“The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.” John Howard
Stone crabs are a Florida delicacy. They are named for their hard, stony, rust-colored shells. If you happen to visit Miami during stone crab season, which runs from October 15 through May 15, they are a must try. Stone crabs mean as much to our state as the blue soft-shell crab does to Maryland or the lobster to Maine.
What makes stone crabs ecologically interesting, is that their claws regenerate. When the stone crab is caught, the fisherman only takes one claw. He then releases the stalk-eyed crustacean back into the water and a new claw will grow back in 12 to 18 months. Stone crabs can regenerate their claws three to four times. The Monterey Bay Aquarium considers the Florida stone crab fishery sustainable and a “Best Choice.” Like we mentioned, going green, being green, is easy and fun and this time, it is delicious too.
One of Florida’s unique destinations is the Everglades National Park, a World Heritage Site, a national treasure and Florida icon. Unlike most of the National Parks in the USA, it has a remarkably flat landscape (you will see no mountains, canyons, or hills) made up of a shallow sheet of fresh clean water spread across an infinite prairie of sawgrass. The river flows slowly from Lake Okeechobee in a S/SW direction into Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida’s signature puffy clouds provide for stunning visuals as the majestic cloud formations reflect off the wetlands. This is what all of South Florida looked like just over a hundred years ago. It is the only subtropical preserve in North America and the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles live side by side.
Biking in Miami is a near life and death experience. This might be a bold statement but I think I know because I grew up biking in the Netherlands. The Netherlands happens to be one of the most bike friendly countries in the world. Most people bike to work, school, the supermarket, the library, or at night to a restaurant or a club. Bikes are the first thing tourists notice when they visit Amsterdam or any other city in the Netherlands.