Seeing Miami Like a Native

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.

Down on the Everglades Farm

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.

Up Fisheating CreekWith a Paddle

batik-artist-batik painting

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.

Finding Fridain West Palm Beach

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

My TropicalBirds of Paradise

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.

Visiting the Home of Cheeseburger in Paradise

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.

Pining for a getaway on Pine Island

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.

Lights Aglow in the Garden

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.

Holiday in the Hammock

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.

Photos I love to crow about (Personal Best 2021)

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.