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One Day Cruising the Danube

The Cataracts: Some riverside buildings seem to rest on the water. PHOTOS BY CARL AND JOAN KELLY

By Carl and Joan Kelly Our anniversary trip was a cruise on the eastern Danube River. Our ship, the River Aria, is run by Grand Circle Cruise Line. Most of the actual cruising, though, was at night while the passengers slept, and by the time we woke for breakfast, the boat would be docked. So, on most days our waking time was not cruising onboard the boat, but walking about the towns and cities where the boat docked; Odd to call that cruising. One day, however, was spent cruising through the most spectacular section of the eastern Danube, the Cataracts. ... Read More »

Four Things to Pack For Your Charter Boat Trip


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps When you go out on a charter boat trip, you want to be prepared to have a really great day out on the water! In order to make sure you’re prepared, there are some things you can bring along with you to make your trip even more successful.   The 4 things you should pack for your charter boat trip are: Snacks and water – The proper nourishment will keep you fueled up to reel in the big one! It’s important to remember that spending a day out on the water, especially when it’s ... Read More »

Snorkeling With Manta Rays… At Night…In Hawaii

The magnificent manta ray. SUBMITTED PHOTO

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalis It was a warm September evening and the sun had just set on Keauhou Bay. Captain Kirk Herring carefully guided our boat, Hula Kai, into position and two of our guides, Brent and Megan, sprang into action. A floating, plastic plank equipped with underwater lights was quickly in place behind the vessel. Wetsuits on and already breathing through our snorkels, my wife Cathy and I waited for the command. The lights along the plank were illuminated below the water and we were told to proceed. We smiled at each other, entered the water and made ... Read More »

Falcon Fall Migrations Have Begun

The “barred” feathers on the chest and underwing, as well as the slate grey coloring around the eyes and head, make the peregrine falcon easy to recognize.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist On September 23rd at 4:21 AM, Eastern Time, the first day of fall officially arrived. Here in Florida we all look forward to cooler temperatures and less humidity. We also notice the absence of some of our summer migratory animals, and the return of many others. The first day of fall is also known as the Autumnal Equinox. This occurs when the equator is closest to the sun. It also happens in the spring, known as the Vernal Equinox. It takes place twice because the Earth tilts as it rotates around the sun, and on ... Read More »

Fishing Tournament Honors Trevor Smith


By Roger LaLonde Though his life ended too soon, friends and family of Trevor Smith are planning a remembrance fundraiser through the Trevor Smith Memorial Foundation to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. It’s to be a celebration of his life. “One last cast,” the T-Rex 1 Fish 2 Fish Tournament, is planned for October 16-17. A dinner starts the event with the captain’s banquet at 6 PM on October 16 at Kretch’s Restaurant on Marco Island. Silent and live auction items include fishing equipment and charters, timeshare weeks, a paddleboard and much more. The tournament begins at sun up on October 17 at ... Read More »

Keeping Your Kids and Yourself Safe From the Sun While Out on the Water

Hats offer both kids and adults protection from the 
sun’s rays while fishing. PHOTOS BY CAPTAIN RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps When you’re going out on the water you want to have a great time; but the sun is strong down here in Southwest Florida, and it’s important to keep yourself and your kids protected. Fishing trips are great learning experiences for kids of all ages, and it can be the start of a lifelong hobby they really love, so you’ll want to make sure their experience is safe, comfortable, and enjoyable. Sun exposure isn’t often thought of while you’re having a great time, but it should be. A few tips for keeping yourself protected ... Read More »

Punt, Pass & Kick Competition


By Steve Gimmestad The 9th Annual Punt, Pass and Kick Competition (PPK) got underway at Mackle Park just after some heavy rain hit Marco Island on Tuesday, September 15. The sun overpowered the low level clouds just in time for participants to get registered and do some warm-ups. NFL PPK is a nationwide competition, which allows boys and girls, ages 6-15, to learn football fundamentals and compete in a supportive, non-contact environment. Winners of this local event will advance to the sectional competition. It is one of the oldest NFL youth activities, attracting almost 5 million participants nationwide. Each ... Read More »

Protecting Yourself From the Summer Sun When Out on the Water


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Many flats fishermen have their boats set up for efficient casting. This involves minimizing items in the boat that can create obstacles and snags. Many anglers fishing out of flats boats do not have bimini tops or T-tops for this reason. Because of this, there is no shade or any way to duck out of the direct sun. You have to dress properly to stay cool and prevent sun exposure. Out on the water, you have sun baking you from two directions. The most obvious is from above, but few think about reflection. The ... Read More »

Gardens Summer Survivors

Plumbago (Leadwort).

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy Summer is here and it came quickly! One of the most frequently asked questions I get is what will grow and flower here in Naples and South Florida during the summer months? Summer in Florida is one of the most trying times, not just for us human beings who are bombarded with constant panic weather forecasts about fires turning the State of Florida into a large charcoal briquette, and upcoming storms which are going to sweep our children and pets into another world, but for our flowers and shrubs as well. It’s a wonder we go ... Read More »

Curcuma: Tropical Flower or Medical Miracle

Curcuma alismatifolia 9Dwarf chaingmai pink

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy Curcuma although tropical in origins, mostly from (Southeast Asia, India and Malaysia, does not like to be in sun all day. A filtered morning or afternoon sun is best, like most plants in southwest Florida the summer sun is deadly. The plants in the curcuma family are often called gingers but are really Zingiber and the Curcuma longa species is solely used for the harvest of the spice turmeric. The rhizomes are ground into a dried power which is turmeric. Not only is this one of the most tropical oriental looking flowers I have ever seen ... Read More »

