• Take a walk on the mild side

    I don’t have much to tell you about Scotland, really. It’s true, they have whisky, and kilts, and some people speak with an accent so thick that you wonder whether you’re hearing English or Gaelic. 

    All of that’s fun. But I’m just here to tell you about the walks I took.

  • Manatee Springs

    If you were lucky enough to grow up within reasonable driving distance of a freshwater spring, you probably spent many summer and spring days jumping out of trees and belly-flopping or cannonballing into crystal-clear water. 

  • Travel trip: The Emerald Isle

    DUBLIN —St. Patrick may have banished snakes and brought Christianity to Ireland, but perhaps his greatest feat was one of sheer endurance. After all, there were hundreds of other future saints roaming Ireland at the time, but Patrick is the one who gets the party.

    On March 17, Guinness will flow from Malin to Moscow, the Chicago River will run green and parades will be held worldwide to celebrate the fifth-century preacher and patron saint of Ireland.

  • Fort Clinch: Bastion, boardwalk and beach

    WHAT: Fort Clinch State Park.
    WHERE: 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
    INFO: Visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch or call 904-277-7274.

  • Under the sea: Cozumel, Mexico

    If you take a Caribbean cruise from Florida, there’s a good chance you’ll end up in Cozumel at some point. This island, which is Mexico’s largest in the Caribbean, is about 30 miles long. It hosts millions of visitors every year, and many of them arrive by cruise ship.

  • Port of call: Key West

    Visiting Key West is a sort of rite of passage for Florida travel. If you live in the Sunshine State, you ought to go there at least once to see it for yourself. It’s the southernmost city in the United States, and if you plan to take a cruise to the Caribbean, there’s a chance it will be a port of call on your itinerary.

  • For Four and More, more and more

    Whether it’s lunch bunch, kayaking or an afternoon of mah jongg, Citrus Four and More ladies know how to have a good time.

    And that’s their goal.

    “It’s a fun and intimate time,” said co-president Ellen Saunders. “I love Four and More because we are a smaller group and, we can remember each others names. It’s a fun group — why keep it to ourselves?”

  • Singing on the river

    Flora, fauna, and watery things provide all the entertainment one needs on the beautiful Rainbow and Withlacoochee Rivers — except for the singing.

    Learn about streaked neck turtles and why they sit on logs over the river.

    What are the distinguishing features of anhingas and cormorants? The beak tells all.

    Why is there a dramatic and sharp distinction in the change of color between the Rainbow and Withlacoochee rivers – why you can see the line? Now, I know the answers.

  • Harpers Ferry

    Take in the expansive view where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet and you’ll see why, in the mid-1750s, English Colonist John Harper arrived and stayed for a lifetime. And why Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that the “scene is worth a journey across the Atlantic.”

    Through the years, the town of Harpers Ferry, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in eastern West Virginia, has played an important role in U.S. history. Today, it is a popular destination for day-trippers, history buffs, photographers and outdoor adventurers alike.

  • Suwannee River Park: Fall, nearby

    Fall has finally arrived and, like many Floridians, I have been waiting for it for a long time. I am one of those “leaf peepers” who likes to escape to northwestern Georgia and elsewhere this time of year to see the fall foliage and enjoy the cool temperatures. 

    To me, it’s definitely worth the long drive and time off of work, but it’s not something you can comfortably do in a weekend.