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Maui, Hawaii

December 2017 – Maui is the second largest Hawaiian island.  Our cruise ship, Pride of America, docked overnight in Kahului.  The first day we explored the eastern side of the island via the Road to Hana.  The second day, we… Continue Reading →

Paddling to the Dome Houses at Cape Romano, Marco Island

May 2017 – While visiting the Gulf Coast and Everglades, we planned a paddling trip to the famous dome houses at Cape Romano.  The history of the houses had fascinated me since the first time I saw them mentioned online,… Continue Reading →

Honeymoon Island State Park

May 2017 – We spent most of a day at this park as part of our trip down the Gulf Coast.  The weather was gorgeous and sunny, with temperatures in the upper eighties.  This park was a short drive from… Continue Reading →


December 2016 – Our first port stop for our December cruise was at Oranjestad, Aruba.  After being on the ship for over two days, we were ready to stretch our legs and go exploring.  Our first excursion was a catamaran… Continue Reading →

Long Key, FL

December 2016 – We spent one night in Long Key pre-cruise out of Miami.  During our past Keys trip, we had stayed at the Lime Tree Bay Resort and liked it enough that we booked it again for this trip…. Continue Reading →

St Thomas

December 2013 – St Thomas, USVI, is by far one of my favorite places on this planet.  This was our first visit to the island, and I fell in love with the tropical feel, cool breezes, and gorgeous landscapes. We… Continue Reading →

Nassau, Bahamas

December 2013 – We visited Nassau during an eastern Caribbean cruise.  We were the first people off the boat and immediately set out on our walk to the Colonial Hilton.  We had somehow missed the early morning (whispered) announcement on… Continue Reading →

Cozumel, Mexico

December 2012 – Cozumel will always hold a special place in my heart because it was our first stop on our honeymoon.  We visited during a western Caribbean cruise.  We disembarked the ship and followed the signs to the taxi… Continue Reading →

Fort Clinch State Park

June 2015 – Fort Clinch State Park is located on the northern end of Amelia Island, about a 45 minute drive from Jacksonville.  The park charges an admission fee for visitors without annual state park passes. Entering the park, there… Continue Reading →

Roaton, Honduras

December 2014 – We visited Roaton for a day trip on a cruise stop.  Since the area was under a travel warning at the time of our visit, we had prebooked an excursion to Maya Key Island.  We disembarked the ship… Continue Reading →

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