Rye Preserve Manatee County, Florida

Rye Preserve, Manatee County Florida

Rye Preserve Manatee County Florida

Located on Rye Road north of Florida Highway 64, (Florida Cracker Turnpike) the Rye Preserve is a small park located on the Manatee River.

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Secluded trail in Rye Preserve

Quaint path leading to the Manatee River

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Manatee River in Rye Preserve

This 145 acre property located just northwest of the Lake Manatee Dam. The preserve features nature trails, horseback trails, picnic areas, a playground and a canoe/kayak launch. 

The preserve’s trail system leads visitors through four distinctive ecosystems, including sand pine scrub, xeric oak scrub, oak hammocks and the river community. A variety of interesting creatures can be seen in these areas including the rare gopher tortoise and Florida scrub-jay. 

A quaint path in Rye Preserve in Manatee County Florida

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Brookville Lake, Franklin County Indiana

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A quiet refuge from the daily hustle and bustle, Brookville Reservoir in the southeastern corner of Indiana, lies on the east fork of the Whitewater River Valley near Brookville Indiana.  It is a part of the Brookville Lake -Whitewater Memorial State Park Complex. 

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The lake is home to two State Recreation Areas: Mounds State Recreation Area (not to be confused with Mounds State Park in Anderson) and Quakertown State Recreation Area.

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For scenic beauty the best time to visit is October when the fall colors are displayed in all their splendor.The lake has more than 25 miles of hiking trails, boating opportunities, and nationally known recreational and sport fishing.

Two beaches and more than 400 campsites make this an ideal family vacation spot, with plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy.

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The area was purchased by the federal government for flood control and to provide a place for wildlife and recreation. More than 11,000 acres provide a variety of habitats for plants and wildlife. Brookville is one of the few sites in Indiana where walleye grow big enough for fisheries biologists to milk the females for eggs to supply walleye fry to many lakes in Indiana.

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Traces of prehistoric Native American mounds are still found throughout this valley. The area is known by some worldwide for its significant deposit of Ordovician fossils. These 450-million-year-old fossils, reminders of a primeval inland sea, can still be seen.

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 The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Rock Port, Michigan

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Rock Port Park is a 4,237 acre state park located along the shore of Lake Huron in Presque and Alpena counties. 

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An old limestone quarry it was used in days of old to transport the limestone from the quarry to destinations around the world.

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Today there isn’t much left but a pile of stone and boat piers that are no longer in use.

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The channels were deep enough so that almost any shop could dock and load it’s cargo.

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With several ship wrecks just off the coast, it is a favorite scuba diving spot and training facility for the local rescue squads.

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Bats do hibernate in the caves located in the  area. Also , this is northern Michigan so wildlife of all varieties abound.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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Metamora Indiana Masonic Lodge

 Metamora is a quaint little village in southeastern Indiana located midway between Indianapolis Indiana and Cincinnati Ohio. Situated on the Whitewater River, the town played an important part in the early history of Indiana. Featuring an early canal as well as one of the first railroads in the area, much of the early development of the state came along the Whitewater valley.

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The masonic lodge was formed in 1853, and the building where the meetings are still being held was acquired in 1888.

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The plaque mounted proudly on the front wall tells of the early history.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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Lakeland Florida

The Lakeland area was first populated by the Paleo Indians near the end of the last ice age. As the ice melted , they ended up staying for thousands of years and at one time there were over 250,000 indians living on the Florida peninsula.

Eventually after several wars with the Spanish most were wiped out , the remaining later merged with the Creek Indians who came from the north and afterwards became known as the Seminoles.

Florida became a state in 1845 and Polk County was formed in 1861 with Bartow named  the county seat because most of the activity was around the Bartow /Fort Meade area. In later years people began entering from the north with most settling in the Lakeland area.

Like many towns , the railroads brought  people and jobs to Lakeland. Founded by a Kentuckian, Abraham Munn, Lakeland began to grow and eventually replaced Bartow as the county seat. Some of the names suggested for the new town were: Munnville, Red Bug, and Rome City. 

After the start of the Spanish-American War, Florida was used a launch point and as a result, Lakeland housed about 9,000 troops. The town grew rapidly  and was on it’s way to becoming the large metropolitan area it is today. 

Today it is not only the home to distribution warehouses for many large corporations, it is the spring training home to major league baseball teams, and has many fine restaurants, hotels and other attractions available, located only thirty miles from Disney World , it offers many alternative hotel accommodations to Orlando.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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Vevay, Switzerland County ,Indiana

Nestled in the gently rolling hills of Southern Indiana lies Vevay Indiana.
A small town of 1700 residents , it was founded in 1802 by Swiss immigrants intent on cultivating grapes and producing wine.  Thus it earned the reputation of being home to the first commercially produced winery in the United States.

To commemorate it’s historic past, Vevay holds an annual celebration, The Swiss Wine Festival, normally beginning on Thursday of the last week-end in August. In earlier days the only attractions were the grape stomping contests and the wine garden, from there it has grown over the last forty years to include such activities as ferry rides on the Ohio River,amusement rides, beauty pageants, car shows,musical performances, and cheerleading competitions.

Activities also include shopping booths and fireworks over the Ohio River on Saturday night.
In 1814,when Switzerland County was established, Vevay became the county seat. From that time growth has been slow due to its location, not being near anywhere the area has retained the charm and friendliness of a small town. The kind of town where everyone knows everyone, where people speak and wave to one another, where everyone is a neighbor and a friend.

There has been a resurgence of the grape industry, making it and the growing of tobacco the two main crops in this tiny county.
The country side is dotted with small villages with colorful names such as Bear Branch, Quercus Groove, Lamb, Patriot, Farmer’s Retreat, Pleasant, China, Canaan, Mount Sterling, Aberdeen,Center Square,Long Run, and Braytown.
Equally unique are the roads with such names as Red Hog Pike, Mexico Ridge, Lost Fork, Dry Creek, Fishing Worm Ridge, Splinter Ridge,Doe Run, Tater Bug Rd, Taxidermy Rd, Patton Hollow, Half and Half Rd. , Hard Scrabble Rd, Log Lick Rd, Goose Creek Rd, Eagle Hollow Rd, and Bear Branch Rd.

This tiny corner of Indiana deserves a visit, especially in the fall when the autumn leaves are displaying their many colors, Don’t forget to stop at the Swiss Inn located in downtown Vevay and enjoy one of their signature pieces of pie!

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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