Category Archive: Florida

Caspersen Beach, Florida

Most of the days I was in the Venice area I spent at Caspersen Beach, a natural beach farther out on the barrier island from some of the more popular spots. Though the… Continue reading

Beaches Near Venice, Florida

After leaving Myakka State Park I made my way down the gulf coast exploring beaches until I reached the Venice area. Luckily my need for some time to reflect coincided with my arrival… Continue reading

Myakka River State Park, Florida

I had been thoroughly enjoying my time in Florida lounging on beaches and reading but I couldn’t ignore the desire to go on a real hike — as opposed to nature trails or… Continue reading

Turtles! George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

I came upon the nature park while I was driving and looking for a spot to have breakfast. Since rain was imminent and I had no intent other than to read in my… Continue reading

Fort De Soto Park and The Sunshine Skyway Bridge

I actually went to Fort De Soto Park two days in a row. The large park has plenty of space, more than one beach, walking trails, places to refill gallon water containers, and… Continue reading

Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

I began my morning at Honeymoon Island State Park by walking the 2.2 mile Osprey Trail, a loop through barrier island flatwood forest that is home to multiple species of birds – so… Continue reading

Crystal River State Archaeological Site, Florida

The Crystal River Archaeological site is a pre-Colombian complex of six burial and temple mounds (and one midden) that surround a central plaza. Occupied continuously from around 200 BC, the site provides invaluable… Continue reading

Swimming with Manatees!

My decision to head to Crystal River, Florida was a deliberate one: I was on a mission to swim with manatees. So, before sunrise on my second full day in Florida I boarded… Continue reading

Crystal River, Florida and the Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins

The last week of January I traveled to the Crystal River area on the gulf coast of Florida where I wandered around for a few days exploring some short trails in the Crystal… Continue reading

Mission San Luis de Apalachee

The Mission San Luis de Apalachee was first built by the Spanish in 1633, housing both Franciscan friars and Spanish soldiers in addition to the Apalachees until its abandonment in 1704 due to… Continue reading