Gasparilla, Tampa. FL-

Gasp, A Pirate! The name Gasparilla comes from legendary pirate José Gaspar, “last of the Buccaneers,” who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the late 18th and early 19th century. Since 1904, the city of Tampa  annually re-enacts the historic pirate invasion of the city. I waiver on going to the event as the crowd estimates are 300-500,000 people. I’m just not convinced I want to dive into that mess. I awake early and the local TV stations have already started their event coverage with interviews and shots[…]

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Kennedy Space Center, FL

T Minus 10 hours 12 minutes – The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is organized into Mission Zones where attractions and tours are grouped by chronological era. From the dawn of space exploration to current and ongoing missions. I’m in the park just as the gates open and opt to skip ahead in time. The one thing I really  want to do is the Shuttle Launch Experience. Veteran NASA astronauts call the simulation the next best thing to flying aboard the space shuttle. To ensure I beat the crowds, I[…]

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Manatee Festival – Crystal River, FL –

Love at First Sight – I first became introduced to the West Indian manatee about 7 years ago when visiting friends in Homosassa, FL.  Kayaking alone on the Homosassa river, I see the outline of a large creature approaching. I knew what it was and wasn’t afraid but I could have never predicted what would happen next.  As the manatee approached,  he rose and abruptly exhaled, expelling a plume of mist from his nostrils.  At this point, we made eye contact as he begin to “play” with my kayak. He[…]

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St. Petersburg, FL

A Winters Tale – Escaping the cold of Kentucky, my first week in Florida also offers unusually long period of temps below freezing.  In such, the initial foray into mobile living is not without challenges.  With temps dipping below freezing, the nightly routine is to disconnect water and sanitation hoses. On nights when temp is just above freezing I don’t sleep soundly. I wake up every couple of hours to run a little water from each of the faucets and flush the toilet. Somewhat fearful of running out of propane[…]

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