After three months of meandering along the extensive coastlines of Florida, we were eager to finally point Betsy west. In early December we began our winter sojourn along the Atlantic Ocean, exiting on the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico in March. This was our second winter in the Sunshine State, and we visited about half of its coastal regions, […]
We continued our travels along Florida’s gulf coast, heading northwest through what’s known as the “Forgotten Coast”. Driving along a quiet and relatively undeveloped section of coastline between St. Marks and Mexico Beach, we paused at the small towns of Eastpoint, Apalachicola (to hang out with friends), Port St. Joe, St. George Island, Cape San Blas and Mexico Beach (ground […]
We cut short our stay in Naples, leaving behind that big snowbird city with its commercial developments and traffic noise. We were eager to re-visit the “Nature Coast” along the inside curve of the state’s panhandle, remembering how much we’d enjoyed this area on our last visit five years ago. We had reservations at Crystal River and Perry, plus two […]
The first month of 2019 whizzed by, with our winter downtime in southwestern Florida drawing to a close. The weather during our stay was mostly on the cool side, sometimes wet and drab, but with several beautiful warm days in the middle. The humidity wasn’t too bad and we got nary a bug bite during our stay – yay!
Is it just me, or are the first days of 2019 marching by super-fast? Maybe my perception of time flying by is due to the fact that I haven’t yet flipped over the last pages of our 2018 travels? So, one last look at 2018 before I close out a banner year for Lowe’s Travels!
From the pure solitude and remoteness of Ochlockonee River SP, we drifted back toward civilization. Our last two weeks in Florida had been a mix of touristy activities, hiking, canoeing and family visits, complemented by a variety of weather ranging from sunny skies to thunderstorms with pouring rain. That’s Florida for you! Along the Florida panhandle is a 24-mile stretch of sugary white […]
We are now on our last few days of nature tripping, wildlife viewing and generally just gawking at the beauty of Florida. We are savoring every minute as much as we can, for we know it will be a long time before we head this way again. With the little time we had while at Ochlockonee River State Park, we […]
There was an added bonus in meeting Laurel and Eric of Raven and Chickadee. Since they had spent so much time in northwestern Florida and have family there, they know the area very well. They advised us that a trip to Wakulla Springs State Park for one of their river boat tours was not to be missed. Wakulla springs is located just […]
Snagging a reservation at a Florida state park during the winter months is like winning the lottery, and odds are you won’t get in if you don’t reserve far in advance. We thought booking nine months ahead would be enough, but it wasn’t for most of them. If you’re setting your sights on staying at Florida state parks next winter, […]