They’re celebrating the scallop festival this month in Gulf County, Florida. It’s another excuse to visit this largely unvisited part … Continue reading Forgetting yourself on Florida’s gulf coast
The summer vacation season has almost begun. Continue reading “Tivoli Gardens isn’t just for kids”
Our first stop to celebrate Florida’s 500 years of tourism was to the Panhandle. Sure, Ponce de Leon arrived on … Continue reading A Postcard from Holiday Isle, Destin, Florida
When you’re traveling with your family, anything can happen.
Anything did happen to us in 2012. And during the next week, every member of our family will be sharing his or her favorite memories of the year. I hope you’ll join us.
So fasten your seatbelts. Here are a few of my 2012 highlights.
Continue reading “Join us for a nail-biting, exhilarating, totally unexpected 2012 flashback”
The Santa question is almost impossible to avoid at this time of year. It came up again last week, when we were ordering sandwiches at Subway.
The woman in a Santa hat making our turkey flatbread asked my daughter what she was getting for Christmas.
“I don’t know,” said Erysse, looking a little surprised. “Only Santa does.”
Then the sandwich artist smiled and pointed behind us.
“Why don’t you ask him?” she replied. Continue reading “Should we tell our kids the truth about Santa?”
Honestly, we were never really into Daytona Beach. Until now. Continue reading “At the Holiday Inn Resort Daytona Beach Oceanfront”
You can’t help but notice the clusters of oyster boats as you drive across the Apalachicola Bay toward St. George Island.
The distinct silhouettes of oystermen scraping the bay in a scissor-like motion — back and forth, back and forth — is a trademark of this region. On the last tug, the oyster rake emerges from the water and the opening of the claws drops the oysters to the deck.
One man sits near the clusters of oyster at the bow. His taps can be heard from the old St. George Island Bridge as he measure out the keepers for the burlap sacks and tosses the rest back to the bay. Continue reading “Oysters in the Apalachicola Bay”
Erysse offers a point-of-view tour of the new nature center at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve near St. George … Continue reading Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
Citrus season is in full swing in Florida and one of our favorite places to go picking is Showcase of Citrus in Clermont, Fla.
Living in Central Florida for the past seven years and South Florida the previous three, we’ve seen our fair share of farms and groves, but there’s only one that calls us back time and time again.
What makes it so much fun? It’s the open grove. And the monster truck ride.
Continue reading “Fresh oranges and monsters in Florida”
We did the unthinkable yesterday. We dragged the kids Black Friday shopping.
After sleeping through the alarm that we set for 11:30 p.m. so Aren and I could hit the Target midnight promotions, I was awakened with the promise of real coffee closer to 7 a.m.
Continue reading “Black Friday shopping with kids”