Hoosiergirl Wanders

An Indiana Girl in a Florida World

Hemingway’s Hallowed Grounds

When I think of great American writers, names like Fitzgerald, Dickinson, Steinbeck, and Hemmingway top my list of favorites. Lucky for me, Hemmingway spent a good portion of his life living and writing at his home in Key West.  And even though I have been to his Key West home before, I just can’t pass…

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Fort Zach State Park

As you first enter Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park it may feel like you are trespassing on a military operation.  Located adjacent to the Naval Air Station of Key West, Ft. Zach as it is affectionately called, encompasses the true Southernmost Point on Key West.   We had a day of sightseeing planned, so…

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Bahia Honda State Park

So imagine Caribbean blue waters and palm trees swaying in the summer breeze and you have an inkling of what Bahia Honda State Park looks like.  Literally off of US 1 on Big Pine Key, there is a quiet oasis that begs you to swim in its turquoise waters and step on its sugary white…

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Key West Road Trip-Part 1

Everything about our trip to Key West was a huge surprise.  Four days before our anniversary I began a new job and thought that we would not be doing any traveling for quite awhile.  Boy was I wrong.  Unbeknownst to me, Geoff had reached out to my boss to get approval for me to have…

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The Swamp Daisies of Lake Jessup

  Tucked away to the east of the 417 on the banks of Lake Jessup golden swamp daisies reach as far as the eye can see.  Their bright yellow petals are a sharp contrast against a blue Florida sky and vibrant green grasses.  I never knew that these weeds wildflowers grew in such abundance.  I’ve…

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Central Florida Fridays: Turtle Krawl 5k Race Recap

Recently I’ve traded in my days teaching teenagers for training new hires, With this change, I haven’t been forced to even set an alarm clock.  So when my phone started playing its melodic tunes at the unholy hour of 4:45AM, it was a struggle to get up.  But I had been training over the past…

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Central Florida Fridays: Against the Wind

I love taking friends on my adventures, and on this particular Saturday, I was about to introduce a long-time friend to kayaking.  Jenna had never been kayaking before, so it was set to be an adventure for sure.   We arrived at Paddling Paradise a little before noon to a sweltering Florida sun. Noon is…

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Central Florida Fridays: Take a step back into the Jurassic Period at Dinosaur World

If you’ve ever made the journey along I-4 from Orlando to Tampa, you have passed a giant dinosaur overlooking the expressway.  In the past 16 plus years, I’ve made that drive countless times, and every time I’ve wondered what Dinosaur World was all about.  Would it be a cheesy Florida roadside attraction?  Or Boring?  Or…

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Central Florida Fridays: An Eye Opening Experience

For a year, we watched as the Orlando Eye slowly rose into the sky over International Drive.  Finally the attraction was open, but it took us almost another year to get out and visit.  So on a Friday night, we made our way to the new-to-us I-Drive 360 Complex for dinner and some views of…

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Central Florida Fridays: Crystal Clear Waters of the Rainbow River

I’ve been paddling quite a few rivers in Central Florida lately from Wekiva to Weeki Wactchee, Crystal or Peace, I’ve found some really clear places to paddled.  While all of these are great places to get on the water, Rainbow River and Rainbow Springs is some of the clearest water I’ve ever been in.  …

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