We always love visiting Miami—It is like visiting a foreign country without having a passport! We started going to Miami in the late 1980’s to visit its’ gardens and museums including a several year stint volunteering at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden that began with Hurricane Andrew cleanup. As a part of these many adventures we got to learn more about Miami when we joined the History Miami Museum.
For several years now I have been a Legacy Member of the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.They have started resuming their Legacy trips-workshops in various places around the state that demonstrate the work they are doing to preserve our environment.
Several weeks of being flat out crazy from work I needed a break. After a bit of hunting for a campsite I secured one at Fisheating Creek Outpost in Palmdale, Florida. The campground had been in my sights for a while and since it was midweek, I booked a spot for two nights. We packed up the Roge Mahal and headed northeast.
Recently one of my friends suggested that we take a trip to the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach to see the traveling art exhibition: “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection
I have always been enchanted by the flower called “The Bird of Paradise”. it’s what most people think of as a tropical flower if they don’t think of the other popular flower, the Hibiscus. Growing up I had only seen these flowers in table arrangements.
On the second day of our most recent adventure we had a light breakfast at Tarpon Lodge and walked up the street to board the Tropic Star, the ferry to Cayo Costa State Park. The boat was originally built by a ship works in Mississippi as one of three boats to be put into service at Disney World.
Back in October we attended a charity auction at The Alliance for the Arts in Ft Myers, Florida. One of our bids successfully purchased a two night getaway at the Tarpon Lodge in Pineland, Florida. This last week we thought it would be a fun way to celebrate my recent birthday so I made a reservation and off we went.
Every year the Naples Botanical Garden has had their “Johnsonville Night Lights in The Garden” event. I had not attended for many years as it had always quickly sold out. I almost didn’t go this year but after a friend showed me a picture she had taken that was full of color and vibrancy, I managed to get a last minute opening on New Year’s Day.
After focusing for the last few weeks on art marketing, working with several art organizations and somewhere in between a batik and a portrait commission, I was tired. My husband and I needed a holiday getaway. As it is snowbird season (a term local Floridians call their visiting guest tourists), I was lucky to book us a campsite at one of my favorite Florida parks and Florida’s oldest state park, Highlands Hammock.
After traveling far and wide across the US from Florida to New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah, I was busy. It was difficult for me to select my favorites but I figured I would share a few of them with you–believe me I have plenty more.