The Science Behind Sinkholes: How and Why Sinkholes are Formed

Many Florida residents (myself included) have a secret fear of sinkholes.  The earth suddenly opens up before your feet, and decides that it is hungry for your house, your car, and your very being.  Terrifying to think about, and highly unlikely to actually occur.  That being said, sinkholes tend to occur in areas that have “karst” topography.  What …

Fueling Your Boat–Good Advice from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Fueling Your Boat WASHINGTON -A fire on a boat is frightening and, often, fatal.  When fueling, chances of a fuel fire are heightened.  Gasoline fumes are highly flammable.  Here are some precautions: Close all of the windows and doors before refueling. Frequently check fuel lines and connections for leaks and worn spots. Be sure all …

“Ti Amo” Loves Fresh Local Ingredients: Dinner and a Show!

One of the highest rated places on the restaurant scene in Gainesville, Ti Amo is located downtown about a block away from the Hippodrome Theater.  The restaurant specializes in fine dining, and the menu has a decided mediterranean twist.  Ti Amo is a somewhat pricey restaurant, with full size entrees averaging about $20.  However, for smaller …

The Gilchrist Club–26,000 Acres in the Heart of Gilchrist County

Gilchrist County prides itself in having only one traffic light, but that’s not all!  It also has one of the nicest private hunting and fishing clubs in the state of Florida, the Gilchrist Club.  More of an ‘estate’, the club encompasses almost 27,000 acres of prime managed forests and uplands.  There’s upscale lodging for members, …

The “Hart” of Gilchrist County: Hart Springs

Open year round, Hart Springs in Gilchrist County is located just off of the Suwannee River.  Hart springs is a beautiful place, and is tends to be less crowded than other springs in the summer time, because it is a bit off the beaten path.  There are many activities available at Hart Springs, like fishing, …

A Taste of Natural North Florida: The Truffle Cake Company

Gainesville’s Truffle Cake Company takes the old adage about good things and small packages to new heights. The hand-crafted cake bites dipped in chocolate are not only divine, they’re packaged in a serving size that minimizes the guilt of eating something so decadent. With a super-moist, flavorful inside and a thickly chocolate-coated outside, these truffles …

Biking St. Marks

A town as scenic, laid-back and traffic-free as St. Marks just begs to be explored on two wheels. Biking allows you to hop off and explore the places you notice along your meandering route, and you’re far more likely to notice them when you’re traveling at a relaxed pace in the open air instead of …

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Located just outside of Gainesville on Archer road is Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.  With the weather just starting to turn from winter to spring, Kanapaha will soon be back in full bloom.  There are approximately 1.5 miles of paths that wind through the gardens, and most of these paths are wheelchair accessible.  There are 24 major collections …