how to pet a manatee

How To Pet A Manatee Without Going To Jail

We watched from shore as a manatee’s snout popped up above the surface of the water for a breath of air.  Over and over again, the manatee surfaced, but we were too far away to get a good look.  My mom and I were at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida, and it was the last day of our trip to the Keys.  I started...

Dry Tortugas National Park Fort Jefferson

Dry Tortugas National Park

During a trip to the Florida Keys, I spent a day at Dry Tortugas National Park on Garden Key, 70 miles from Key West.  It was on a trip with my mom, and honestly she planned and booked that part of the itinerary without me really even knowing what it was.  She kept talking about “dry tortugas” and I was like, sure, sure, we’re going to...