Category Archives: Outdoor Florida Magazine Travel

Cuba Si, Yankee Si The Beginning of a Detente Between The U.S.A. & Cuba

Cuba just 90-miles from Key West!
Cuba just 90-miles from Key West!

APtravelnews-March 21st,-Havana, Cuba-“Bob & Barb On the Road Again.” Yes, as pundits claim; “this is an extraordinary day.” Indeed it is! Well, in the throes of a President getting ready to leave office, and him seeking to make a farewell statement by doing all he can to open up Cuba and American relations for his legacy, he took everyone he could including his mother-in-law, wife and daughters, 40-Congressional and Senate leaders and many others to the largest Caribbean Island with him, at a cost of 40-million bucks or so! I was invited by the Commodore of the sport fishing fleet in Havana Harbor, a long time friend.

Look, the Cuban people are great just as our people in the USA are great! This post is not going to be too controversial, as history will view the true events and out coming’s of this historic visit, that took 90-years for an American President to visit this (make no mistake) a full communist nation.  What I do know is that the average American tourist still cannot fly over there on vacation, and doing business with a country that has stolen 6-billion dollars of American lucre in real estate and businesses, home and properties, killed and jailed uncountable people, will be fraught with land-mines at least for the foreseeable future.

I do know there already is a strong jockeying going on for U.S. interests trying to get in and get first dibs on the possibly most lucrative invasion of Gold and silver diggers ever! The Keys business and real estate community is abuzz with anticipation of property values soaring, and the potential for cheap labor as well, always a big problem for tourism businesses in the Keys! I can see the ferries, ferrying and the sky’s a-buzz with jets, auto traffic in the Keys is going to become impossible as it already is on any holiday or weekend with PR types hyping and squeezing the last bit of visitors they can on to a mostly, single lane road. My prediction is lots of money to be made, but for every ying there is a yang! What goes up or out, much like a fly fishing line, must come back and it might not always come back with roses, but with thorns too! Stay tuned! This is big, at least I can’t wait for my real Media Noche sandwich!!!

Pictures of the Week March 13th

APtravelnews-March 13th, – Pictures of the Week! A few of Bob and Barb’s favorites, pulled off our files of more than 55-K images! 

My pond loves it's turtles! G-D's gift to earth!
My pond loves it’s turtles! G-D’s gift to earth!
A great writer and fine friend!!!!
A great writer and fine KY. friend!!!!
Wild Black Bear, ladies not smart! But post taking image no harm, yet!
Wild Black Bear, ladies not smart! But post taking image no harm, yet!
Minnesota dreaming. Barb and Charlie (gone to old age now) at Bear Lake, MN.
Minnesota dreaming. Barb and Charlie (gone to old age now) at Bear Lake, MN.
Reminds me of my special Arctic adventure diving under ice!!
Reminds me of my special Arctic adventure diving under ice!!
Image taken with first iteration of Olympus Digital camera in a custom water-proof case I designed! Tech folks at Olympus said it would be too cold for it to work! It Worked for whole adventure. One of the shots made best picture of the year in Skin Diver Magazine!! I'll find it and publish in another "Pictures of the Week."
Image taken with first iteration of Olympus Digital camera in a custom water-proof case I designed! Tech folks at Olympus said it would be too cold for it to work! It Worked for whole adventure. One of the shots made best picture of the year in Skin Diver Magazine!! I’ll find it and publish in another “Pictures of the Week.”

 

Pictures of The Week- First Week in March !!

APtravelnews-March 4th, Bob and Barb “On the Road Again”-Boynton, Beach, FL. at Moms house getting on my cabin fever mode! Can’t wait to get back to TN.

At the Neversink River in the Catskill Mountains! Nature draped all the edges!
Nature draped all the edges! In deference to spring!!!
My Buddy Lowe came by to till my garden area! A sure sign of spring to me!
My Buddy Lowe came by to till my garden area! A sure sign of spring to me! My garden is about a quarter acre, this year corn, snap peas, butternut squash, asparagus, garlic, maters, taters, green peps,  and whatever else I feel like putting on and in my very rich, delicious soil!!!!
Miss Kitty Likes This Solar Light, no wires, just the sun and voila, a long lasting light!
Miss Kitty Likes This Solar Light, no wires, just the sun and voila, a long lasting light!
Bicyclists can also enjoy the fly fishing trail through N.C. too!
Fly fishing, biking, trail walks and hikes around my land, “shroom” hunting,  squirrel stew from my neighbors, country auctions, cool air over my sinuses and brow, all this and now you know why I move to my farm starting in April!!! Florida is grand from Dec to April and then-not so grand for us!!
Nothing tastes better than a wild turkey! They prove that what they eat is how they taste. Wild eats fresh, real and wild. Store bought frozen eat grain-think about it!
Nothing tastes better than a wild turkey! They prove that what they eat is how they taste. Wild eats fresh, real and wild. Store bought frozen eat grain and steroids-think about it!
My first book lover! She wantged my Africa and Goldie the Goldfish book!
Got to go spring book signing again. My first book lover just showed up!
She wanted my Africa, Goldie the Goldfish book, and History of Fishing the Florida Keys books!
 Not a reindeer, but this was taken during a Christmas trip we made a few years back in KY.
Stuffed deer, live dog, and relaxing dame!! Barb waits for me to head to the dining room!!