Naples, FL The country’s been wringing its hands and turning itself inside out for the past few months and I have to admit that it’s gotten to me from time to time. There’s a lot going on that I don’t approve of….enough that I’ve been questioning myself for not speaking up, for not doing anything about it. So today, the […]

Women’s March 01/21/2017

Sunday, November 29,2015 After spending a great summer in northern Michigan building a happy little house with a friend and living on a quiet lake in the woods, I’m back in Naples for another “season”… the season that the snowbirds come to from the north and east coast for warm air, dolphin watching and salty water. I enjoy being a […]

Another Season In Naples

Naples, FL With all the arctic weather going on up north, Southwest Florida hasn’t escaped the cooler weather this year, either. It’s just not the freezing, gray-day kind. This is the time of year the “snowbirds” migrate south for the winter and even a few days in the 60’s can spoil their vaction. But not so with a kiteboarder I […]

Cool Waters of December

I got an invitation from my friend Jenifer Hall to stay at her little bungalow on Big Pine Key for a few days while her family came for their annual visit. It was a getaway opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I headed across Old Tamiami Trail from Naples on Wednesday morning and enjoyed a quiet ride across the Everglades to […]

The Keys on a Weekday

Dolphin Research Center – Grassy Key – Marathon, FL January 2013: Florida Keys Dolphin Research Center 58901 Overseas Highway Grassy Key, FL 33050  This is a fantastic spot on the bay side of Grassy Key, (Mile Marker 59) – have stopped there twice in the past few months. This is a facility they used to film the movie and TV series “Flipper”. […]

Dolphin Research Center

Key West: A favorite Getaway There’s no place quite like Key West. It’s been a regular getaway for me every few weeks for the past couple of years. The 5 hour drive starts from Naples down The Old Trail (Hwy 41), east through the lower Everglades and starts a backward time-lapse. By the time I’m through Homestead I’m thinking about […]

Exploring Key West

Smallwood’s Store – Pioneer Justice January 1st, 2014 – Chokoloskee, FL I took a sunrise drive into the Everglades this morning and ended up at Chokoloskee Island, the location of Ted Smallwood’s Store (est. 1890). I walked to the spot along the narrow beach where the infamous killing of Edgar Watson took place on a restless October morning in 1910. […]

Ted Smallwood’s Store

Scouting the Florida Keys May 10th, 2013 Took a helicopter ride out of Marathon with my friend Jen on her birthday and got some great photos of the Seven Mile Bridge, Pigeon Key and the blue-green shallows surrounding this middle-ground in the Keys. Marathon started out as the spot that Flagler’s railroad set up headquarters for the completion of the […]

Keys by Helicopter

Researching The History of the Keys February 3, 2013 I’ve been traveling to the Keys almost every weekend – and I’m caught up in the history and the mood, taking notes and enjoying some great new friends. The history of the Florida Keys is colorful and, well, “historic”. Discovered by Juan Ponce de León in 1513 who claimed it for […]

Learning the Florida Keys

[ click on photos to enlarge ] January 2013: Florida Keys The Florida Keys are a series of small islands and “cays” stretching from just south of Miami all the way to Key West, bordered only by the ocean to the south and Florida Bay to the north. In 1905, Henry Flagler, one of the three owners of Standard Oil […]

The Key West Extension