We came to eat! – Cajun Country, Louisiana

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…and boy did we ever!

But first, since we were camping in the capital city of Louisiana – Baton Rouge – we wanted to tour the state capitol building.  Having visited eight so far, we continue to be amazed by what we learn at each one.  So how about the history and unique features of this capitol building? Continue reading

White Beaches and a Cotton Estate – Biloxi and Natchez, Mississippi

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Biloxi, Mississippi

Biloxi was our final stop along the eastern gulf coast.  Other than wanting to hang around the beach a little longer, I was also happy to meet up with my friend Emma.  During our first visit here in 2013, she was our personal guide through historic Biloxi (my post is here).  Over a bucket of snow crabs, we reminisced about our long bygone days in the Philippines. Continue reading

Third time’s a charm – Dauphin Island, AL

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Leaving Florida behind was the “official” beginning of our 2019 westward migration.  We started earlier this year than we did in 2014, and moved more quickly through Alabama and Mississippi.  We’d learned our lesson on that last trip at the end of April – the tremendous thunderstorms we rode out one night near Pensacola still hold the record for dumping the most rain there in a 24-hour period. Continue reading

Goin’ Coastal – A recap of our Florida winter sojourn

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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, exploring many natural settings and strolling an array of fabulous beaches – all while being entertained by wildlife unique to the area.  An added bonus was the great time we spent visiting with friends old and new.

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What Hurricane Michael Left Behind – The Forgotten Coast, FL

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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 zero for hurricane Michael). Continue reading

A place for “Real Florida” fun – Nature Coast, FL

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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 nights we snagged at Hillsborough River State Park.  This part of Florida is known for being a nature lover’s paradise where folks can experience “the real Florida” in laid-back fashion.  We’re all over that! Continue reading

Good Times and Tan Lines – Naples, FL

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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! Continue reading

Looking back, looking forward…

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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! Continue reading