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Coopertown Airboats Everglades Tour | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on August 1, 2017

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You cannot go to the Everglades without taking an airboat tour. This isn’t an official requirement, but it should be, because it is super fun. We ended up taking the last trip of the day back in February, which was great for lighting and a small crowd. Our wonderful tour was with Coopertown Airboats.

Airboats at the ready!

We didn’t get a chance to check out the wildlife exhibit.

We saw this large alligator before the boat even left the dock.

Beautiful light.

They turn the boat into high gear when you’re out in the more open areas. It is LOUD and windy is an understatement.

Close encounter.

Awkward-looking takeoff.

Great Blue Heron.

No time for checking out the restaurant. Always time for puns though.

(Phone photo) They let me hold a little alligator after the tour! Look at how happy I am.

We made our way to the other side of the highway to enjoy the sunset after the tour.

There are a lot of choices for airboat tours in the Everglades, and I don’t have experience with them all, but I really enjoyed our experience with Coopertown Airboat Tours. I highly recommend checking it out the next time you are in the Florida Everglades.

Happy trails!

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Part 2! In part 1, I talked about the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel at Florida Southern College. In this post, I’ll look at the William H. Danforth Chapel, one of the later buildings added to the campus, which is the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world. This building was completed in 1955.

The William H. Danforth Chapel is the only use of leaded glass in any of the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings at Florida Southern College.

A closer look at the beautiful windows behind the altar in the church.

The side view. I am most certainly going to go back so I can take the tour and see the insides of these amazing buildings.

You can see here just how close the Danforth Chapel is to the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel.

I have more images from this campus tour to share. Happy trails!

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During our mini Floridian road trip, our first stop was Sanibel Island, Florida. We were largely there to spend time in the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, but as soon as we turned onto Periwinkle Drive (the main thoroughfare of Sanibel), I wanted to stop everywhere! We traveled to Sanibel many times when I was younger, and I would love nothing more than to make another trip there soon.

I pulled into the parking lot when we approached She Sells Sea Shells, a Sanibel Island mainstay.

She Sells Sea Shells has been in business since 1976!

Featured on the sign is a Junonia shell, a holy grail for shellers.

So. Many. Products! You can see more Junonia shells, real ones, in the display case on the left.

There seems to be endless shell art – the creativity is impressive.

Christmas tree ornaments of all shapes and sizes are available.

These are flowers made from shells!

I picked up one of these and was completely surprised at how robust and solid it felt! (Related – I purchased a beautiful Christmas tree ornament that was a mermaid made of shells, and she made it all the way home, in my suitcase, intact!)

Of course, there is a huge section of open stock shells in the store.

So many options!

I went shelling a bit on a Sanibel beach later that day, and I didn’t find anything that looked like this, so I can see why people might want to buy them.

Do you need decor for your beach house or shore house? Look no further!

There were mobiles all of the store. I don’t know how you get one of those home with you, but I find them incredibly charming.

One more wider shot of the store. If you ever find yourself on Sanibel, you MUST stop at She Sells Sea Shells.

Happy trails!

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Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on March 30, 2017

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We traveled through a bit of South Florida on a recent road trip. I have many more spots to share, but will start with the most unexpected stop that we took. We were driving north after an overnight stay in Juno Beach, and while in the Ft. Pierce area, I saw a tiny road sign with grapes that said “winery,” and I immediately turned the car around. We were on an adventure, so it seemed like the right thing to do.

We ended up at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery.

Open!

This is about as Floridian as you can get.

The exterior was lovely.

These wreaths are perfect.

We got inside and found ourselves in a tasting room/store.

Local products, and you can see ribbons for a few of the wines they produce.

There was a larger number of wines available than I would have expected.

Here is the tasting menu. What was the most surprising was that they make actual grape juice! It was intensely delicious.

The wines were good, but the muscadine grapes do seem to run sweet, and so a lot of the wines skewed that way. The ones we enjoyed the most were Webejammin’ and Not Starboard, the second of which is their version of Port. We purchased a bottle of each, along with some for friends.

It was a delicious and unexpected stop on our day. We love visiting wineries in New Jersey, and I will admit to not even realizing that wine is made in Florida.

If you’re ever traveling in or around the Fort Pierce, Florida area, I definitely recommend a stop at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery. If you aren’t a drinker, the grape juice alone is worth a visit!

Happy trails!

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Palm Latitudes in Dunedin, Florida | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on January 30, 2017

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A few months back, I had breakfast with some of my family in Dunedin, Florida. After breakfast, I took a side trip to Palm Latitudes, a longstanding store that is exceptionally Floridian. Sadly, they have no online presence for me to link to. However, I took a lot of photos, so let’s take a look.

Subtlety is nowhere to be found.

If you ever need to decorate a vacation rental and want to stick to a theme, look no further.

They sell clothing, decor, all manner of items.

Hats!

I love a mermaid anything, so I was excited about the mermaid merch.

I am really entertained by the shell bra on the plush one.

I got 2 new mermaid ornaments for my Christmas tree.

Do people still buy travel-themed gifts like this? I would totally have that octopus painting though.

I was not kidding about decorating your beach condo.

You can visit Palm Latitudes on your next trip to Dunedin, Florida.

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