Category Archives: Florida

Sunday Market at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm

Since switching over to a natural diet, I have been spending a lot more time checking out various places to get fresh produce and organic products. This past weekend I went and checked out Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, which is an awesome little farm located in Tampa.

I enjoyed the farm and market so much that I wanted to do a quick review of it and help spread the word.

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Honeymoon Island State Park

Of all the places I have visited in Florida, Honeymoon Island State Park is currently my favorite. Not only is the beach amazing, but you can also hike through the tropical landscape and see all sorts of different things.

The two-mile hike takes you on a loop throughout the island where you can see all different types of wildlife. Osprey (a huge bird) seem to be everywhere and there are also a few Bald Eagles in the park. And who would have thought the park is also home to a ton of armadillos.

Besides hiking, you can also spend time on the beach swimming, snorkeling, and shelling. Not a bad place to spend a day out in the sun.

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Armadillos In Florida?

Wide Armadillo Photo

While I was out hiking on Honeymoon Island, I stumbled across an armadillo along the trail. I was pretty surprised to see one here in Florida. For some reason, I never pictured armadillos hanging out under palm trees.

Weird thing is, I lived in Texas for six months without seeing one even though they are very common there. The first time out on a hike here in Florida I ran right into one. Weird.

As it turns out, the nine-banded armadillos are common here in Florida. They are not native to the state but were introduced here in the early 1900′s. They now live throughout the state and can be found wherever there is dense ground cover (read more facts here).

I’ve never seen an armadillo in person before and was pretty amazed by the creature. It sort of looks like the result we might see if the Easter bunny hooked up with a rhino.

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A Quick Trip to Naples

As I mentioned in a few of my posts, one of my goals is to go check out as many beaches as I can here in Florida. So my girlfriend and I decided to head down to Naples and see what the beach was like there.

Not sure where Naples is? Naples is about as far down south as you can get on the Gulf Coast of Florida. It’s a good two and a half hour drive from where I live up in St. Petersburg.

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