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

The other Alabama…

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Alabama Hills

Alabama Hills in the shadow of Mt Whitney

In the shadow of Mt Whitney stands a group of rocky outcroppings with a southern-sounding name known as Alabama Hills.  It is located just west of Lone Pine off of scenic Highway 395.  The Alabama Hills got their name from Confederate sympathizers who prospected and mined the area during the Civil war.  They were honoring the CSS Alabama, a propeller-driven sloop-of-war that burned or captured 65 Union ships before being sunk by the USS Kearsarge in 1864. Continue reading