The Amazing River of Hanging Pumpkins

The Amazing River of Hanging Pumpkins

The Chassahowitzka River is a popular outdoor recreation in area on the west coast of Florida, north of the metropolitan area of Clearwater, Saint Petersburg, and Tampa. The river has gained a renown that is surprising for a waterway that flows less than five miles. On the other hand, perhaps the compact nature of the […]

Two Days of Winter in Florida

Two Days of Winter in Florida

We have a running joke on the west coast of Florida regarding our winter lasting two days. It isn’t true, of course, but it is based on a pattern. When cold fronts come down into our area, it can actually get cold. What is cold for someone who lives in Florida? Cold is 35 degrees […]

Florida has Parrots?

Florida has Parrots?

Parrots in Florida Each morning as I sit on my porch, a screeching fills the sky. A moment later, a flock of parrots flies over. The green birds let everyone know they are coming while they apparently communicate to one another about – well, who knows what. Parrots arrived, or at least were noticed, back […]

Crossing Tampa Bay on a Bike

Crossing Tampa Bay on a Bike

Courtney Campbell Causeway Causeways have one purpose; or at least they’re supposed to. When a body of water requires a long bridge, one way to avoid a costly bridge of pure concrete is to pour dirt instead, creating a long strip of land on which to put a road. To maintain the flow of water […]

The Big Florida Hunt of 1869

The Big Florida Hunt of 1869

The year of the big hunt was 1869. Florida had been part of the United States for only 48 years and Pinellas County was just getting its start. In fact, it was not yet called by that name. It was a wild, and as yet untamed area in that year. Wild animals roamed freely; too […]

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