Wordless Wednesday: Stroll through Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Fla.
Over the weekend I visited the beautiful Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Fla., with the primary purpose of smelling that rare, stinky flower in bloom. Having traveled an hour’s drive (one way), I decided to make the most of the visit and spent an hour walking the grounds and soaking up the bountiful blooms. […]Continue Reading
Wordless Wednesday: Travel Matters!
Happy National Travel & Tourism Week! As I’ve mentioned in a post last month, May 5 – 13, 2012, is the day to celebrate the power of travel.Continue Reading
Wordless Wednesday: Saying ‘Hello’ to the U.S. Navy Blue Angels
If ya live in Southwest Florida then you certainly know the 32nd Annual Florida International Air Show took place last weekend at the Punta Gorda Airport. The show dazzled attendees with amazing aerobatics, military jet demonstrations, historic displays and other exhibits. Thursday before the show, not only did I have an incredible flight experience with […]Continue Reading
Wordless Wednesday: Stunning Siesta Key Sunset
Sadly, I don’t take advantage of my coastal location to enjoy the nightly sunsets. It seems they’re only a scheduled event when I have visitors from out of town. Last Friday, I enjoyed this Siesta Key sunset spectacular with my mom at the corner of Beach Road and Avenida Messina. It reminded me a very […]Continue Reading
Wordless Wednesday: Here Gator, Gator in the Florida Everglades
Looking for a place in Florida to spot alligators? Although not a guarantee – since gators are wild animals – Shark Valley in Everglades National Park is a pretty good bet to spot one. Alligators are pretty cool animals and definitely need to be respected. Enjoy these snapshots of the prehistoric reptile in all its […]Continue Reading
Wordless Wednesday: Equine-azzi in Punta Gorda for Budweiser Clydesdales
For more than 75 years, majestic Budweiser Clydesdales have been the symbol of Anheuser-Busch and today (March 7, 2012) two of the 10-member team made an appearance in Punta Gorda, Fla. Between noon and 2 p.m., the horses were available for photos and petting, although I did see people kissing one. I didn’t get close […]Continue Reading
Wordless Wednesday: Backstage at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, Fla.
Last month I had the honor of hearing Harvard Economist Professor Roland Fryer speak at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (NOT pronounced like “van weasel”) in Sarasota. His presentation on economics and race was fascinating and what made the evening more interesting was was watching him speak as I sat backstage of the Van […]Continue Reading
Wordless Wednesday: 2012 Florida Scrub-Jay Festival, Oscar Scherer State Park, Osprey, Fla.
Saturday, Feb. 4 was the Third Annual Florida Scrub-Jay Festival at Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey, Fla., a one-day event with music, educational panels, vendors and guided walks to celebrate the Sunshine State’s unique bird. In my post about birding in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, I blogged about some of the cool […]Continue Reading
Wordless Wednesday: Sunday Afternoon in Historic Burns Square in Sarasota, Florida
Although I’ve lived in Sarasota I admit I’m always discovering something new when visiting. It’s been a while since I’ve really explored the Historic Burns Square neighborhood and on Sunday, prior to the rally for Rick Santorum, conditions were right for an afternoon amble. The sun was shining bright, temperature was perfect and the retro-chic […]Continue Reading
Wordless Wednesday: One Gator, Two Gators, Three Gators, Four…Babcock Wilderness Adventures
Earlier this week I was back out at Babcock Wilderness Adventures in Punta Gorda, Florida, for a meeting which included a tour of the working cattle ranch and Telegraph Swamp. I never get tired visiting the place and always spot something new. Having lived more than three years in Everglades National Park, I have a […]Continue Reading