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

Lovers Key State Park

After spending such a delightful day at the beach I decided to cross over to the Gulf side the following day. Arriving midday I toured a few beaches and then settled in for… Continue reading

Juno Beach

The next day was sunny and warm and it seemed like a perfect day to spend lounging on the beach. Juno Beach was a delightful combination of soft white sand, warm aquamarine water,… Continue reading

Random Sights and Canaveral National Seashore

Continuing to make my south I stopped at Fort Matanzas National Monument but the ferry that transports visitors to the island where the fort is located was closed due to wind. The nature… Continue reading

St. Augustine Lighthouse

Built in 1874, The St. Augustine Lighthouse is the most recent iteration of the original lighthouse commissioned by the state of Florida in 1824, and continues a tradition of lighthouses and watchtowers in… Continue reading

Little Talbot Island State Park and Jacksonville Beach

I passed through Talbot Islands State Parks on my way south along A1A, having a late breakfast among the gnarled trees of a coastal hammock that abutted a white sandy beach that was… Continue reading

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Leaving Rhode Island I headed south along I-95 until I crossed into Florida where I randomly found my way to Fernandina Beach. My late afternoon arrival coincided with a heavy, pale cloud cover… Continue reading

Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City

Built in 1856, the Battery Point Lighthouse, also known as Crescent City Lighthouse, is an active lighthouse in Crescent City, California operating as a private navigational aid for vessels and is manned by… Continue reading

Redwoods, Part 4: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Located to the north of the national park, the Jedediah Smith State Park redwood forests have a similar feel to the coastal groves of Prairie Creek though these forests lay further inland and… Continue reading