Emerald Coasting – Learning to Scuba Dive on the Emerald Coast

I had always wanted to learn to dive. I knew from photographs, from documentaries, from my friends and family that the underwater world boasted gorgeous landscapes complete with rainbow-colored fish, intricately shaped corals, and larger marine life like sea turtles and dolphins. I had brushed the surfaces of these aquatic environments through snorkeling, but I…

Birding Maine – Whale Watching for Birds, Part II

Read Part I first! We continued out into the open ocean. A giant seal finally slipped past, but they are easily spooked and the seal dove beneath the water before any of us could really get a good look at it. From everyone’s faces (and the retching we heard from some unfortunate passenger on the…

Florida State Parks – Perdido Key State Park

I knew I had “beat the heat” the moment my feet touched the white sand of Perdido Key State Park. Farther inland the air was sticky with humidity, the pavement hot to the touch even through my flip flops. By contrast, on the beach the coastal breeze ruffled my hair and the emerald waves of…