Florida Calcite at Gillespie Museum

Florida Calcite at Gillespie Museum

If you have a passion for the prehistoric, then the Gillespie Museum at Stetson University in DeLand should be on your list to visit. This teaching museum is celebrating its sixtieth year and has more to offer than ever. This year I decided to dig in (get it? Dig?! LOL) to Florida nature and our unofficial state mineral, calcite, made the list.

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A Visit To Cassia Fresh Farm

A Visit To Cassia Fresh Farm

It was a chilly afternoon, but the sun hitting the farm kept her ten acres warm. We had just stepped out from her garden, in which she was growing onions, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, and more. The most interesting feature was the set of tomato vines hanging off of a frame at the back of the garden. 

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Touring Historic Longwood, Florida

Touring Historic Longwood, Florida

After the Second Seminole War ended homesteads were granted in 1870 and a community south of Sanford began. Settler Edward Henck of Boston named Longwood after one of his hometown’s most attractive suburbs and in 1876 he founded the first post office and became the first postmaster.

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Explore Historic 'Green Gables' and Melbourne, Florida

Explore Historic 'Green Gables' and Melbourne, Florida

If you haven't ventured south to Melbourne, Florida you need to put it on your day-trip list.  It's about an hour and a half south of Orlando on the Atlantic Coast and I was amazed by what I found there.  First, let's talk about a visit to Green Gables

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Visit Mini Animals at Lil' Bit of Life Farm

Visit Mini Animals at Lil' Bit of Life Farm

Lil’ Bit of Life Farm’s message is "Healing with a little help from our friends".  Owner Tracey Rinehart has poured her heart and soul into developing her mission to provide healing with four-legged friends.  "Horses train us to have balance, feelings of strength, coordination, confidence, grace, and peace." Tracey’s first horse, Bailey, taught her these very things, and she wants to share.

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Daytona Beach Turkey Rod Run: Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach Turkey Rod Run: Daytona Beach, Florida

I learned how to drive in a Model A Ford.  Back in 1986, my dad was slowly restoring a Model A and it was a just a chassis and engine.  I sat on a couple of tires to work the clutch and steer. Across the street from my childhood home at 117 Hattaway Drive, was an unused golf-course and orange groves that stretched all the way down to Lake Orienta. 

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Tiny Tourist: Bok Tower Gardens

Tiny Tourist: Bok Tower Gardens

The minute the sweltering summer heat started to let up, I began planning outdoor adventures for our family.  The fact is, Bok Tower Gardens has been on my list for years.  It always seemed too far and I wasn’t quite sure what was out there.  Rest assured, it’s worth the drive.  

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Exploring Nehrling Gardens

Exploring Nehrling Gardens

Tucked away in Gotha, twenty minutes outside Orlando, you'll feel like you've teleported to some charming Northern city. Nehrling Gardens is a six-acre, botanical, exploration garden that famed German horticulturist Dr. Henry Nehrling began cultivating in 1895. This hidden gem is a pretty big deal since it's a Florida National Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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