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Frozen Iguanas? A Familiar, But Frosty, Hike At Dagny Johnson State Park In Key Largo

I have been visiting Key Largo for a few years now.  I have hiked in the Dagny Johnson  Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park many times and have come to love this park located on the northern end of the key. . A  failed land development was turned into a State Park. The park contains…

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A Cold Front, A Farwell to Big Pine Key And A Slow And Scenic Drive To Key Largo.

The weather had changed when I awoke on my last morning at the Barnacle Bed and Breakfast  on Big Pine Key.  The cold front only dropped the temperature into the low 60’s but there was a 25 mph wind blowing out of the northwest.   I drove to back to the nearby  trail along the deserted…

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It’s January, But, What?, No Snow Or Ice At The Susquehanna Wetlands?

Usually,  in January in Northeastern Pennsylvania,  the woodlands are covered with snow and the lakes, rivers, streams, lakes and ponds  have a  thick layer of ice. Not this year, after returning from a visit to South Florida,  I hiked in the  Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County last Saturday. It was cloudy, dreary and…

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An Awesome Day On Big Pine Key: A Sunrise Walk , A Lot Of Birds, Key Deer And An Afternoon Storm.

I was only there for less than two days , but I had already fallen in love with Big Pine Key. I loved  the seclusion,  the desolate beaches, and the wildlife. I didn’t think it could get any  better, but it did!  I awoke early again on Friday morning.  I  returned to my now favorite…

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Florida Day Three. A Manatee Sighting! And A Visit To Nearby Bahia Honda State Park.

After my morning walks on Big Pine Key , I spent some time relaxing and editing photos  at the Barnacle Bed and Breakfast.  In the afternoon  I walked over to the canal again, and, this time I  saw two manatees! They were barely visible floating in the water of the cove.  Only small parts of…

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Florida Day Three: A Morning Exploring Big Pine Key. And My First Key Deer!

I awoke early my first full day on Big Pine Key.  I was a little disappointed not seeing any key deer  the previous day.  Key deer are  an endangered smaller sub-species of the North American whitetail deer. If you follow my blog you would know  that  their  larger relatives visit my back yard in Northeastern…

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My First Visit To Big Pine Key, The First Of Many, I Hope

After my breakfast at the Duval House in Key West I was on my way to Big Pine Key. It is located   about 30 miles north on Route One also know as the Overseas Highway. I love driving this scenic and historic highway. This time I was driving a black Ford Explorer. I enjoy driving…

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Florida Day Two: A Morning Walk And Sunrise In The Conch Republic

I was up early my second morning in the Conch Republic, as the locals like to call Key West. It was about a mile walk to Higgs Memorial Beach where I planned to watch the sunrise.  I have learned on my travels, that as you get closer to the equator there is less twilight. Unlike…

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Key West, It’s Been A Long Time Since I’ve Visited Florida’s Southernmost City. Too Long.

I started  writing this blog after having spent about 7 hours  on Key West, Florida’s famous southernmost key. And what an sensory overloading experience those seven hours were. So much to see  and do. And I saw a lot on my 8 miles of walking through the busy streets of Key West.    It’s been 33…

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What A Difference Two Weeks Make. A Couple Of Mild Hikes in the Susquehanna Wetlands

When I last visited the Susquehanna Wetlands in Luzerne County two weeks ago, it was more of a survival challenge then a pleasure hike.  Temperatures were near zero and an arctic wind howled through the wetlands. The  canals and ponds were frozen and the ice floated on the Susquehanna River. It was not a pleasant…

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