National Forests in Florida

National Forests in Florida Florida is home to three important National Forests, as well as several Florida State Forests. Apalachicola Ocala Osceola Apalachicola National Forest The Apalachicola National Forest is the largest national forest in Florida. It occupies more than 500,000 acres, and houses vast tracts of native Longleaf Pine forest ecosystem. Gorgeous rivers, springs and lakes … Read more National Forests in Florida

Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island Beaches are visible through green trees and a beach walkway

Sanibel Island is one of my favorite places in all of Florida. I love it because it strikes a perfect balance between so many great things. Nature, conservation and respectful human enjoyment. Laid back, but sophisticated Luxurious, but accessible I especially love the bike paths which connect every part of the island. I could see … Read more Sanibel Island, Florida

Peanut Island, Florida

A beach on Peanut Island, Florida

Peanut Island, Florida Peanut Island is easily one of the best beaches in Florida. Some locals visit every weekend, and say they never get bored with it. The island is small, but has something for everyone. It’s quiet and peaceful during the week, and a lively boat/beach party spot on weekends and holidays. It’s a great … Read more Peanut Island, Florida

Devil’s Den Spring

Devil's Den Cavern in Williston Florida

Devil’s Den Spring Devil’s Den Spring is of the coolest, most unique springs in Florida. It’s always been a popular spot, but in recent years it’s become insta-famous on Youtube and Instagram. People are drawn to its deep blue water, fascinating history and beautiful photo ops. Devil’s Den is a great trip, and I definitely … Read more Devil’s Den Spring

Springs in Florida

Springs in Florida and Karst Geology Before talking about Florida springs, and the karst limestone that makes them possible, it’s helpful to know a bit about basic geology. Three Types of Rock There are three main types of rocks: Igneous Sedimentary Metamorphic While talking about Karst, we’ll focus on sedimentary rocks. Sedimentary rock is made … Read more Springs in Florida

Florida Anchoring Laws (Updated 2020)

Anchor in Florida

Florida Anchoring Laws Florida anchoring rules have been a toxic, contentious issue for years. In this article we’ll look at the guidelines, rules and relevant issues facing Florida cruisers. Plus, for anyone who’s interested, we’ll take a look at some notable Florida anchoring issues and legal cases from the past. Florida Anchoring Rules: What Do … Read more Florida Anchoring Laws (Updated 2020)

Blue Hole: Florida’s Hidden Treasure

Blue Springs Florida Underwater Photo

Blue Hole: Ichetucknee Spring’s Hidden Treasure The Blue Hole in Florida is spectacular. I love Ichetucknee Springs, especially Blue Hole. I’m grateful to have visited many times, and can never wait for the next trip. It’s hard to capture the beauty of this place with words, or even photos. If you’re reading this, I urge … Read more Blue Hole: Florida’s Hidden Treasure

Hot Springs in Florida

Florida Hot Springs: Warm Mineral Springs

Hot Springs of Florida Florida is home to thousands of beautiful, natural springs, but only a few are natural hot springs. Because of its incredible underground geology, most springs in Florida remain a pleasant (chilly!) temperature all year ‘round. They’re warm enough to swim on warm winter days, and refreshingly cool during steamy summers. List … Read more Hot Springs in Florida

Make Block Ice

A block of ice rests on a counter next to a plastic tupperware mold

Making Ice Blocks   Update for June 2020: It’s hard to believe, but summer is here! And, hurricane season is almost here again in Florida! That means it’s time to think about preparations and plans again. This season will be especially unique because we’ll have hurricane season, plus Covid-19. I’ll be making these blocks of … Read more Make Block Ice

Rock Springs Kelly Park 

Rock Springs Kelly Park The main attraction at Rock Springs Kelly Park is a gorgeous natural Florida spring and a relaxing natural lazy river. It has a super convenient location. It’s less than 30 miles away from Orlando, but surrounded by serene nature and lots of Florida Wildlife. Rock Springs starts flowing in Kelly Park, … Read more Rock Springs Kelly Park 

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Dampiers Landing Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Ichetucknee Springs State Park What’s it like? Ichetucknee Springs State Park is an oasis. It has something for everyone: World-class tubing Incredible, pristine river Fascinating snorkeling Adventurous scuba diving Unspoiled nature Hiking trails Ichetucknee River Springs There are 9 major named springs in the state park, and countless more smaller vents: Ichetucknee Head Spring Blue … Read more Ichetucknee Springs State Park