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Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Grand Canyon of Kauai

This was a bit of a ‘spur of the moment’ trip. We didn’t have much opportunity to research Kauai before we came.  If we had, a day trip  to Waimea Canyon would have been first on my list.  Come along with us! People call it the…

East and South Kauai: Fantasy Island Waterfalls, Hawaiian Beach Chickens and EXCELLENT Snorkeling

It’s supposed to rain in Princeville, so let’s head to South Kauai for better weather. Our first stop:  Kountry Kitchen in Kapaa for a hearty breakfast.  Rob and I both devoured our Idaho potato omelettes, with local bacon, fresh tomatoes and sour cream with a side…

Day Trippin’ on Kauai

I’ve been given several gifts from my sisters ….when combined, they’re unbelievable. My sister-in-law works for United Airlines.   As an employee benefit, she is able to travel anywhere in the world for a drastically-reduced price.  In addition, two ‘friends and family…

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

I babysat a lot when I was a teenager.  A LOT. When we’d have a big summer thunderstorm, we’d have a ‘Thunderparty’.  I’d put a tray of cookies and milk together and then we’d go in search for a sheltered…

10-Minute De-Stress… It’s Not What You Think

If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you might think that this post is about a quiet walk in the woods. Or a trip to see a beautiful sunset. Or maybe a quiet moment watching wildlife on a spring evening. But no….this post is about…

Gramma Fischer’s Chili Sauce

I inherited my grandmother’s recipe box when she died. It is one of my most cherished possessions because she was the best cook ever.  As a child, I’d stand by the sink and study the way she cleaned and diced celery, made famously delicious mashed potatoes…

Seafood Bliss: A Trip to the Pelican Market

Pelican Seafood is the best local source for fresh fish in our area.   Located on US 1, just off the road to the bridge to South Hutchinson Island, the market sells only the freshest fish, mussels, crabs and lobster.  Take a look: It all looks so delicious, I walk in…

A Visit to the Raj

A couple of years ago, I made a life-changing trek to an Ayurvedic spa called The Raj, located in Fairfield, Iowa.  I made the trek to undergo ‘Panchakarma‘, a cleansing therapy, but left with so much more. I recently found a journal I kept that chronicle a…

Kayaking the South Fork

We’ve enjoyed getting to know the  North Fork of the St. Lucie River, which is just near our home. As you know from previous posts, wild, lush jungle surrounds you as you paddle through the wilderness. We’ve heard stories that the South Fork, near Stuart, is…

Big Dogs! Little Dogs! Black and White Dogs!

Florida doesn’t just have dog parks….it has dog beaches! We took a trip to Walton Rocks, St. Lucie County’s popular dog beach on Sunday. Walton Rocks is a place where dogs can run free, splash in the water, and get to know other dogs…

Bridge Therapy: Hikin’ the South Bridge

There’s a high bridge that links Fort Pierce to South Hutchinson Island. I’m mildly afraid of heights and when you combine that with being over water, my heart starts beating fast.  Add a nice stiff breeze and I start sweating.  Put me in a car and…

“Woah, Woah, Woah, Woah, Woah”: An Excursion Down the St. Lucie River

I usually associate the word “Woah” with horses and oxen.  Don’t you? After this story, you’ll think of the word differently. Some Michigan friends recently let us know they were going to be in our area and we eagerly invited them over for a…

A Brief Respite at Nelson Family Farms

Here in Florida, Publix dominates the grocery scene.   Publix is a nice store, living up to its slogan most of the time  “Where shopping is a pleasure”.  We have one just down the main road, a 10-minute walk away from our house. But convenience isn’t…