Monday, February 19, 2018

Freeport, FL

Tomorrow we head north out of Florida!  Time to move on.  We'll be heading north and west this year.  Do enjoy Florida....in the winter, of course!;)

We had a busy week in this area as we are very close to the gulf and there are a lot of cute gulf towns and great places to eat as well as breweries and lots of walking trails!  Grayton Beach State Park is about 15 miles from our campground and has an absolutely lovely beach!

 Driving (on 30A) through and walking around the cities of Sea Side, Water Color, etc. was very nice. And Grayton and Idyll Hound Breweries in the South Walton area are very good as well as Destin Brewery in Destin:


crossing the dunes to access Grayton Beach

miles of pristine pure white sand, thank goodness it was overcast and breezy this day!



seems mushrooms will tolerate most environments





one happy fisherman!




Valentines dinner at The Bay!




Enjoying grilled oysters at
Idyll Hound brewery!

They had a great sour and a
couple good IPAs





At Grayton Brewery we attended
a Brews, Blues and BBQ night.
What fun!!!
band was great and food so good they ran out of it!



Destin Brewery, no sours
but some good IPAs!
Sunset from Beauchamps restaurant.  Till next time Florida.....


Friday, February 9, 2018

Gainesville, Natural Museum of History, Butterfly Exhibit, FL

We have been on several walks through many state and county parks these past few weeks and I could put pics of these places up, which I love, but it is the same old wonderful stuff.  Beautiful marshes, hammocks, alligators, wetland birds....

A couple of weeks ago we went into Gainesville to check out the butterfly pavilion at the Natural Museum of History.  I thought I would share my favorite pictures on this post.  They may not have been in the wild but I sure had fun taking pics:

tree nymph



swallowtail




leopard lacewing

common buckeye



great orange tip














US Army Corp of Engineers Park, Iowa City, IA

Mike and I love it when we can find a COE park because they are always on water and our last stop at Coralville Lake was no exception.  A bi...