The Lights Are On In Largo!

  • 4:14 pm Saturday, November 25th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

This past weekend it was time to light the lights – a lot of them. More than one million lights have transformed the Florida Botanical Gardens for Holiday Lights In The Garden. Every night there’s entertainment for the whole family along with Santa’s nightly visits. What a magical place to make sure the big guy knows what’s on the kids list, and for you to create new family holiday memories! Holiday Lights is open through through Sunday, Dec. 31, every evening from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. A small donation of $4 per person ages 13 and over is suggested. And why [More]

The Manatees Are Back!

  • 3:35 pm Friday, November 24th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

The manatees are returning to TECO’s Big Bend Power Plant in Apollo Beach and I’m glad I took a little side trip on Black Friday before heading home for a little online shopping. There are not as many at the Viewing Center as you will see when the water in their usual habitats gets cooler but there were more than enough to charm the many visitors. Along with the manatees I actually had a quick glimpse at a few sharks! The tarpon were also around but the stars of the show will also be the manatees.

I found one mother [More]

Take The Hiking Spree Challenge With Me!

  • 8:50 am Thursday, November 9th, 2017 by Ann Kelly


I love a challenge. And, I love long walks in beautiful parks. So put those two together and we have the Hillsborough County Hiking Spree. I’ve accepted that challenge! What a great opportunity to show you some of the wonderful parks in Hillsborough County and take you down the many hiking trails. The Hiking Spree Challenge is easy; once you register simply choose at least eight parks to take your hike in now through March 31st of 2018, keep track of your travels and if you complete the challenge choose from a patch, medallion or walking stick.

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The Lion Next Door – And More – At Big Cat Rescue

  • 8:31 am Sunday, November 5th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

It’s hard to describe exactly how I felt hearing a lion’s roar early on a Saturday morning while walking through Big Cat Rescue. After all, I had just gone through the drive-through right next to the sanctuary for a latte not five minutes before and now I was in the middle of one of the most precious places in Tampa Bay. Big Cat Rescue is in the Citrus Park area and was there long before there was a mall, subdivisions and what you probably think of the whole area as being now. But twenty-five years ago Big Cat Rescue [More]