This is a micro-chocolate factory in Kissimmee, just a few blocks from where I am staying. They have hourly tours and free chocolate samples. How could I pass that up? 🙂 Some photos. Chocolate Kingdom OK, who doesn’t like chocolate…? Our tour guide Rachel explains the history of chocolate. (She was very entertaining, and I … More Chocolate Kingdom
This rather small museum is typical of the “military museums” that can be found in cities all over the country. Mostly uniforms, medals, some firearms. Some photos from a visit. The museum Inside the museum Replica Confederate Civil War hand grenade with cloth fuse British “Ferret” Armored Scout Car 1941 Indian Ejection seat from F-105 … More Museum of Military History
I’m staying at a Cracker Barrel near Celebration, the town that Disney owns. This whole area is the most insanely commercialized place in the world–in every direction there is an unbroken stretch of hotels, gift shops, and restaurants. Every block has a kiosk offering “cheap Disney tickets!!!”–the catch is that they also wanna sell you … More Greetings From Kissimmee
OK, everyone who knows me knows that I love snakes. I used to make my living doing live reptile shows for school classrooms, and I’ve kept well over 100 different species of reptile over the years, including venomous. So I’m always happy to see a snake in the wild. But this time of year they’re … More Woo Hoo! A Snake!
[NOTE: I’ve blogged all these “how-to” posts before, but am gonna re-run them on occasion, since folks may have missed them, and many of them have been updated or expanded since they were first posted.] Van dwelling is a very cheap way to live. Or, more accurately, it can be a very cheap way to … More What’s It All Cost to Live in a Van?
The Flamingo Visitors Center is about an hour’s drive from the park entrance in Homestead, so many tourists don’t make the trip down, and spend all their time up at Royal Palm instead. I was hoping to see some American Crocodiles, which I have seen in the wild in Costa Rica but never in Florida. … More Everglades, Flamingo Visitors Center
Florida is the land of invasive non-native species—we have everything from kudzu plants to Burmese Pythons. Worldwide, invasive species are the second-leading cause of extinctions, behind only “habitat loss”. Here are some of the non-native species that I have encountered and photographed during my stay in Miami. Green Iguana. Native to Central and South America Tilapia. … More Invasive Species in Miami