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Ybor City — Still Smokin'

Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 | Views [177]

I ONCE SMOKED A CIGAR, ONLY ONCE, and I am pretty sure it didn’t come from Ybor City.  This historic suburb of Tampa was sucked from a cypress swamp by Vincente Martinez-Ybor and other cigar manufacturers around 1880.  Soon immigrants, ... Read more >

Spring Training . . . and Old Timers' Day

Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 | Views [160]

FLORIDA HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE VENUE for MLB’s spring training, only in recent years being challenged by Arizona.  This is the time when the regulars work themselves into playing shape and talented wannabees vie for a chance to make it to “... Read more >

Lettuce Lake Park

Thursday, 9 Mar 2017 | Views [76]

LETTUCE LAKE IS HILLSBORO COUNTY’S most popular park with as many as 3500 visitors on a weekend day.  And with almost as many birds.  But on a weekday morning the place can feel as remote and empty as the Everglades.   ... Read more >

Thonotosassa Is The New Clearwater

Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 | Views [85]

SPACES IN FLORIDA’S RV PARKS ARE AT a premium in winter.  Like migratory birds, many snowbirds return to the same places year after year and reservations are made months in advance.  “Location, location, location” takes second-... Read more >

Sanibel Sea Shells

Monday, 13 Feb 2017 | Views [138]

WE HAVE MADE SEVERAL TRIPS to Sanibel Island for birding in “Ding” Darling.  But Sanibel is also known for quality and variety of shells found along the beaches and an entire subculture combs the beach at low tide, always hopeful for ... Read more >

Ding Darling National Wildlife Sanctuary

Wednesday, 1 Feb 2017 | Views [139]

OUR DAILY BIRDING RECORD for Sanibel is 43 species — 14 of them on one sandbar!  But that was in the fall in a year beset by tropical storms.  While the numbers aren’t as great this winter, birding at Ding Darling National Wildlife ... Read more >

A Mini Reunion

Friday, 20 Jan 2017 | Views [140]

SHADY ACRES CLAIMS TO BE THE GULF Coast’s friendliest RV Resort.  We will have to wait a bit before we can form an opinion.  We moved from Naples to Ft. Meyers on Thursday afternoon and  left for Rockledge, sans 5th wheel, on Friday ... Read more >

The Gulf Coast: Naples

Sunday, 1 Jan 2017 | Views [159]

SPACE AT FLORIDA'S RV PARKS is at a premium in winter with snowbirds reserving a year in advance.  We were lucky to book a month at Club Naples on the west coast, a real bargain with everything we could ask for except location.  Everyplace ... Read more >

Mea Culpa — Again!

Thursday, 1 Dec 2016 | Views [162]

DESPITE MY BEST INTENTIONS, I have let this journal wither on the vine, as it were.  I think it’s a matter of a lack of interest for both writer and reader.  Some of my earlier entries received thousands of views, but then again, the ... Read more >

Photos: Florida

Monday, 7 Nov 2016 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: The Carolinas

Sunday, 2 Oct 2016 | Photo Gallery

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I'll Take American History for $1000, Alex

Friday, 30 Sep 2016 | Views [142]

NEW ENGLAND CLAIMS THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR and the South owns the Civil War, right?  Well, it seems our high school history classes weren’t the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  Or maybe, like my sister swears, we were ... Read more >

Photos: Washington DC and Virginia

Tuesday, 27 Sep 2016 | Photo Gallery

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Catching Up: New England — Boston and Beyond

Thursday, 15 Sep 2016 | Views [198]

WE JUST LISTENED TO A PODCAST ON BBC about the unreliability of our memories. Paraphrasing Ken Kesey, it may be true even if it didn't happen that way.  And I can believe it as I attempt to reconstruct our trip for this blog.  After only two ... Read more >

Photos: New England

Wednesday, 7 Sep 2016 | Photo Gallery

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