Reflections on Wilderness

How one weekend paddler found his park on an eight-day kayak trip across the Everglades By Don Finefrock The moment of truth arrived early, before I even dipped my paddle in Chokoloskee Bay.  Two companions and I had decided to paddle the Wilderness Waterway in Everglades National Park, starting in Chokoloskee and ending – with

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Out of Shadows, Into Light

How one park ranger found his park while watching the sun rise over the Grand Canyon By Gary Bremen, Biscayne National Park Ranger In 1972, my parents took me on an extraordinary journey that continues to this day. We left our home in the Miami suburb of Hialeah in a sky-blue Ford pickup truck. Behind

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Does This Outfit Match My Canoe?

How a Miami Fashionista found her park while camping in Everglades National Park By Zoraida Pastor I am a city girl and one of the most feminine women you will ever meet. I was born in heels. In high school, I was Madame Popular. Highly perfumed and accessorized, I’d walk the halls like a queen

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Dry Tortugas Photo Contest

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December 2015 – The Dry Tortugas Photo Contest is drawing to a close. Check out the 12 monthly winners at the link below and vote for the best of the bunch. The grand prize winner will be announced in early 2016. The contest was sponsored by the Yankee Freedom III which operates daily ferry service

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Wildlife Sighting: Flamingos

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December 2015 – Flamingos have been spotted recently in both Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. The pair pictured here was seen just before Thanksgiving in Snake Bight, near Flamingo, at the end of the main park road. Look for them the next time you’re in the park!

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