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Visit the Swamp Now & Later

The News Press wrote an article about the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary this weekend. The main idea of the article focuses on the boardwalk tours and after hours events planned at the sanctuary over the next few months. There’s an underlying idea as well – go now, before all the tourists come back.

I say, do both.

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Six Mile Slough Boardwalk Closing Temporarily

When kids feel tied to the community they will protect it and cherish it as their home.
An alligator glides through the water at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers.

The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve boardwalk will close for up to a few weeks starting Monday, Aug. 17. The parks department will be pressure washing the boardwalk.

During the closings parking will be free at the preserve and the interpretive center and rock and stroll garden will remain open. The interpretive center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The center hosts educational opportunities and a selection of photo contest winners.

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Four days to Florida – Part 3

Cobblestone and brick paths create an inviting atmosphere for St. Augustine visitors.Cobblestone and brick paths create an inviting atmosphere for St. Augustine visitors.

Southwest Florida is, in general, a very new place. Much of the construction has occurred over the past 20 years. There are older sections for sure, but there’s very little that’s OLD here.

Thursday’s journey led my fiancee and me to the old parts of Florida. St. Augustine, on the East coast south of Jacksonville, bills itself as the oldest European settlement in the United States. The original Spanish settlers arrived in 1565 and the town is planning its 450th anniversary ceremony this year. A popular vacation spot, St. Augustine is full of both historical and modern amenities.

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Four days to Florida – Part 2

After a grueling 7-hour drive Tuesday, the rest of the trip should be easy as pie – or at least a warm praline from the Candy Factory in Savannah where we stopped for the night.

Savannah is an old city – as evidenced by its cobblestone River District – but busy among locals and tourists alike. Some cities I’ve been to (looking at you, Cleveland and Rochester, New York) shut down when the sun starts to go down. That’s when Savannah begins to come alive. Our Uber driver says in the month and a half the ride-sharing service has been open she always sees steady downtown traffic.

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Four days to Florida – Part 1

My fiancee and I are hitting the road to travel back to Florida. As relatively young and relatively strong people we could make the 16-hour drive in a day, but we’re making a trip of it and taking you along.

Our goal is to find some really special, out-of-the-way places that can make great pit stops in the future, or for anyone brave enough to follow in our footsteps.

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Go Take a Walk (It’s Good For You!)

I suppose that if you live in or love to visit Florida you know that there’s nothing as refreshing and reinvigorating as a nature walk. The sights, sounds, and smells wake up something in us that is deeply human.

Now, according to the Washington Post, there is scientific evidence these walks make you feel better. Essentially, walking in nature limits inward, negative thinking called “rumination” that can increase the risk of depression. Researchers backed up their claims with brain scans. The big takeaway from the research is to get outside.

Spending time outdoors, in nature, is good for you. The new study just adds — in a new way — to a growing body of evidence that demonstrates that.

– Chris Mooney, Washington Post

With that in mind, here’s a few nature walks to take in Southwest Florida.

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Five Tips for an Awesome Autotrain Trip

The Amtrack Autotrain is a little-known but brilliant idea that shuttles thousands of people back and forth between the Orlando, Florida, and Washington, D.C., areas. More precicely, the Autotrain will take you and your car from Lorton, Virginia, to Sanford, Florida, overnight.

The stations are under construction and the seating can be cramped, but it is overall one of the best ways to travel the U.S. East Coast. It also happens to be a lucky coincidence that the train picks me up less than a four-hour drive from my house and drops me off three hours from friendsand family.

With that lead-in, I took the train down once and am writing this from the lounge car of a northbound Autotrain.

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Southwest Florida Pit Stop: Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop

A pit stop in racing is quick. It’s necessary, but a prolonged stay is unwise and unneeded. A Southwest Florida Pit Stop is a quick visit (less than 30 minutes) to a quick, fun, cheap place in the Fort Myers, Sanibel, Naples, Cape Coral area.

This is the sandwich I grew up with. Florida wasn’t really home until I found this restaurant.

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The Sunset We Deserve

Summer in Florida is always stormy. There’s a reason the state is known as the “lightning capital of the United States.” Every summer brings intense storms, but this year feels … more intense. We were in the car yesterday and pulled over into the parking lot of a driving range on Daniels Parkway due to heavy rain. After about 5 minutes of waiting – CRACK – a lightning bolt hit the driving range about 200 yards away. After that harrowing experience we figured it would be better to be on the road. Later we found out there had been 1,300 lightning strikes around 3 p.m. in the Fort Myers-Cape Coral area.

But as the thunderclouds drifted away we drove out to Bunche Beach – San Carlos Bay Preserve to get the sunset that we earned – the sunset we deserved. We were handsomely rewarded.

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