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Hundred Acre Wood

Saturday, I wandered around trails at Blackwater River State Park near Holt. The recent rains made everything extra soggy, so I was grateful for the beam boardwalks wending through the woods. And… yes, I did execute my best Olympic gymnast dismount arm flourish when I reached the end of each segment without falling off into…

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Conservation Park

Professor Google rescued me once again. I’ve visited so many of my nearby state parks, and so often, that I really wanted to find someplace new. Perusing the Florida National Trails website, I found just what I wanted. A local park (with an hour’s drive), and a hidden gem. If you don’t know where this…

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Moss in the trees

I ambled around Eden Gardens State Park this week, enjoying the nature trails there – a hidden treasure that not many people realize are there. The park’s main feature is the rose and camellia gardens, and the old estate, Wesley House. It’s all very Antebellum. The paths were free of traffic, and the weather, for…

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Treasures from the sea

At the risk of jinxing it, Sunday dawned cloudless, sunny and warm. It was just what I needed to pull me out of my winter blues. I headed to the beach and was welcomed with wide open sand and calming ocean breezes. The rest of the week promises to be as beautiful. This weekend’s photo…

orange striped shell

2013: A year in photos

These past two weeks were hectic and crazy with all the Christmas prep. A near constant drizzle added a dreary dimension. I stayed inside most of the time trying to stay warm and dry, and working like a maniac to get handmade gifts finished and mailed in time for the holidays. I wasn’t completely successful,…

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Graceland

Purchased for only $100,000 in early 1957, Graceland is almost as iconic as its famous owner, Elvis. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006 My fam made the pilgrimage to the King’s Memphis house to help our daughter cross off one of her Bucket List items. We wandered around the sprawling “farmhouse” listening…

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Longleaf Pines

Whenever I drive through Santa Rosa Beach, along scenic Highway 30A, I pass a sign, “for trail parking.” Until today, I thought that was for the bike trail that runs parallel to the highway. My daughter and I are planning a day-long bike ride soon, so I decided to check out the site. To my…

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The Truman Show

This weekend, I invited a friend to join me on a drive out to Seaside. For movie trivia buffs, Seaside is the actual cottage community in Northwest Gulf Coast Florida where “The Truman Show” was filmed. It really does look like a movie backdrop. Our intention was to hike around Grayton Beach, then check out…