Travel, Food & Drink, Florida Island Living

Travel, Food & Drink, Florida Island Living

You found the place that chronicles Florida life, travel and times. Florida’s 1200 plus miles of coastline sandwiched between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean gives rise to some of the most magnificent scenery in all the world. We are here to lead you though your journeys from culinary pleasures to places tucked away behind a stand of palms. There is so much more in Florida’s 65,000 square miles than Disney World (which we love!), Miami’s south beach and Daytona’s speedway.

Few states can boast having an ocean, a gulf and one of the largest lakes in the world, and one of the few massive rivers in the world that runs north! If water doesn’t fascinate you, then maybe the 1.5 million acres of the Everglades may interest you. Or the Old Spanish Trail that runs from St. Augustine to

San Diego, California crossing Florida’s northern wilderness, swamps and forests. Either of these land masses would keep interested travelers busy for months!

History is Everywhere!

Besides Florida’s native visual bounties, the rich history of the state is unequaled as the French, Spanish and British explorers formed colonies looking for treasures they thought must be in this land of beauty. Little did they realize that the treasure they sought was really the land and water itself. Many starved as their ships were harbored in waters abundant with fish, oysters and crabs. Colonies failed because of the harsh conditions and their inability to change from their European lifestyle. Yet, the native populations thrived in Florida some 12,000 years before contact with Europeans. Dozens of indigenous peoples inhabited most parts of Florida from the Keys to Pensacola. Eventually, settlers learned from the societies that existed long before they arrived by living with the land and water, not challenging mother nature but living in harmony with mother nature.

Remnants of our Native American history lives today with dozens of cities that originated from villages of native American tribes throughout the state. Tallahassee, Florida state capital,

Florida Sate Capital - Tallahassee
This old Florida state capital building built in 1845

was a Creek village. Micanopy was named after a Seminole chief. Thonotosassa, just outside of Tampa was from the Seminole-Creek words meaning place of valuable flint. Immokalee, near Naples, was Choctaw, meaning his or her home. You can find many more Native American names here. As we travel through Florida, your mind can’t help but see the rich history our ancestors valued before us.

Another wonderful asset Florida has to offer is the estimated 700 springs. You will see and read about many of these springs (many also with native American names) is this blog. While many springs are just trickles of water, others are the head waters of some of our most famous rivers. The state of Florida lists the more popular springs here. Many state parks are built around springs. Even attractions like Silver Springs State Park in Ocala were made into attractions because of the clear water and wooded surroundings. Many movies and TV shows were filmed at Silver Springs.

Man Made Attractions with Mother Nature’s Beauty

History and Mother Nature alone did not create all of our Florida sightseeing wonders. Modern man built Disney World, Universal Studios, Bok Tower,

The Villages
The Villages, a ciommunity for 55+ – over 130,000 people

The Villages, Riverwalk Tampa and hundreds more. We will be traveling to these man-made attractions as well as “man-wanted” attractions like restaurants, bars and tiki huts throughout Florida.

While we have many experiences from Key West to Amelia Island to Pensacola, we know our readers many have some hidden gems of interest our readers need to hear about. Please comment here. We want to hear about your experiences too. So…….

Spend a little time with us reminiscing, dreaming or planning – the views are on us!

 

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