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Apr 4, 2014

John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park

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We had made no previous plans to visit the Keys - indeed we don’t like to plan much of anything in advance if we don’t have to. Most times of the year this works out fine as campgrounds and RV parks will have space for us last-minute types.  The Florida Keys in April is a different story. There are some drop-dead gorgeous State Parks here and they mostly get booked…   Read More >>

Apr 4, 2014

Snorkeling, Take Two

Still smiling after snorkeling experience

That. Was. AWESOME. Last time we tried snorkeling, I was given a wetsuit that was too big and ended up shivering out and sitting on the boat for the last 45 minutes… which happened to be when the manatees came out. I was determined to do better this time. My wetsuit was slightly small. It was a warmer day and slightly warmer water. It happened to be a slightly windy…   Read More >>

Apr 4, 2014

Miranda’s Take on Snorkeling in the Ocean

The Boyinks Go Snorkeling

It was my third time in a wetsuit. First had been on the other side of the country, surfing. The second had been in Florida as well, in freshwater. Now I was getting in a wetsuit to go swim in saltwater, or the Atlantic Ocean, to be exact. Wetsuits have always been a problem. These weren’t so bad, as they didn’t have full leg coverings, but only shorts. But the…   Read More >>

Apr 3, 2014

Florida Keys Wild Bird Center

An intern feeds the pelicans twice daily.

Today we were scheduled to snorkel in the coral reefs of Key Largo. We arrived the required 45 minutes early to discover that water conditions were not for beginner snorkelers like us. Disappointment. We rescheduled for tomorrow. Now, what to do with our day. Mike did a bit of “googling” and discovered the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center. The center was free (donations accepted)—right up our alley. We arrived early…   Read More >>

Apr 2, 2014

Miranda’s Take on Boiled Peanuts

The South's Favorite Snack!

Booger Peas (to be sung to the tune of ‘Goober Peas’) Sittin’ in the trailer on a summer’s day Writin’ with my pencil, passin’ time away Lying in my soft bed, caressed by the breeze When I was subjected to eat booger peas Peas, peas, peas, peas, eating booger peas Oh, they’re so disgusting, eating booger peas When a horse poops, the solders have a rule To force one of…   Read More >>

Mar 31, 2014


Miranda and Lilly

This story really starts when Harrison and I were playing football. Harrison had just punted it across the road, and I ran to go get it. I heard his voice saying, “Hey, puppy, whatcha doin’? Immediately, I turned around, and there was a little dog running about. I knelt down, and she dashed away, but I called to her, “No, it’s okay. Come here. You’ll be okay.” So the dog…   Read More >>

Mar 22, 2014

Miranda’s Take on the Swamp Walk

Clean, before the swamp walk

Editor’s Note: Here is the second in our He Said/She Said: Swamp Walk Edition I could sum up this blog post in one word: Ick. But just to say ‘Miranda’s Take on the Swamp Walk’ and write ‘Ick’, is not very interesting. So I guess I will have to go back into the murky mud of my misty mind and dig up what I remember. As we headed out into…   Read More >>

Mar 22, 2014

Swamp Walk He Said

Harrison tries some sawgrass

Editor’s Note: Today the four of us were scheduled for a ranger-led swamp walk in Big Cypress National Preserve. We all went in with different expectations, and we all left with different experiences. Following is the first of our He Said/She Said: Swamp Walk Edition. That went better than expected. Originally, the thought of wandering through muddy knee-deep water, not knowing where I was going or what roots/holes/alligators lurked below…   Read More >>

Mar 21, 2014

Hillsborough River State Park

Our spot in Hillsborogh River State Park

So, the reality is that between MsBoyink and myself one of us has been sick for a week. We caught a nasty intestinal bug that has kept from doing much outside the trailer or feeling that creative. We haven’t had much sickness while traveling and there may be a blog post about dealing with it specifically in the future. For now I just want to get a small post about…   Read More >>

Mar 17, 2014

South and Social

Boyink kids and Austin Grandparents

When we left the farm at the beginning of February, we knew the next leg of our travels would be more about people than scenery. I had made reservations for the next 7 weeks, starting in San Antonio, TX and ending near Tampa, FL. Reservations to meet up with the people at the end of this leg (my parents and the Keiter family) were set first. Then I began working…   Read More >>

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