St Lucie Shores Neighborhood

Kiplinger Nature Preserve to St. Lucie Shores neighborhood via the Veterans Memorial Bridge and return / Highlight-Sandhill Cranes 

In the last week of May, I parked my car at Kiplinger Nature Preserve and started my ride from there. There is a small parking lot that fronts right up to Kanner Highway and from the lot it is a short distance to the bottom of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. I’ve written about this bridge many times and it’s always a pleasure to ride across it. The view is spectacular. There are three benches along the top of the bridge where you can sit to watch the birds and boats if you use the sidewalk. There is also a bicycle path leading over the bridge but you can’t access the benches. Continue reading “St Lucie Shores Neighborhood”

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Wetlands Trail at Justin Wilson Memorial Park

Justin Wilson Memorial Park has a wetlands trail that many people are not aware of.  The trailhead sign is tucked away behind Pavilion E near the tennis courts.  Be sure to bring your binoculars. I saw two osprey families in their nests at the park. If you visit early in the morning you will see lots of bunny rabbits which your kids might enjoy watching, however, the water lilies might not be open yet which are in bloom and beautiful to see. The park will seem different according to the time of day you visit. Continue reading “Wetlands Trail at Justin Wilson Memorial Park”

Paradise Hiding Behind Publix

Sandwiched between the Publix Supermarket in Downtown Stuart and the St. Lucie River is a peaceful neighborhood tucked away from the hustle and bustle of busy highways. I don’t know what they call this area but it’s perfect for a quiet weekend bike ride. You will see people out for a stroll with their dogs and everyone seems friendly. This is not a shortcut to anywhere else so you won’t see cars whizzing past. The only speed limit sign I saw posted was for 25 mph.  Continue reading “Paradise Hiding Behind Publix”

Palm City 5-mile Bike Loop

This was a pleasant 5-mile ride except for the Mapp Road portion. However, I filmed a fetching little water scene by stepping off the sidewalk and riding through a grassy area, although I picked up some weeds without realizing it. Perhaps SW Cornell Ave, east of Mapp Road, could be an alternate choice for Mapp.  Continue reading “Palm City 5-mile Bike Loop”

Stuart-Palm City 5-Mile Bike Loop

The views along this 5-mile loop can be spectacular, depending on the weather. Sunrise is my favorite time to pedal this route, but the YouTube movie below, except for the cell phone photos inserted, was taken midmorning on an April Tuesday.  I used an Akaso Brave 6 action camera. The bridges provide great exercise, an extra bonus.  Continue reading “Stuart-Palm City 5-Mile Bike Loop”

Akaso Brave 6 – Getting to Know You

I bought an Akaso Brave 6 action camera almost three weeks ago. The YouTube video below was taken on a bright sunny day on what I thought would be a quiet ride through Peck Lake Park. Instead, I headed north on Gomez Road in Hobe Sound past Gomez Preserve and just over the boundary into Seabranch Preserve State Park and then returned to Peck Lake Park. This is almost four miles, not quite, round trip. Short and sweet. Continue reading “Akaso Brave 6 – Getting to Know You”

Halpatiokee to Hosford Park

I’ve been to Halpatiokee Regional Park many times and walked along the trails, even walking the mountain bike trail one time. I like the shady walking path along the river. Thursday, after parking the car at Halpatiokee, near the beginning of the mountain bike trail, I rode over to nearby Hosford Park to discover what is there.  Continue reading “Halpatiokee to Hosford Park”