Monthly Archive: January, 2014

Florida Caverns State Park

Named for its underground wonders, Florida Caverns State Park provides access to the state’s only air-filled limestone cave. As mentioned previously, the Florida panhandle region is famous for its Karst topography in which… Continue reading

Falling Waters State Park

The panhandle area of Florida is famous for Karst topography, which is characterized by the caves and sinkholes that are formed by the slightly acidic water hollowing out the limestone; the sinkholes are… Continue reading

Tom Brown and Phipps Parks, Tallahassee

After spending the past few weeks on the warm beaches and in warm weather in general, I had the urge to do some hiking in forests with cooler weather, so I headed north.… Continue reading

Fort Pierce, Florida

After leaving the Keys I decided to go back north to Fort Pierce where I had looked into volunteering a few weeks back. The Harvest Food & Outreach Centers provide reduced-cost food, thrift… Continue reading

The Florida Keys, Part 5: Anne’s Beach Park, Islamorada

On my way back to the mainland I stopped for lunch and a walk at Anne’s Beach Park on the island of Islamorada. While not a particularly interesting story, the park itself is… Continue reading

The Florida Keys, Part 4: Big Pine Key, Bahia Honda State Park, and Key Deer Sanctuary

The island of Big Pine Key is home to both Bahia Honda State Park and the Key Deer National Wildlife Sanctuary. Bahia Honda State Park features more beautiful beaches and also a short… Continue reading

The Florida Keys, Part 3: Fort Zachary Taylor State Park

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park on Key West was my favorite place that I visited in the Keys. Away from the crowds and traffic, the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor is an oasis… Continue reading

The Florida Keys, Part 2: Gardens at Fort Martello

One of the first things I came across after arriving in Key West was Fort Martello, a Civil War-era defensive structure now maintained as a public garden by the Key West Garden Club.… Continue reading

The Florida Keys, Part 1: The Beaches

I decided to keep going south next and, after overnighting south of Miami, I ultimately choose to go to the Keys. Let’s just say, wow. Eighty-five degrees, warm sun, picture-perfect beaches, clear waters,… Continue reading

Sanibel and Captiva Islands

On a recommendation from Judi, with whom I hiked The Wave, I headed out to Sanibel and Captiva Islands for the day. Known for their spectacular beaches and abundance of shells, I started… Continue reading