A walk in the sunshine: Sanibel Island, Florida

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows – Helen Keller

If you are in Fort Myers, exploring the city, no doubt you will hear about Sanibel Island. Reputed to be one of the most charming islands in Florida, Sanibel is frequently visited by tourists, and locals alike.

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Exploring Florida: The best things to see and do in Fort Myers

A gateway to the Southwest Florida region, Fort Myers is a major tourist destination on the banks of Caloosahatchee River. Established as a Seminole War Post in 1841, Fort Myers was known originally as Fort Harvie. Being transformed from a farming and cattle community in the late 1860’s into a commercial one, Fort Myers gained by the mid 1880’s a national notoriety for local recreational fishing.

From a small community, Fort Myers (nicknamed the City of Palms) has changed its look over time, new brick buildings replacing the original wooden ones. Today, the landscape of Southwest Florida has changed dramatically from what it used to be; however, the historic neighbourhoods and landmarks continue to bring some colour to the city.

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Strolling through Key West: a walking guide to the Southernmost city in the continental U.S.

Key West is the Southernmost city in the continental U.S., the point where the North begins: Mile 0. As the name suggests, Key West is also the westernmost of the inhabited islands, which, along with all the other keys located off the southern coast of Florida form a coral key archipelago, known as Florida Keys.

Mile 0, Key West
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CA, US: Around Huron Lake in 8 days

Canadians love outdoors. At least half of them, who can’t wait to get their outdoor belongings every weekend and scatter to various destinations.

Our excitement actually started when we began making plans to have a road trip around Lake Huron, one of the five Great Lakes in North America.

road trip 2017

Part of the UNESCO heritage, Niagara Escarpment goes through Tobermory. The escarpment that runs from New York through Ontario (Canada), Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois is mostly famous for the cliff where Niagara River plunges at Niagara Falls. But today I will talk about Tobermory, located right between Huron Lake and Georgian Bay, and which is the most northerly town in the Bruce Peninsula. Continue reading

US, Michigan: Best of UP – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Grand Sable Dunes and Sable Falls – Grand Marais

Around Huron Lake in 8 days: Best of UP, Part 5 – Around Huron Lake in 8 days: Grand Sable Dunes and Sable Falls – Grand Marais

Coming from Munising on County Rd H-58, we passed by the famous Log Slide Overview. The location was used originally in the 19th century by the local loggers to slide the logs from the top of the dunes to the base of the banks, to Lake Superior, in order to facilitate the transportation of timber from this area. Now this place is a wonderful spot to admire the blue and to lose yourself in an ecstatic reverie.

Grand Sable Dunes view from the Log Slide overlook
Grand Sable Dunes – view from the Log Slide overlook

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US, Michigan: Best of UP – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Lake Superior’s Graveyard and Au Sable Light Station

Around Huron Lake in 8 days: Best of UP, Part 4 – Lake Superior’s Graveyard and Au Sable Light Station

20 km West of Grand Marais, Au Sable Light Station can be visited following the 2.5 km trail that start at the Hurricane River mouth, where the big red food storage box is located. The trail goes through the forest for a while, until the path splits in two and one way goes toward the beach. Along the shoreline lays some of the coastal graveyard, where we saw several parts of the old wrecks that washed ashore. You probably guessed which way we took, since both ways were heading to the light station.

Hurricane River
Hurricane River

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US, Michigan: Best of UP – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Pictured Rocks Cruise

Around Huron Lake in 8 days: Best of UP, Part 3 – Pictured Rocks Cruise

After about 10 km in the Beaver Basin, we headed straight to the Munising Marina, hoping for happy winds and a tranquil evening. Wish granted, we happily purchased our new tickets and headed to the boarding line. We couldn’t stop noticing everyone’s excitement, while a sailor was asking people where they were from.

Staying in line with another 50 excited people

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US, Michigan: Best of UP – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Beaver Basin Hiking – Twelvemile Beach

Around Huron Lake in 8 days: Best of UP, Part 2 – Beaver Basin Hiking – Twelvemile Beach

Hiking in the Beaver Basin can start from the trailing parking lot beside the Little Beaver Lake Campground, after a 5 km of unpaved, narrow, twisting, and size restrictive road.

Little Beaver Lake
Little Beaver Lake

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