Natural Bridge Caverns, Texas

This cave is the largest one in Texas and very, very cool.  I love exploring caves (on guided tours, not crawling around on my own) and I’ve been to many of them here in the U.S., as well as in Mexico and Switzerland.  This one is the most interesting one I’ve seen, ever. A natural limestone slab bridge with a span of about 60 feet … Continue reading Natural Bridge Caverns, Texas

Dry Tortugas National Park

I have one of those Passport books issued by the National Park Service.  You know, the kind where you stamp the passport at each park you are lucky enough to see?  It’s a fun way to document your travels, and it’s even more fun when you get a stamp from one of the parks that is less visited.  Dry Tortugas is definitely one of those … Continue reading Dry Tortugas National Park

Key West, Florida

Key West is crazy big time fun.  I was surprised how much there was to do, since my impression before going there was just fish, party, sleep, repeat. It’s definitely a fishing paradise, and from the drive down the Overseas Highway, I assume that is true in most of the Keys.  Key West does seem to be filled with people living a life of days … Continue reading Key West, Florida

The Everglades

The Everglades is huge.  I mean, I knew that from looking at the maps (1.5 million acres), but it didn’t really sink in until I drove to the park entrance and the ranger said, “Welcome to the Everglades.  Your campground is straight ahead on this road forty miles down.”  Ten minutes later, my cell phone coverage went out, and didn’t return until two days later … Continue reading The Everglades

The Everglades: River of Grass

“There are no other Everglades in the world.” Those are the introductory words of the famous book, “The Everglades: River of Grass”, written in 1947 by Marjory Stoneman Douglas (April 7, 1890 – May 14, 1998).  They are considered to be the most famous words ever written about the Everglades, and the book itself is a delightful description of what once was, and was almost lost. … Continue reading The Everglades: River of Grass

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

The Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is about 30 miles east of Naples, and is an incredibly accessible way to view the Everglades ecosystem.  The 2.5 mile walk along elevated boardwalks takes you through “pine flatwoods, wet prairie, around a marsh, and finally into the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America”.  There is an abundance of wildlife to observe, and plenty of spots along … Continue reading Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Naples Botanical Garden

The Naples Botanical Garden is a wonderful blend of both wild and trained.  Walking through the 170 acres of both small gardens and sweeping views, it’s hard to believe that just ten years ago, this garden did not exist. After more than a decade of planning, construction began in 2008 as the lakes were dug and the land was sculpted into shapes that would give … Continue reading Naples Botanical Garden

Fort Sumter National Monument

  A visit to Fort Sumter was a terrific way to start my big trip.  It’s located on an island in the Charleston harbor, and is accessed via a ferry ride from either Patriot’s Point on the Mount Pleasant side, or from Liberty Square in Charleston.  I left from Patriot’s Point, and as the ferry pulled away from the dock, I found my way to … Continue reading Fort Sumter National Monument

The Women’s March on Washington

  I worked as a ballot clerk on Election Day in November of 2016.  It was a wonderful experience and I finally got to see first hand how the voting process works, how the integrity of it is carefully protected at the local level, and how people of different political views come together to make sure everything is fair and runs smoothly.  I’m lucky to … Continue reading The Women’s March on Washington