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Dove Chick Survives Brush with Tropical Storm Isaac

August 28th, 2012

Yesterday when we were being buffeted by Tropical Storm Isaac, I walked outside to see a mourning dove chick, called a squab, lying in the parking lot of the condo I live in on Cocoa Beach. The squab had been blow out of the nest it was sharing with one other squab and a parent. Both the male and female mourning dove share the parental duties and I’ve seen both on the nest.

After contemplating whether or not I should intercede, I decided to move the dove squab with plastic bags on my hands to a somewhat sheltered area very close to its nest fearing it would be run over. Later in the afternoon the dove squab was gone, and I hoped for the best as I’ve seen squabs slightly larger than this fly. Early this morning all were missing, and I figured nature took its course.

Then right around noon today, I saw all three huddled under a nearby bush. So Cool! They are true survivors, I wish them all the best.


Café Tu Tu Tango – Tapas Food for the Starving Artist in All of Us

August 27th, 2012

Atrist Cafe Tu Tu Tango

If you have a group of friends and you’re looking for something different in the vast choices of places to eat in Orlando there is one that offers a truly unique experience, Café Tu Tu Tango. The whole place is set up like a ‘starving artists’ studio, sometimes they even have an artist there working on an original piece. The walls are covered with art that’s all for sale, even the bar and tables are colorful.

Shrimp and Kielbasa Skewers at Cafe Tu Tu Tango

If you interested in a different taste combination try the savory Shrimp and Kielbasa Skewers. They are marinated in pepper and serve with red beans and rice, a Cajun delight.

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August in the Merritt Island National Refuge – Central Florida’s Best Wildlife Watching Spot

August 22nd, 2012

Wild Pigs

PIGS! I yelled as I pulled off the road and opened the door. Beverly was looking at a map or something and I had my camera in hand and stooped down to position myself behind a tree. I then motioned for Beverly to quietly come over and she slid in behind me in stealth mode. The seven wild pigs were feeding and doing what wild pigs do.

We were at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and had a great day watching a diversity of wildlife. The refuge is one of the best wildlife viewing parks close to Orlando to see a wide variety birds, mammals and reptiles.

Manatee on his back

A downpour left this manatee happily swimming on his back. He appeared to be drinking the rainwater as manatees need freshwater every couple weeks.

Osprey

There were many ospreys, like this one holding what appears to be a mullet.

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Relive History – Photos of Fort Matanzas

July 12th, 2012

Cannon at Fort Matanzas

In 1745, A Spanish officer and around six soldiers would be sent to defend St. Augustine’s southernmost access nearly 15 miles south at Matanzas Inlet. They’d spend 30-day stints protecting Castillo de San Marcos from the British and pirate ships. These solders had to endure all that nature could throw at them, strong storms, extreme heat and swarms of mosquitoes. Their outpost was Fort Matanzas, it offered them shelter from the elements as well as protection from cannon fire.

Fort Matanzas Quarters

After being built by the Spanish from 1740-42, Florida and the fort were traded to the British in 1763 in exchange for Cuba. Fort Matanzas was then reoccupied by the Spanish and eventually the US and Union Army before being decommissioned in 1900 after the Spanish-American War.

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Bahama Breeze Orlando – A Taste of the Tropics

July 10th, 2012

Coconut Shrimp

Recently a friend of ours Rori Paul, of Rori Travels Florida, invited us to a menu sampling at the Bahama Breeze restaurant on Vineland Ave. Their menu is made up of tropical tastes as well as burgers, salads and other classic favorites.

Mojo-Marinated Pulled Pork

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Five Smart Choices for Summer Fun in Florida

July 7th, 2012

Beautiful Clear Waters of Seista Key

By Myscha Theriault – Independent Travel Resources at Trekhound.com

If you’re searching for ways to keep the kids entertained while traveling to Florida this summer, you’re in luck. Florida is certainly not lacking in options for family-friendly entertainment. The key to not getting burnt out on any one form of summer fun? Diversity. It’s possible to have too much of a good thing. So before booking your entire summer vacation itinerary at one theme park after another, consider that you might be better off to alternate a day at Mouseville with an historic lighthouse tour, followed by a day at the beach. Here are five major forms of Florida fun for you to rotate into your tourism schedule.

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Experience Thrills, Honor and Chivalry at Updated Medieval Times Dinner Show

June 27th, 2012

The Princess welcomes her subjects at Medieval Times

By Beverly Martinez-Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com

The feast began with a greeting from the King and his princess then came the introduction of the knights, on their horses with all their colors and banners flying; our knight was the green knight and from there the pageantry began.

Kirby Collins and I were there to see the premier of the new show and weren’t disappointed it was an entertaining feast for the eyes not just the stomach.

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Florida Beach Safety Tips for Your Summer in the Sun

May 21st, 2012

Family makes a sand castle on New Smyrna Beach

By Myscha Theriault – Independent Travel Resources at Trekhound.com

Heading to Florida beaches for a fun summer getaway, but concerned about basic beach safety? Here’s how to stay safe while visiting the Sunshine State’s popular beaches.

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Wild Florida Places – Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area

May 19th, 2012

Barred Owl

By Kirby Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com

When Zach Cooney said, “Look, another red-tailed hawk” we were hoping for another shot at photographing one we’d seen earlier. But this time what landed just across the canal was a barred owl, he looked over at us, his eyes almost asking “who?”.

Alligator

We were at the Tosohatchee WMA, a 30k acre plus recreation area located on the St. Johns River. I had the opportunity to accompany Morgan & Zach Cooney and their father Mike, of Cooney Wildlife Adventures, on this environmentally sensitive piece of land between Orlando and Cape Canaveral.

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Try Boggy Creek Airboat Rides for a Central Florida Wildlife Adventure

May 17th, 2012

By Mike Cooney – Chief Explorer, Cooney World Adventures

It’s a cool morning, and there’s a light mist hovering just above the still waters of Lake Tohopekaliga near Kissimmee. A large turtle pops its head above the water, takes a quick breath and disappears with only a slight ripple to show it was there. Suddenly, a Great Blue Heron glides by and lands gently in the shallow water only a few feet away. Flocks of White Egrets can be seen flying in the distance along with many other Florida water birds. Against the cobalt blue sky an Osprey hovers for a few seconds before plummeting to catch its unsuspecting prey just below the surface of the water. Although this may sound like a description from early in the last century, it is a common occurrence for guests going on Boggy Creek Airboat Rides.

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