Big Cypress National Preserve

After spending nearly 5 hours on a boat in the Everglades last week in search of wildlife such as alligators and great landscape photos of the Everglades and coming up basically empty, I decided to try another approach. I got up on Saturday morning and with my better half, we traveled across I-75 aka Alligator Alley on our way to Big Cypress National Preserve. I figured why just go on the outskirts of the Everglades when we can go into the heart of the Everglades.

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Blizzard of ’09

Seeing the images from yesterday’s blizzard in the Northeast reminded me of the blizzard I got caught in NYC last year. I took a day trip into the city to check out the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. I had always dreamed of seeing that tree so I went a few days before Christmas. I had saw the weather reports of the impending storm but with the time table the forecasters gave I thought I had enough time to take the Bolt Bus back to Boston at night before the snow got too heavy.

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Ancient Spanish Monastery

Ancient Spanish Monastery

Today I decided to check out the The Cloisters of the Ancient Spanish Monastery down in North Miami Beach. I was surfing online one day and stumbled upon the website for it. The history of the Monastery was that it was built in Sacramenia, Spain back between 1133-1144 and that in 1925 it was purchased by an American, William Randolph Hearst, who had it disassembled stone by stone and brought over here where it was pieced back together. Today it is a museum of sorts and an active Episcopalian church, St.Bernard’s Church. Many of the relics, statues, altars, paintings, at the Monastery were from the original site and are about 800 years old.

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