I've still been working for LocalTampaBay.com, and we recently posted two articles that I think best express what we're trying to accomplish. First, my father posted about this place in Bradenton that provides opportunities to buy local and support small business. Then, I posted this adventure describing how I find something good almost everywhere to celebrate and share. Check it out.
I returned once again to the Camp Bayou Park in Ruskin, Florida in February 2016, but this time I went when the fossil exhibits were open. Florida has very few fossils from earlier than the Pleistocene, when there were giant pigs and Megalodon sharks, so the Velociraptor skull they have had to be brought in from elsewhere. Everywhere there are bits and pieces that used to be inside alligators, crocodiles, horses, llamas, and mammoths. On the floor was a mammoth tusk that probably weighs more than I do. There are original bones, mineralized bones, and resin casts. There are also many mollusks and echinoderms (sea biscuits!) represented, as well as agatized coral, Florida’s official state fossil and stone. I had never heard of such a thing. As it turns out, there are seven states without official fossils, including New Hampshire and Rhode Island, which along with Florida are the states I’m most familiar with.
Since I drive by it so often, I decided to stop in Haslam’s Bookstore in St. Petersburg, Florida and check it out. It is so big inside that they actually provide a store map. They cover all sorts of fiction and non-fiction, including physics. They even have signed, first-edition copies by famous people. These are kept behind glass. In the same vein of my goofy review of the Marietta Museum, I wrote a review about them....
I had heard of a place in Sarasota, Florida called the Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy and so I decided to check it out. The website mentioned it was closing for construction in June, so I knew I had to act fast. It was pretty cool and I wrote an account of my adventure for you, but I was in a goofy mood that night......
My mother, father, sister, and brother-in-law were going to the beach and I decided to tag along. It was our second visit to Holmes Beach (just south of the mouth of Tampa Bay), but this time we brought chairs. I went exploring.
My mother and I went searching for a park that doesn't exist. Read about our adventure and see my photos...
I recently visited Withlacoochee Park in Dade City, Florida on March 4th, 2015. It was hot, humid, and covered in flies, but other than that it was pretty cool.
I visited Crews Lake Wilderness Park in Shady Hills, Florida on January 21st, a strange land of brightly colored plants, elusive dwarf people, and magic rocks. Click the title to read more.
In the next couple of months I plan to visit at least four parks for the first time, but first I returned to Camp Bayou in Ruskin, Florida once again. It’s amazing some of the things one doesn’t notice the first three times around. It’s also amazing how much can change. Since my last visit, they had cleaned up the trails and fixed the signs. This post is just long enough for me to hide it on the main page, so click on the read more link to the right to read the rest.
Hello, my name is Dan. I am an author, artist, explorer, and contemplator of subjects large and small. I like bacon. I like pizza. I like bacon pizza. I enjoy long walks on the beach, but prefer the mountains. I am a huge fan of Jesus. When I grow up, I want to be just like him and create my own universes.