Green Cay Nature Center, FL

July 2014 Green Cay in Boynton Beach, FL is one of these wetland preserves with a boardwalk trail that you find around South Florida. This one is pretty big and has a few boardwalk loops for meandering. I didn’t see any gators but saw tons of birds and turts. I recommend going to these places…

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.…

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…

Crystal River, FL

In March 2013 my friend Carrie and I went to Crystal River to swim with manatees. There are manatees all over Florida but this is a particularly good area to see and swim with them because there are a shit ton that migrate there in the winter months. In Crystal River there are a bunch…

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.…