Okefenokee Swamp: A Spooky Wildlife Haven In Southeast Georgia

This winter while we were still in Wisconsin I read a really awful book set in the Okefenokee Swamp. I didn't even finish it. I knew about the swamp before that but really wanted to visit after that, more than before. Just before heading to Tallahassee to meet my parents, we made a day trip…

24 Things To Do In Everglades City: Hiking Trails, Biking, Paddling, And More

I love Everglades City. I don't know where I want to live forever, but Everglades City is one of the contenders so far (along with Moab and the Asheville area, if you were curious.) Every January we make a trip down there and do the same things but also manage to find new things to…

Birding Paradise In Florida: Hike The Marsh Trail In Ten Thousand Islands

I can't believe it took me three trips to Everglades City before I hiked the Marsh Trail. Even more shocking, it was three visits before I even knew this trail existed, how wild is that? And we usually stay for 7-10 days which makes it even more surprising! Well, in 2021 I managed to hike…

Experience The Fire Prairie Trail In Big Cypress National Preserve

On our January 2020 trip to Big Cypress we hiked the swampy part of the Fire Prairie Trail. Then this year, 2021, we hiked a little further out into the prairie part of it, still on the trail though. I still haven't hiked the entire Fire Prairie Trail, but I really enjoyed the part we…

Biking Shark Valley: One Of The Best Things To Do In Everglades National Park

On this year's Big Cypress trip we ended up extending it by like four or five days because we were loving it so much. It was also a year of new hikes here, which was exciting! I was also able to cross off biking Shark Valley off my national park bucket list! One day I…

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15+ Amazing Things To Do In The Everglades That Aren’t Hiking

Ahh, Florida. I love it and a lot of people are surprised when I say that. I love South Florida, especially Big Cypress, but that's not what we're here for today. Today it's all about the Everglades and what to do there that isn't hiking! It's a must-see on any Florida road trip. **Shark Valley…

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Corkscrew Sanctuary Boardwalk: Walk The Longest Boardwalk In Florida

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. If you've been here any amount of time, you know I love boardwalks.  If you're new here, well, I love boardwalks and Florida has tons of them so you can easily explore the…

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Fakahatchee Boardwalk: The Perfect Easy Hike Near Everglades City

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. We did the Fakahatchee boardwalk, officially known as the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk, last year, too and really liked it.  This time though, we got to see the CUTEST baby gators ever. Ok,…

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Gator Hook Trail: The Perfect Intro Swamp Hike In Big Cypress National Preserve

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. You guys.  I did it.  I walked through knee-deep swamp water and didn't get eaten by anything!  That's right.  I was terrified and got a little panicky, but I did it.  This was…

La Chua Trail And Sweetwater Wetlands: The Perfect Afternoon Hiking In Gainesville, Florida

**La Chua Trail is currently closed after the boardwalk due to high water levels** There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. The more time I spend in Gainesville, the more I want to get out and see the area.  One…

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Everything You Need To Know To Plan A Trip To Everglades National Park On Your South Florida Road Trip

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. While I was probably looking forward to time on a beach the most on our South Florida road trip, I was also pretty excited about finally visiting Everglades National Park.  I knew we…

Fakahatchee Hilton: A Gator Haven In South Florida at the Fakahatchee Strand State Park And Preserve

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. I think my favorite stop on our South Florida road trip was the Fakahatchee Hilton.  I bet you're picturing a five-star resort on the beach with unlimited drinks and the best view in…

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Bird Nerd In The Making At Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge In Titusville, Florida

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. Continuing the very perforated saga of my mini Central Florida road trip with my parents, after visiting St. Augustine and the space center, we were headed to the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge.  The…

Camping, Hiking, And Paddling Big Cypress National Preserve: An Awesome Everglades Alternative

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. The first (and main) stop on our South Florida road trip was Big Cypress National Preserve.  Camping there was awesome and we did that for three nights, then spent two nights in Homestead,…