All Aboard the Nieuw Statendam

Tom and I boarded our ship, Nieuw Statendam, on Sunday.  After all the preparation, the planning, the paying off of the trip, we were super excited that the day had finally arrived.  Our four month adventure to Europe begins! Everything went very smoothly on Sunday.  Holland America makes the boarding process a breeze.  Although our …

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Biscayne National Park in Florida

To fill out our week of visiting National Park sites, Tom and I stopped at Biscayne National Park just south of Miami.  Biscayne National Park is 95% water, which means that the number of things you can do without a boat are limited. Biscayne National Park preserves Biscayne Bay and its offshore barrier reefs.  The shore of …

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Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida

The day after visiting De Soto National Memorial, Tom and I visited Big Cypress National Preserve.  Big Cypress is administered by the National Park Service, so I needed the stamp.  In addition, Tom and I had never been there, despite previously visiting Everglades National Park. Big Cypress National Preserve is a diverse landscape of cypress …

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