Orlando Travel Tips – 7 Places for Nature Lovers

Disclosure: This post was created in collaboration with InterContinental Hotels Group. As always, all experiences and opinions are my own. When researching for travel tips to Orlando, the vast majority of information you'll find relates to the bazillion theme parks in the area. Most people visiting Orlando are there to do just that, but what if you need a break from mice and wizards? I … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #46 – Key West & On The Road

The ten days we were in our little RV oasis in Key West were simply perfect. One day blended into the next. I didn't know the dates, most times I didn't know the day.  It was exactly what I needed.  We had done something similar for ten days at Newport Beach on the coast, but it was a little different - cold, foggy, without internet.  I read lots of books and watched lots of CNN. This time, in … [Read more...]

Rocket Launch(!) at Kennedy Space Center

After visiting Kennedy Space Center for the first time two weeks prior, Mr. Misadventures and I found ourselves back at the complex to knock an item off our bucket list - a rocket launch!  Maybe we don't qualify as space geeks. I'm not sure what the qualifications are. We love SciFi movies and TV shows, but you won't find us at a Trek convention.  However, we do love NASA and we're following the … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #45 – Key West

I hope all my American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday.  For my friends in Paris and beyond, hope it was a good Thursday ;-) We tried to go to the beach.  And we succeeded.  We arrived at 8:00 a.m. to get a good spot at Bahia Honda State Park. We got a great spot, in fact we were the only ones there! But then at 9:30 it started pouring down rain and we were forced home.  … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #44 – Ft. Myers

It's been a super fun, jam-packed week! Monday we visited the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, a 2.25 mile nature trail created by the Audubon Society. We saw birds, a beautiful dragonfly and some adorable raccoons. They were much smaller than the huge city raccoons we had trouble with in Berkeley! It's a shorter walk but I still prefer the Six Mile Cypress Slough (which we visited twice last week). … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #43 – Ft. Myers

When I last left you we were headed to Orlando for a Freightliner appointment. That appointment was for a 2-3 hour service beginning at 9 a.m. We left at 4:30! The bright spot of our day was finding an amazing barbecue place for lunch, but other than that it pretty much sucks to be at the mercy of a mechanic. Leaving at the time we did put us right in the middle of commute traffic as we … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #42 – On the Road in Florida

We left (ran actually from) Red Bay on Saturday. By all rights we should had stayed a few more days, but we couldn't take it anymore and the remaining things we wanted fixed can wait.  Because we needed to be in Orlando on Friday (for our engine to be serviced - getting an appointment was an ordeal in itself ) we decided to take the southern coast route.  A night in Mobile (Alabama), three … [Read more...]

Discovering Art and Culture in Gainesville

Yes, you read that right! It’s not just Gators country. The arts and culture scene in Gainesville, Florida is off the wall…literally! The urban arts scene in particular permeates the college town, including an incredible murals project that can be seen and enjoyed throughout the city. I know. When most of you think Florida, your mind drifts to beaches and turquoise, tropical waters. And … [Read more...]

My Panama City Beach Bucket List

Turquoise blue or light emerald green, whatever the exact color is, it captivates me. When I think of Florida, it is this color that instantly appears in my mind. Quite honestly it is the only place in the world (and I have been to a lot of places) that does this to me.  The photo above, taken in Florida, is one of my favorite photos I've taken. I love the color of the sea. I never expected … [Read more...]

Ft. Lauderdale Day Trips with Gators and Flamingos

I was completely unplugged during my Thanksgiving cruise through the eastern Caribbean, I didn't even take that many photos.  Considering most of our time was spent on the beach and not exploring the ports, I didn't bring my camera on most days.  We returned to port in Ft. Lauderdale at 7 a.m. but didn't have a flight home until 5 in the evening so we decided to find something to do to kill the … [Read more...]