Zephyr Park in November

One of my favorite places to go walking in Florida.  Free entrance and free parking.  There is a water feature for young children, a playground, picnic areas and tennis courts.  The birds aren’t afraid of people so it’s a photographers’ paradise.  Sunday afternoons the snowbirds set-up and play music.

Squirrels looking for treats greet visitors.

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Ibis are plentiful.

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The majestic Woodstorks love to pose.

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Little blue heron or tri-colored heron fish in the shallow waters.

This is the first time I’ve seen the black bellied whistling (tree) ducks.

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Anhinga or snake birds hang their wings to dry.

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Great white egret, cattle egret, white peacock butterflies and monk parakeets were also spotted today.

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Flower Pot Island

There are several different boat lines that will take you from the main land to the island.  The glass bottom boats cruise down Big Tub Harbour so you can get a view of the sunken ships.

On-leash dogs are welcome on the boats and throughout the park.

Once you land on Flower Pot Island you’re in for a wonderful hike.  Be certain to take water and snacks.  The distance may not seem very far, but the terrain is challenging.  I only saw 1 small garter snake and it was much too fast for me to get a picture.

The walk from the dock to the flower pots:

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Amazing walk to the lighthouse and observation deck:

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The Loop trail is very challenging with steep stairs and large rocks.  Rickie was fine going up the stairs but wouldn’t go down.

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Marl Bed Trail was the last trail Rickie and I hiked going to the far end of the island and past the campsites.  I think I’ll add camping on the island during a full moon to my bucket list.  Backpack only.  No campfires are permitted.  But you get a private waterfront platform site.

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Late Summer Monday at Bruce National Park

The perfect way to spend one of the last days of Summer.

We made the most of our day pass to the Bruce National Park hiking to the Grotto in the afternoon then to Singing Sands to watch the sunset.  Bruce National Park is Dog friendly so be certain to take your leash and your dog to enjoy the hiking.

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Singing Sands was now open with it’s renovations and new boardwalk.  Watching the sunset was well worth the return trip to Tobermory, Ontario.

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Chasing Sunbeams

The hot hazing days of summer are just starting and made for a perfect early morning walk through the Strathroy Conservation Area.

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My dog Rickie enjoyed the walk and our adventure chasing the sunbeams.

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We were even lucky enough to see a deer in the field.

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Then back home to enjoy the garden.

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Spring flowers 2018

My favourite season, spring is finally here in Strathroy, Ontario.

Walking along the trails at Strathroy Conservation Area, Trilliums are finally starting to bloom and everything is turning green.

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At home the signs of spring are just as beautiful.

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Weeki Wachee State Park

Be certain to add this State Park to your “Places to See”.

What a deal.  Only $13.50 for adults for the day at Weeki Wachee State Park.  Included in your entrance fee are 4 amazing attractions:

  1. The mermaids.  Entertaining guests since 1947 this is an amazing show.  There were 3 shows daily, but we missed the first one because it was full with bus tour groups.

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  2. 1/2 hour boat cruise.  A great opportunity to see the pure, clear, spring fed Week Wachee River.  99.9% pure and 5 miles per hour.

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  3. Wildlife show.  Learn about local snakes, toirtis, turtles and alligators.

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  4. Water park.  The temperature is always 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

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RHYTHM IN THE NIGHT

The 8th and final in the Real Music, Real Masters Series, RHYTHM IN THE NIGHT was definitely worth seeing twice.

 

 

 

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Season Pass holders were allowed to take a visitor for free in the month of February so I saw all of the shows this week:

TURN IT UP:  the coolest show at Busch Gardens

 

 

 

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OPENING NIGHT CRITTERS:

 

 

 

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ROCK A DOO WOP:

 

 

 

Walking through Busch Gardens:

 

 

 

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LEONARD, COLEMAN & BLUNT

Week 7 of the Real Music Real Masters Series at Busch Gardens was one of my favorites.  Leonard, Coleman and Blunt: former lead vocalists of the Temptations, Platters and Drifters really know how to entertain.  Timeless songs performed by amazing singers.  Growing up in the same neighborhood and working together for so many years, their performance is like fine wine, getting better with time.

 

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Today was 87F in Tampa so the animals were mostly laying around.

 

Pam Tillis

Week 5 of the 2018 Real Music Real Masters Series at Busch Gardens features Pam Tillis at the Stanleyville Theatre.  A relaxed performance with old country music.  Monday afternoon was a small attendance, so we had the very best seats in the house.

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This week’s walk with the animals features the Gorillas.  Wonderful warmer weather so the young gorillas were very playful today:

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We stayed for the 4PM Ice show:  Turn It UP.  A very energetic skate performance.

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