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Sallie (FullTime-Life)
Florida, Pacific Northwest, and points in between
It is not so much the destination that matters so much as the voyage itself..
Interests: Travel, nature, boating, reading, blogging about it all
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Just one more picture from the beginning of our Winter-Spring Season in the sub-tropics: "A Man A Plan A Canal Panama." This is the planner on the deck of our stateroom as we began our crossing. He planned that anniversary-celebration... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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Our Florida season is drawing toward the end. Although we still have over two weeks before we actually close things up here, we've been busy with all those end-of-the-year home projects that seem to add up ... and besides that... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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We stopped at Harns Marsh in Lehigh Acres on our way to the Everglades Canals last week. We were watching a few Limpkins who were looking for -- and finding -- apple snails. These snails are pretty much the only... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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Yesterday (May 5) we drove out to a couple of our favorite places to see birds, along the Everglades canals. It was one of those Florida Spring days where the weather varies between tropical downpours and bright sunshine (sometimes within... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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This is a morning sky shot taken from our back porch. It's beautiful and very quiet on the Canal now. Most snowbirds have left Florida for their summer homes. We are snowbirds too, but we usually come a little later... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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All pictures in this week's post are from our visit to the Audubon Corkscrew Sanctuary earlier this month. The dry season is just ending in Florida -- it is a good thing that there is this much water in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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Last week we traveled by boat to Tween Waters Marina Resort on beautiful Captiva Island. There were four boats and one couple who traveled by car and met us at the resort. It was another great middle-of-the-week long weekend. We... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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Last week we took a picnic lunch to Corkscrew Audubon Nature Preserve and enjoyed a nice long (for us) nature hike around the preserve. We used to see Roseate Spoonbills more often, but haven't had good sightings this season until... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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Happy Easter to all who celebrate. And this year, the Holiday falls on a date that is perfect to remember the English tradition/superstition which says (no fooling): "a person should say or repeat the word 'rabbit' or 'white rabbit' three... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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Spring flowers are different here in the subtropics. Sometimes I miss daffodils and violets which don't bloom here, but oh the bright and beautiful flowers that do thrive in this climate! We visited R F Orchids in Homestead last week... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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E-10 and E-11, this year's two (no longer) baby eagles, are practicing for the soon-to-come day when they'll leave their North Fort Myers nest for good. My timing was perfect when I stopped at the pasture last week. Right in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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The busy port of George Town on Grand Cayman Island was the last shore destination of our Panama Canal cruise before it would end a couple days later at Fort Lauderdale Florida. Our first impression of this island as our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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I'm posting about a boat-trip again -- but this week closer to real time, in a (much) smaller boat, and (much) closer to home than the cruise ship trip I posted about last week (and earlier). We traveled to Cape... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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The day after the Panama Canal transit (here) the cruise ship arrived at Cartagena and we were all rested and ready for a shore excursion. While the actual Canal transit was an experience of a lifetime, we experienced it all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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We've had company .... and we took them to the swamps and the sloughs. Whoever said we weren't great hosts? Our brother and sister-in-law are visiting from Spokane (the Eastern half of Washington State) where they left frigid temperatures and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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. On Tuesday, November 21, we transited the Panama Canal, going from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea during one amazing day aboard our cruise ship. Most of these pictures were taken from our cabin during the passage through... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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Almost in real time for a change, today's pictures are from a couple of days out and about last week -- right here in SW Florida. The beautiful evening skies along the river were an unexpected bonus when we went... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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Puntarenas was the fourth stop on our Canal Cruise and it was the very next day after our on-shore day in Nicaragua. This was the first and only time on the cruise when we had two on-shore days in a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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Today's pictures are from two recent overnight trips... one by boat, one by car. We are fortunate to have so many interesting destinations near our winter home. I'm convinced that Southwest Florida is blessed with some of the most beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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This week's update from the present, here at our winter home: The weather most of last week was lovely, but this weekend it is chilly again. (Not cold for the rest of the country, just chilly for part-time Floridians, who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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Update from home: We're starting our second month at the Florida Canal Cottage but I am still blogging about our trip to get here. Here in SW Florida we had lovely weather for both Holidays, but it turned quite cold... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at A Full-time Life
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It’s really true that we are at home in the Sunshine State for the season -- and I'm taking a break from posting about our sea-to-sea journey to get here in order to show some "natural Florida." These pictures were... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at A Full-time Life
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Season's Greetings from the Canal Cottage. The weather isn't typical .... .... but the Christmas spirit is the same. It is surprisingly busy here in our resort -- we retired people don't let the lack of snow and cold stop... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at A Full-time Life
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(We're settling back in at the Florida 'Canal Cottage' in real life -- but still cruising here in blogland.) Every morning I tried to take a picture or two of what we saw from the ship. The buildings are the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at A Full-time Life
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We have been at the Florida "Canal Cottage" for a week (since Sunday November 26) ..... and this year we came by boat: Actually it was a ship ... the picture above is the Ruby Princess, a sister to the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at A Full-time Life
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