Archive for January, 2014

Corkscrew and Ribs

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Today, it was still raining in Venice and points north, so I decided to go back to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, which I visited last year. It did not disappoint. Right off the bat, I saw a pair of pileated woodpeckers. I also managed to get a couple of shots of a ...

A Leepa Faith and Good Tex-Mex

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Today was kind of a wash-out. It rained pretty much all day—sometimes quite heavily. I decided that trying to go to a park was hopeless. So, I instead headed up to the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, in Tarpon Springs, north of Tampa. 35 of Clyde Butcher's incredible black and white ...

Little Manatee River State Park, and Mama Maria’s Pizza

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Today, I met Barbara Barry at Rachel's Country Kitchen in Wimauma. Food there was meh, but the prices were low enough. After lunch, we headed to Little Manatee State Park. There are two main hiking areas in the par. One is a 15-20 minute nature trail inside the main park. ...

Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management Area

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Today's adventure was to the Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management Area, about 10 miles north of Ft. Myers. The information brochure at the entrance is pretty useless. It alludes to different hiking trails, but doesn't exactly say where they are. As a result, I ended up driving around a lot before finally ...

Venice and Charlotte Harbor

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

I decided not to make the trek to Sarasota for church this morning. The service didn't look sufficiently compelling. Instead, I hiked from the house over to Shamrock Park to look for alligators. I didn't find any. After a 6K hike there, I came home, had a quick lunch, and ...

Venice, Florida: Oscar Scherer, etc.

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Today, I decided to head up to Oscar Scherer State Park, which is about 10 miles north of where I am in South Venice. The park has a number of color-named trails. The blue trail is frequented by shrub jays. While I saw several shrub jays, I wasn't able to ...

Ocala to Venice, FL

Friday, January 24th, 2014

I'm in Venice, Florida, where I've rented a house for the next 10 days. The weather here is decent—currently in the mid-50s, after reaching a high of 67 today. It's supposed to be in the 70s the next three days. The house has a pool (heated), and is about half ...

Port Wentworth, Georgia to Ocala, FL

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Today, I drove from Port Wentworth to Ocala, via the Ocala National Forest. Lunch was at Zaxby's—delicious as usual. Dinner was at GR's, the restaurant in the parking lot of the Comfort Suites in Ocala. I had the fried catfish. It was over-cooked, and oddly spiced. I actually needed catsup. ...

Home to Port Wentworth, GA

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

I'm in Port Wentworth, Georgia, at the Comfort Suites on Travelers Way. I stayed here last year on my way north. All I really remembered about it was that its internet speed was decent. The drive from Virginia was mostly uneventful. I hit a slow 5 miles stretch a little south ...