Category Archives: Florida

Curry Chickpea Soup

Readers of the great Florida RV camping trip series may recall I had a delicious curry chickpea soup for dinner one night, and loved it so much I thought I would try to create a version. The first attempt I … Continue reading

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It’s New Year’s Day: What can we do to distract ourselves now?

I have developed a habit over the last month that is not in my best interest. I wake at my usual time around sun up, get up and go feed the cats, take a potty stop, get a glass of … Continue reading

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Sala’s butterfly

Quilt block textile; hand-sewn and embroidered with vintage materials. Helena Sala, St. Augustine, FL.

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Big Lagoon State Park: The name should have been the clue

Yes, cuz and I strong-armed that Aliner to hitch up. Using the old 1-2-3-go method, I lifted and pulled and she lifted and pushed. I may not be the heavy-weight who can still hoist a 50 pound sack of horse … Continue reading

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The Floridian for the last supper

We had dinner on the patio of the Floridian on our first foray into historic St. Augustine, because Rosie the poodle was with us, and besides, it was lovely outside. That was my day 8 of camping you may recall, … Continue reading

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What? Henry Flagler bought another hotel, next door to his first two?

Alongside the Hotel Ponce de Leon and Hotel Alcazar, the Casa Monica Hotel opened in 1888 by Franklin W. Smith. Constructed in the Moorish Revival and Spanish Baroque Revival style, it faced the courtyard for Hotel Alcazar, across the street … Continue reading

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Hotel Alcazar: Another Henry Flagler grand hotel

Across the street from the former Ponce de Leon Hotel, developed by East Florida railroad magnate Henry M. Flagler, is another of Flagler’s grand hotels built with the vision of enticing wealthy East Coast elites to the “Ancient City” of … Continue reading

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Lunch with the birds of Salt Run

While it was fun watching all the birds dining during our lunch, they were a bit too far away to identify them clearly. The roseate spoonbill was my favorite though.

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Anastasia Beach on Bird Island

Nothing prepared me for the expanse of pink-tinted sand. As shells wash in, and get pummeled by waves and feet, the sand takes on a salmon color. While there are stretches of the white sands, nearest the water the pink … Continue reading

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Henry Flagler’s Ponce de Leon Hotel

What I would not have given to have stepped off the train in 1887 and checked in to the new luxury Ponce de Leon Hotel…and even more so on the morning of Day 8 of the Great RV Camping Adventure … Continue reading

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