Save the Date!


August 4, 2021:  Great American Outdoors Day at the Refuge

August 4 marks the first celebration of Great American Outdoors Day across federal lands.  It is now one of six fee-free days the government has designated throughout the year.  “Ding” Darling also celebrates with the unveiling of a spotting scope engineered specifically for colorblind viewers, and other free onsite activities.

Among the 560 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System,  » Read more

Topping Another List!


We recently came across Ocean Beach Bulletin, which bills themselves as a beach resource to learn about the best destinations for a seaside getaway.

Topping their list of their “8 Amazing Places to Visit in Florida” was Sanibel Island, described as follows:

Sanibel Island is known for its untouched natural beauty, pristine beaches, and 22 miles of dedicated bike paths.  » Read more

Waterfront Dining at Its Best

Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant


“From tasting the flakiest snapper with fresh mango slaw to raising a salt-rimmed margarita kissed by local limes, nothing makes Southwest Florida dining better than a gentle breeze at your back and an eyeful of our blue-green waters. If you know where to look, there is no shortage of Gulf-side bistros, charming watering holes lining canals and stilted bungalows hunkering between mangroves on back bays.”  » Read more

Baby, You Can Drive My Boat


A “Super Fun Time” alert!

Bundle excitement, tranquility, thrills and intimacy all into one unique adventure when you operate your own 2-person catamaran through the winding and breathtaking waterways of the nearby 10,000 Islands.

Explore backwaters and beautiful mangrove tunnels aboard Craigcat powerboats.  The two-person motorized catamarans are just over 11 feet long, have two side-by-side seats and a Bimini top for shade.  » Read more

“Heaven on a Beach”

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We found this little nugget on, commenting that you haven’t truly experienced Florida’s beauty until you visit their list of gorgeous locations that deserve a spot on your travel bucket list.

Sanibel Island is described as “heaven on a beach.”

They explain:  “Beyond the miles of crystal-clear waters, there are thousands of patterned seashells waiting to be collected up and down the shoreline.  » Read more

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