Help for Hurricane Irma: What you can do

  From Tortola to Tampa, the Caribbean and Florida hold special places in my heart – the people, the music, the landscape and island life in general. I’ve walked along Cane Garden Bay, eaten at Quito Rymer’s Beach Bar, swam to shore from a catamaran at the Soggy Dollar Bar and explored the Keys from […]

Sail to Cuba with Royal Caribbean International and the Empress of the Seas

Royal Caribbean is fueling my desire to explore Cuba with its latest itinerary news (well, it’s been a month, but I’ve been a bit preoccupied with planning imaginary trips to post about it). So, here’s the scoop. After undergoing a $50 million revitalization, Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas will make history for the cruise […]

Photo Essay: Florida Keys part 4 – Flora and Fauna

Aside from the chickens, which are fun in their own right, the Florida Keys and Key West are home to a variety of unique animals, beautiful flowering plants, and the soaring palm tree, which always adds a tropical touch.               More Keys, please … Photo Essay: Florida Keys part […]

Photo Essay: Florida Keys part 1 – Key West

I could spend a week (at least) in Key West just taking pictures … palm trees, chickens, famous bars, unique restaurants, street signs, sunsets … oh, the sunsets … Anyway, you probably get the idea. I gathered a few of my favorite photos into a couple of photo essay posts. Maybe they’ll inspire you to […]

Photo Essay: Florida Keys part 2 – Bridges, Boats, and Bars

Bridges, boats, and bars are perhaps my favorite parts of the Florida Keys. When you’re sitting on a little slice of land surrounded by the turquoise shades of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, you can’t help but become addicted to the water, boats, and bridges that go along with it. The bars […]

Half Shell Raw Bar, Key West, Makes Cover of Kenny Chesney single ‘When I See This Bar’

Laid-back beach bars, island locations and good music always seem to go hand in hand. If anything can bring it home even more, and toss in an artistic touch, it is an artist/performer like Kenny Chesney. A Key West establishment that sings of the images and feelings evoked in many of Chesney’s songs has just […]

My Mission to Margaritaville

Once upon a time, I sold t-shirts for Jimmy Buffett. We workers in the Merchandise department at Kings Dominion were responsible for that type of thing at concerts…. that little stand where consenting consumers happily hand over their cash to purchase t-shirts, decals, buttons, hats, etc…etc… As a seventeen-year-old, it was a pretty cool deal […]

Mmmmmm…..motorboating…

Little Big Town had me at “Boondocks” and they’ll be keeping me for a long time with their latest song “Pontoon.”  We owned a pontoon boat for several years.  As a matter of fact, here it is….. As fun and convenient as they are, they do not go fast.  And that’s okay.  But when you […]

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