Located on the Gulf Coast in Pinellas County, Tarpon Springs has a population of only about 25,000. While the region was first settled in 1876, it was named Tarpon Springs in 1882 because of the plentitude of jumping tarpons in the bay that were spotted by the settlers. With the arrival of the railroad in 1888 it became a spot for snowbirds to come and frequent in the winter to escape the northern cold. It has the highest population of Greek Americans of any city in the US and this is based on some interesting history surrounding sponge diving. Continue reading Tarpon Springs, home of the Sponge Divers
This lovely park is located in the Tampa Bay Area and makes for a delightful place to relax and chill out. For us this was the perfect spot to stop for lunch and stretch our legs as we made our way up the coast to Tarpon Springs from Miami. Continue reading Exploring Fort De Soto Park
This post should be called swimming with the manatees, but it turned out that an unseasonably warm February made for conditions that sent the manatees on their way back to the Gulf by the time we arrived. We still got to see a few manatees in Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park (where they have some rescued ones they are rehabilitating) but the usual population that migrates to the springs to escape the cold waters of the Gulf in a typical season (mid-Nov. to Mar.) had already left. Continue reading Visiting Florida’s Natural Springs in Crystal River, Homosassa, and Rainbow Springs
We finally got our chance to dive the Ancient Mariner wreck off Deerfield Beach. It was the perfect February day with lots of sunshine and flat seas. We love Florida winters, and even the 75-degree seas aren’t so bad with a 3mm suit and a hoodie 🙂
With 30-40 feet visibility and only a small current getting down the mooring line was easy enough. The wreck sits at a depth of 70 feet (to the sand) and is pretty big at 165 feet in length and 25 feet across. Continue reading Diving the Ancient Mariner off Deerfield Beach
China was my first culture shock trip—nothing was like anything I had ever seen before. This was probably the first time I really felt like I was surrounded by strange language, different customs, and perhaps truly traveling. Twenty years ago locals got around by bicycle and bike lanes made up two thirds of the major roads. Also, this was before Continue reading Visiting Beijing, China
We were recently in Montreal visiting our families and heading back to Miami when the ticket counter started calling out for volunteers since the flight was overbooked.
Over the intercom we heard: “We need five volunteers because the flight is oversold! $500 is being offered.” A few minutes later it was $700 and as the departure time approached it turned into $1,000. This was starting to sound interesting. That’s a trip to Hawaii we thought… Continue reading Volunteering for travel vouchers, is it worth it?
On a recent trip out of Montreal we had a super early flight at 6 am and as we left the hotel around 4 am I used the convenient hotel app to check out Continue reading Don’t use the hotel app to checkout unless you really mean it!
Tucked away behind the A1A across the Intracoastal Waterway in Hollywood is a little gem of a park that offers scenic waterfront trails. This park also has some great spots to launch kayaks and boats. Holland Park can be accessed from Johnson Street in Hollywood (801 Johnson St) and is open from dusk to dawn. Continue reading Local Scene: Holland Park
Yes, you read that right, snorkeling. We can hardly believe it ourselves. Being avid divers, and getting to Grand Cayman—through a series of unfortunate events we ended up on the Kittiwake without a scuba tank. Ok, not that snorkeling was bad; it was just so frustrating to see through that 100+ foot visibility all the divers below exploring the wreck, which was down at 40-60 feet. Continue reading Snorkeling the Kittiwake
Some years back on a vacation in Ocho Rios, we had visited Dunn’s River Falls and had some fond memories of the place. With the cruise ship docking in Falmouth, having a second chance to climb these famous falls to take some fresh pictures was definitely something we wanted to do. Continue reading Climbing Dunn’s River Falls