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March 27, 2014

Janes Memorial Scenic Parkway | Things To do

Janes Scenic ParkwayRecently, I had the opportunity to play tour guide with winter house guests. Besides seeing the usual southwest Florida sites I thought it would be interesting to finally tour Janes Memorial Scenic Drive. If you’re not aware, Janes is an eleven mile primitive road that was once a logging ...

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March 23, 2014

Happy Sunday Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs Rodeo

Fort Myers Rodeo on Bayshore

Near Bonita Springs ... We went to "Saturday Night Live" at the Lee County Posse Grounds on Bayshore Drive in North Fort Myers Florida for the Rodeo.  These boys were fascinated with the rodeo clown who was dishing out free advice on the rails.  It was ...

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Feb. 18, 2014

Backyard Owl Houses in Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs House for Owls

For those who doubt, there really are four seasons in Southwest Florida. They’re just not as obvious as up north. Down here we have spring, summer, fall and the fourth season is whither, not winter. My back yard, which is on a tiny preserve, is leafless and sorry looking ...

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Sept. 28, 2013

Downtown Bonita Springs Calendar of Events 2013-2014

Downtown  Bonita Springs Calendar 2013-2014

Downtown Bonita Springs Events Activities Festivals

Downtown Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs, Riverside Park, Taste of Bonita, Riverfest, Bonita blues festival, Holiday in The Park, Art Festival, Concert Band, Village Band, Fruit Tree Sale, Crew Concert, Rockin’ at Riverside, Things to Do, Bonita Springs Florida, Festival

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Sept. 20, 2013

Paddling Big Hickory Pass Bonita Springs Florida

Big Hickory Pass Bonita Springs

Standup Paddle or Kayak Big Hickory

After you move to Bonita Springs, don’t forget to go to the beach.  Seriously, the glow sometimes wears off and you just don’t go as much as you used to.  After nearly thirty years in Bonita Springs I find myself hitting long ...

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July 30, 2013

Mound Key Archeological State Park on Estero Bay, Florida

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Things to Do in SWFL – SUP Paddle to Mound Key

Since the gulf and river water returned to reasonable temperatures this summer, I’d been dreaming of a paddle across the bay to Mound Key. For those of you who don’t know there is a roughly 100 acre tuft ...

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June 30, 2013

The Butterfly Estates in Fort Myers, Florida | Things to Do

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

Southwest Florida Butterfly Conservatory Exhibit

Would you believe that one of the best local places to see Florida butterflies is in Greater Downtown Fort Myers? The Butterfly Estates, home to The Florida Native Butterfly Society, is located just a few blocks from the Caloosahatchee River in the redeveloped river district ...

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June 16, 2013

Orchids at The Butterfly Estates in Fort Myers Florida

Butterfly Estates Orchid

Everything is Beautiful at The Butterfly Estates

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May 15, 2013

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve | Things to Do SWFL

6 Mile Cypress Head

Do The Slough | Parks and Preserves in SWFL

If you’ve lived in Southwest Florida for any length of time you have probably driven by the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve dozens of times and may have never ventured in.  Maybe it’s just been a while since you’ve ...

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March 17, 2013

C.R.E.W. Trails | Things to Do in Bonita Springs

CREW Boardwalk II

Special to Southwest Spotlight Newspaper

When I was growing up kids played outside. There were three channels on the television, occasionally four on a clear day. The American lifestyle was different and a whole bunch less electronic. Who knew we’d be digitally tethered in so many ways and sitting ...

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