Bird Rookery Swamp


By Vickie Kelber   In my quest to explore the wonders that are, as I like to call it, “in our own back yard”, a friend and I set off early one morning for the Bird Rookery Swamp Trail off Immokalee Road. Many of you know of, if not visited Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The Bird Rookery is located adjacent and to the south of this preserve on Shady Hollow Boulevard, about 50 minutes from Marco Island. Open since 2011, Bird Rookery Swamp Trail is part of the South Florida Water Management District’s CREW, Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. The trail ... Read More »

Bird Rookery Swamp


By Vickie Kelber In my quest to explore the wonders that are, as I like to call it, “in our own back yard”, a friend and I set off early one morning for the Bird Rookery Swamp Trail off Immokalee Road. Many of you know of, if not visited Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The Bird Rookery is located adjacent and to the south of this preserve on Shady Hollow Boulevard, about 50 minutes from Marco Island. Open since 2011, Bird Rookery Swamp Trail is part of the South Florida Water Management District’s CREW, Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. The trail is a ... Read More »

Boating for Dummies…


By Pat Newman I thought navigating a boat was like riding a bike—once you know how, you never forget. I recently discovered my skills were a little rusty; OK totally corroded. Excited at the prospect of sailing the waterways of Marco Island with some friends visiting from out-oftown, I rented a pontoon boat. The kids strapped on their life-jackets, and we adults confidently boarded the vessel, ready to cruise through paradise. I invited Philipp to occupy the driver’s seat and be “captain for a day” when I realized that I had no idea how to start up the engine. I ... Read More »



Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer Just a couple of weeks ago, on March 20th at exactly 6:45PM, Spring officially arrived on Marco Island. That is the moment when the sun crossed the celestial equator as it moved along its ecliptic path. And most of us were completely unaware of the event. Here in our temperate cocoon, the shifts between seasons certainly exist but the changes are more subtle and gentle than those I experienced living up north. In Iowa you can feel Spring in the air weeks before it arrives. The breeze carries a hint of warmth and ... Read More »

Chihuly at Fairchild


Speaking of Travel Vickie Kelber As part of the Art at Fairchild program at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, a special installation of glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly will be on display until May 31, 2015. Instituted in 2004, Art at Fairchild has brought exhibits by such artists as Roy Lichtenstein and Fernando Botero to this tropical wonderland; Chihuly was here once before in 2005. Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly is credited as a leader in establishing glassblowing as a fine art. He studied at the University of Wisconsin in the first university level ... Read More »


Peaceful beach yoga weekly. PHOTO by LAURIE KASPERBAUER

Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer The last installment of this column did not run in its entirety. Our apologies to tLaurie and our readers for our error and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.   “Adversity introduces a man to himself” -Albert Einstein   Saturday morning beach yoga is one of my most favorite classes. Generally speaking, the sky is beautiful blue, the dolphins are playing in clear view and the morning sun provides just the right amount of warmth without the heat of mid-day. Needless to say, when the conditions are this desirable, we have a ... Read More »

Into Africa, Part One: Safari

Leopards are counted among the Big 5, the most dangerous South African animals: Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhinoceros, and Cape Buffalo.

By Carl and Joan Kelly Africa. Say the word. The mind begins to spin the images. Vast open expanses of grasslands covered by seemingly endless herds of wildebeest, impala, gazelle, zebra. Sleek, efficient predators, lion, cheetah. And elephants, majestic elephants. The culture and people, Zulu, Bushman. Africa. Now say safari. The mind reels with excitement and danger. That is how we approached our trip to South Africa last fall. It is what we expected. And South Africa did not disappoint. We began on safari. Each day we rose before sunrise, boarded a 10 passenger 4 by 4, and rode into ... Read More »

Doggone it! I Want to Live the Life of a Labradoodle


By Pat Newman Have you noticed how dogs are taking over the world? No kidding! They are on morning TV news shows, shopping for bargains at TJ Max (in strollers, no less), and boosting the nation’s economy by licking their owners into buying them wardrobes, jeweled collars and sleep number beds. Not long ago, it was acceptable for a non-working canine (house-dog) to live in a fenced-in yard, sleep in a pre-fab dog house and eat crunchy bits from a 50-pound bag of warehouse-brand chow. The stereotypical dog — let’s call him Spot — would entertain himself by digging holes, ... Read More »

More Holiday Ornaments in the Winter Garden

Christmas Flower (Euphorbia leucocephala)

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy Last time I gave you names of some plants that become beautiful holiday ornaments in our gardens during the holiday season here in South Florida. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I think! And Christmas is coming, or is it the over? Or are they all on the same day? This year they seemed to be celebrated at the same time! I would like to continue with others that will bring joy to our hearts and souls during this festive time of the year. Creating joy and happiness in the eyes of any gardener, beginner or old ... Read More »

Artesia Naples

WCI Communities has started construction on the clubhouse at Artesia Naples, WCI’s 261-acre master-planned community centrally located between Marco Island beaches and Fifth Avenue South in Naples. Scheduled for completion in Spring 2015, the 9,215-square-foot clubhouse is nestled along the community’s 20-acre central lake and will offer a theater, club room, billiards table, craft and card rooms, and a fitness center with aerobics studio. It will have 11,845 total square feet, with shaded outdoor seating areas and expansive sun decks around the resort-inspired pool, which will offer a beach entry and dedicated lap lanes. The clubhouse’s three-acre campus also will ... Read More »