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About Jay Dalles

Jay is a writer living in Central Florida, with his wife Judy. They enjoy traveling by car, and Jay normally chooses to go the scenic route. Antiquing is a lifelong avocation, so anytime a sign says “Antiques” his car tends to veer off in that direction.
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Key West in a Day
7 days ago

Key West in a Day

The end of the 100-mile Overseas Highway, that long dramatic drive down through the Florida Keys, and the place of legend and lore is Key West. It is a town to linger in, and to soak in the “Conch” frame of mind. But if you have only a day to linger, here are the highlights to make your visit memorable.

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Oleta River State Park
1 week ago

Oleta River State Park

The Oleta River runs through the northern reaches of the metropolitan Miami area. While Miami is famous for its glitz and glamor, over the top shopping, and clubs, as well as its showy Atlantic Ocean beaches, those from farther away may miss out on this, the largest of all Florida’s urban state parks. Locally it is thought of as the Central Park of the Sunshine State. It is an incredible natural escape from the glittery city that surrounds it.

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Blue Spring State Park
2 weeks ago

Blue Spring State Park

Situated in Orange City in Central Florida, Blue Spring State Park is a haven of beauty that evokes the “Old Florida” and its natural wonders. The park is famous for its eponymous Blue Spring, where 102 million gallons of water flow out of Blue Spring into the St. Johns River every day. It is also well-known for being a wintertime gathering place for the manatees. The manatees congregate at the 73 °F spring and the spring run when the temperature of the St John River system dips lower than is comfortable for them.

Blue Spring State Park

On chilly days, as many as 400 manatees have been counted there. How close can you get to them? About a few feet away, from the viewing platform nearest the water. Keep in mind, interaction with the manatees is not permitted due to the fact that they are a protected species. Visitors will find other creatures and wildlife during warmer seasons. In any season, the park is well worth a visit to stroll, sightsee, relax, reflect, and enjoy some of the hidden wonders of the Sunshine State.

 

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Visiting the Presidio of San Francisco
3 weeks ago

Visiting the Presidio of San Francisco

San Francisco’s Presidio National Historic Landmark has been the centerpiece of the city by the bay since 1776. When Spain colonized California, the Presidio (or fort) was established here for the purpose of guarding San Francisco Bay. Comprising 1,500 acres, the Presidio is a vast and varied park with plenty to do for everyone. This park stretches along the Bay all the way to the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can walk or bike the Presidio, but even better, two different free shuttles will give you a complete overview of the grounds.

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Historic Sites in The Northeast
1 month ago

Historic Sites in The Northeast

When we think of the Northeast region of the United States of America, we think of the following states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. A lot of history has happened here. There are forts and ships and battlefields to remind us of the unfolding saga of the United States. This article highlights historic buildings from each state that are evocative of the state they are in. Enjoy the tour.

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T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
1 month ago

T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is a Florida State Park on the St. Joseph Peninsula near Port St. Joe. You want to go to this state park because this is one of the best-unspoiled stretches of coastline in the state. Among the many wonderful beaches of Florida, this one offers unsurpassed beauty, peaceful solitude, gentle wildlife, and an environment in which to unwind, relax and recharge.

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Palo Duro State Park
1 month ago

Palo Duro State Park

Mention the word “canyon,” and most people think of the biggest canyon in the United States, the Grand Canyon. The second biggest canyon may not spring to mind. But it should. Palo Duro Canyon is the largest canyon in the United States. And you can visit the Palo Duro State Park, near Amarillo, Texas. Palo Duro Canyon is what geologists call a canyon system. It is part of the Caprock Escarpment – a running 175-mile long cliff formation of red and tan rock, ranging from fifty to one hundred feet high- in the Panhandle of Texas. The Palo Duro Canyon was formed by a tributary of the Red River, called the Prairie Dog Town Fork Red River.

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San Miguel Recreation Area
2 months ago

San Miguel Recreation Area

The drive from Telluride Colorado to the northwest of Uravan, Colorado can be accomplished in a little over an hour and a half, and if that is all the time you have to give it, you should go. But if you can spare longer, and stop along the way, you will have a chance to see much of what is also known as the San Miguel River Recreation Area.There are some access points along your drive where you can get up close to the San Miguel River for water and wildlife views, kayaking, rafting and fishing opportunities. It’s one of many freestone rivers in Colorado are not obstructed by dams. The San Miguel is beautiful and continually varying.

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7 Best Women’s Watches for Travel Under $100
2 months ago

7 Best Women’s Watches for Travel Under $100

One of the joys of travel is being at the right place at the right time. There is no better way to achieve that goal, than being well armed with a great travel watch. The goal in this post is to share great women’s travel watches that don’t break the bank. Recently, we did a post on men’s travel watches, but this one’s for the ladies! After all, you want to save those dollars for what you discover on your travels. The recommendation is that you travel with watches that will hold up to all of your plans but will not cause you distress if you misplace or break them. Therefore, all of the watches here are available for under one hundred dollars.
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City of Rocks National Reserve
2 months ago

City of Rocks National Reserve

At City of Rocks National Reserve in Almo, Idaho, you can enjoy one of the most gorgeous and pristine places in the entire United States for breathtaking scenery, stimulating hiking, challenging rock climbing, and primitive camping. Towering granite rock spires inspire the imagination, as they allude to an ancient lost city. There is plenty of history as well, including signs of the 1840s-through-1880s pioneers who were heading west on California Trail; they were the first to describe this area as “a city of steeple rocks” with “tall spires.” Best of all, you can experience most of it in your car.

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