not technically by going to the state park. We rented boards through South Florida Paddle, which is a mobile company that you meet on the side of A1A on Singer Island just south of the actual park entrance. I’ll have my own board eventually and plop in whenever…

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.…