Previous month:
January 2015
Next month:
March 2015

Posts from February 2015

Packing for my Dream Trip to French Polynesia and the Marquesas Islands!

Today I'm packing for my dream trip to Tahiti, Bora-Bora, and the Marquesas Islands.  I'm very excited, but having a hard time deciding what I need as I will be gone for 17 days!  Part of the trip is a cruise which will disembark in San Diego.  I will have 4 days at sea.  I know that is a long time but after having 11 days at sea when I visited Antarctica, I know that LOTS of good reading material is very, very important!  I hope it's a little different than Hawaii and New Zealand, but if it's similar that will be OK :-)

Hawaii:

6a00e55215d62e883401a73da46d52970d6a00e55215d62e883401a5115ee8c6970c6a00e55215d62e883401a5115ee8c6970cNew Zealand:

6a00e55215d62e883401a5115ee8c6970c
6a00e55215d62e883401a5115ee8c6970c

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I will be in touch as soon as I have a decent internet connection.  The internet on cruise ships is notoriously expensive and slow so I won't be posting until my return in mid March.  Take care my friends!

~Michelle

 


Naples Botanical Gardens

 I'm excited to be returning to the botanical gardens in Naples, Florida this coming weekend.  I was just there a few weeks ago with my family.  We enjoyed it so much that we decided to buy a year membership.  

On certain days of the week the Naples Botanical Gardens offer yoga classes and other days where people can bring their dogs.  They often have concerts and they currently have some beautiful sculptures throughout the six unique gardens at this attraction.   The gardens are all beautifully maintained.   Admission is only $14.95 for an adult.  If you decide to become a member they will apply your admission fee toward your membership fee. 

I highly recommend this attraction if you are in the southern Florida or Naples area.  It is a very peaceful and relaxing environment with a lot of beautiful things to see.  The six different Gardens offer different types of flowers and trees for all tastes.  I really enjoy taking photos while there.

Here is their web site for more information:   Naples Botanical Gardens

Botanical 1-03611The above and below photo show a very large yoga class in progress on a Sunday morning.
Botanical 1-03611An endangered Monarch butterfly on a purple flower:
Botanical 1-03611
Botanical 1-03611
I loved this sculpture of a horse that looks like it's galloping through the garden:
Botanical 1-03611There were many beautiful archways like this one:
Botanical 1-03611Here is a building in the oriental garden:
Botanical 1-03611There were so many gorgeous orchids throughout the gardens.  I enjoyed seeing them as I have always loved them, but never had any luck keeping one in my home.

Botanical 1-03611 10991590_10205236208818849_7337493501544665557_o
10991590_10205236208818849_7337493501544665557_o

Botanical 1-03611

Pictured above is one of the lily pad and lotus ponds in the oriental garden that I loved.

There were many benches and hammocks for people to relax and enjoy the beauty:
Botanical 1-03611I am really working on my close up photos which will hopefully improve after this next trip :)
Botanical 1-03611
Botanical 1-03611Thank you so much for stopping by.  Please leave any comments or questions you might have.  I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

~Michelle


Visiting the Khorashan State Park With My Father's 1947 Chevy Truck

While visiting my father in southern Florida we decided to take his 1947 Chevy truck to Khorashan State Park for some photos.  While there we got some very nice photos of his truck in front of some older buildings which made for a nice backdrop.  We also learned a lot about this fascinating place which is now used as a campground and attracts many tourists every day.  The Estero river runs through the state park and many kayakers can be seen in this beautiful shaded River area.  The older houses are not typical of this area of Florida.                        

I also enjoyed learning about the cult that settled in this area in the late 1800s.  Found it fascinating that they were able to build everything that they did without air-conditioning and dealing with the wildlife such as spiders, snakes and alligators that are indigenous to this area.  It was also very interesting to learn about their beliefs and what brought them together to build this commune.   

Cyrus Reed Teed brought followers to Estero in 1894 to build the "New Jerusalem" for his new faith, Koreshanity. The colony, known as the Koreshan Unity, believed that the entire universe existed within a giant, hollow sphere. The colony began to leave after Teed´s death in 1908.

When visiting the Khorashan State Park, one can camp, fish, hike, canoe, kayak and view wildlife.  The volunteers who work there are very friendly and knowledgeable.  My dad and I saw a wedding taking place while there.  If you enjoy nature and like to get away from the crowds, this state park might be a nice excursion if you visit southern Florida.

You can read more about the Khorashan State Park here (just click on the next line):  The cost was only $5.00/vehicle to visit when I was there.

Khorashan State Park information

   I loved this beautiful building:
Korashan (1 of 1)-2Cyrus Reed Teed

Cat vid (1 of 1)-11I greatly admired the detail and beauty of this staircase:
Cat vid (1 of 1)-11This angle of the house shows the barrel that collected rain water for their everyday use:

Korashan (1 of 1)-2A room inside the home:

Korashan (1 of 1)-2
My dad's 47 Chevy truck:
Korashan (1 of 1)-2

Korashan (1 of 1)-2
Korashan (1 of 1)-2
Korashan (1 of 1)-2

Korashan (1 of 1)-2One of the many workshops:
Korashan (1 of 1)-2
Kayakers:

Korashan (1 of 1)-2
Korashan (1 of 1)-2
Korashan (1 of 1)-2A hiking trail:
Korashan (1 of 1)-2
Thank you very much for stopping by.  Have you ever visited a state park?  If so, which ones?  Have a wonderful weekend!  ~Michelle