Favorite Florida Day Trips

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Fort-Gates-Ferry

World’s Worst Commute: Float Across the St. John’s on the Fort Gates Ferry

WELAKA, Florida — Sometimes it’s worth taking the long way home just to enjoy an interesting shortcut. True, in that rare instance when you need to make the drive from Salt Springs to Welaka, the Fort Gates Ferry will save you about forty miles and a pointless journey up through Palatka and back. But that’s […]

Silver Glen Springs

Silver Glen Springs: A Scenic Jewel of Ocala National Forest

SILVER GLEN SPRINGS STATE PARK, FL — If you can manage to get the place to yourself — and it is possible, but not on busy weekends or holidays — there are few better places to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of Ocala National Forest than Silver Glen Springs. From the comfortable lawn surrounding the spring, […]

Hunting Giant Redfish in the Indian River Lagoon is, on the best days, like fishing in a barrel.

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing: The Traveler Report

MOSQUITO LAGOON, FL — Have you seen this redfish before? I wouldn’t be surprised. A quick-and-dirty calculation of the ratio between fishermen and redfish in the Mosquito Lagoon suggests that the 43-inch trophy in the photograph above has almost certainly appeared on numerous Facebook profiles before starring on my own wall. And this fish (or […]