Taking in Another Field of Michigan Sunflowers

The calendar has flipped to August in Michigan, the days are starting to get shorter and we are on the back half of summer. That must mean it’s sunflower season! 🌻🌻🌻 This season brought me to Fowlerville in Livingston County and the sunflower field at Munsell Farms. Sunflowers galore!

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

You will find this sunflower field and Munsell Farms off W. Mason Rd. just east of Fowlerville Rd. It’s just a few miles off of Exit 129 on I-96 to the south.

Pure Michigan sunflowers

I parked alongside Mason to grab a few shots without going into the field itself. Like with my previous sunflower adventures, I choose to check them out early in the day against the early morning light.

Pure Michigan sunflowers

Pure Michigan sunflowers

Pure Michigan sunflowers

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower beauty

field of sunflowers

field of sunflowers

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower beauty

Michigan sunflower beauty

From my experience Michigan sunflowers don’t stay fully bloomed for long. If it’s late summer get out there as soon as you have the chance. 🌻🌻🌻

Pure Michigan sunflowers in late summer

Pure Michigan sunflowers in late summer

Pure Michigan sunflowers in late summer

Pure Michigan sunflowers in late summer

Another sunflower excursion is in the books. So beautiful to see up close as always. I would contact Munsell Farms directly to inquire about grabbing a few shots from within the field itself. You can find them on Facebook.

Checkout my Michigan sunflower excursion last year near Ann Arbor in Pure Michigan Sunflowers as Far as the Eye Can See.

Where else would you recommend checking out Michigan sunflowers? Where have you come across them in your travels?

My Little Man is Starting to Experience the World

This is the first Spring and summer season where our little man is actively walking, running and wanting to be outside constantly. He also says “car ride, car ride” because he knows it probably will lead to somewhere new and fun.

Family travel time! My little man experiencing his first airport and flight.

My little man experiencing his first airport and flight.

Lots of family travel and fun has been had in the last few months. Our little man seems to be taking in something for the first time every day. He has experienced his first ocean and true beach, carnival, parade, water park, fruit farm picking, flight, museum and more just to name a few things. I know I am forgetting a lot. Per usual I will let the pictures do most of the talking.

My little man loves wide open spaces. In Punta Gorda, Florida.

My little man loves wide open spaces. More running and me chasing opportunities.

Kid travel! My little man getting his first taste of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico (ocean).

My little man getting his first taste of the Gulf of Mexico and ocean.

My little man and his first pool experience.

My little man and his first pool experience.

Kid travel. My little man and his first hands-on museum in Florida.

My little man and his first hands-on museum in Florida.

My little man will make music sounds every chance he gets.

My little man will make music sounds every chance he gets.

My little mans first carnival ride.

My little mans first carnival ride. He wanted to keep going-and-going ha!

My little man at the water park.

He was hesitant at first. Now every time we get in the car he asks if we are going to the water park.

Seeing him smile and his face light up as he takes in something new is the best feeling in the world as a parent. Family travel is exciting for us too because we are going to a lot of places we wouldn’t normally if it was just us. It’s cool seeing how he reacts to things, learning about what he likes and doesn’t.

My little man experiencing his first fruit farm and blueberry picking experience. Family fun at its best.

My little man experiencing his first fruit farm and blueberry picking experience.

My little man is experiencing true Pure Michigan summer and family travel every weekend

My little man is taking in true Pure Michigan summer fun every weekend.

My little man just wants to explore and see what lies ahead.

My little man just wants to explore and see what lies ahead in Ft. Myers, Florida. Heart this!

My little man being curious.

My little man being curious at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

I love seeing my little man start to discover everything Pure Michigan, Florida and the world has to offer. Can’t wait to see what’s next! #prouddaddy

Atlanta Coffee Time in the Airport at Cafe Intermezzo

Lots of people have favorite spots to hang out at in airports they frequent. Of course with me it would be a place that serves and knows coffee. Café Intermezzo is my Atlanta coffee spot in an airport I have been in hundreds of times, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Atlanta coffee at Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport

Whether I’m coming or going or just passing through, you’ll find me sitting at the bar staring at the larger than life old-school Italian espresso machine.

Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Atlanta airport, Italian espresso machine

I became familiar with Café Intermezzo years ago from visiting their Midtown Atlanta location.

On that visit to Midtown it was a coffee cocktail. That holds firm every time I run to their airport shop in Concourse B. Of course I never take off or arrive in that concourse, but that never stops me.

An Irish coffee is the way I roll asking for Jameson whiskey. Copious amounts of whipped cream sits on top of the whiskey and coffee deliciousness. The drink always takes the edge off, especially before a flight.

Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Atlanta airport - Irish coffee

Atlanta coffee at Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport

Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Atlanta airport, Irish coffee

Besides the espresso machine, its fun just hanging out and engaging with the baristas or random fellow traveler.

Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Atlanta airport, Irish coffee with Jameson whiskey

Sitting in Cafe Intermezzo gives off the feeling of being in a coffee shop, bakery, restaurant and book store all in one. Besides coffee and cocktails, a full food menu awaits with endless cheesecake and dessert options.

Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Atlanta airport

Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Atlanta airport

Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Atlanta airport

Atlanta coffee at Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport

Atlanta coffee at Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport

At some point I will indulge in their other offerings, which I’ve heard great things about. Until then just look for someone hanging out by the espresso machine sipping coffee next time you are in Atlanta’s airport.

Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Atlanta airport, Irish coffee

Do you have a favorite spot to hang out at in an airport you frequent?

Continuing on the Southwest Florida Scenic Flight Tour

In a recent post I shared the beginnings of my private Southwest Florida Scenic Flight Tour. Starting in Punta Gorda, I highlighted the trip down to Sanibel Island and then as we headed back up the coast to Boca Grande.

Matlacha, Florida, Pine Island beyond

Matlacha Island, sitting between Pine Island and the Florida mainland.

Continuing on the rest of the flight took us from the top of Boca Grande and Gasparilla Island up to Manasota Key and Englewood Beach. We then turned inland going over Port Charlotte, spending some time flying around Charlotte Harbor and the heart of Punta Gorda before heading in. The beautiful blue skies and water continued for the rest of the tour.

It’s time to let the photos and their captions tell the rest of the Southwest Florida scenic flight tour story. Well without further ado.

Boca Grande, Gasparilla Island, Florida

Approaching Boca Grande at the top of Gasparilla Island in Florida.

The residential community of Boca Grande is surrounded by the colorful Gulf of Mexico and Gasparilla Sound waters.

Boca Grande Swing Bridge, Placida, Florida

You take the Boca Grande Swing Bridge from Placida and Charlotte County to get to the coast.

Don Pedro Island and State Park, Manasota Key, Englewood Beach in Southwest Florida

Don Pedro Island and State Park, Manasota Key and Englewood Beach straight ahead!

Placida Harbor, Placida, Florida

Rambler Hole and Placida Harbor. Placida, Florida sits off to the left.

Don Pedro Island State Park, Florida

Don Pedro Island State Park in Southwest Florida. That turquoise Gulf of Mexico water!

Gulf of Mexico beaches, Southwest Florida

Zooming in on the beachfront of Don Pedro Island. Amazing the difference in water color between the two sides.

Southwest Florida

Heading inland. Looking back to the south at Boca Grande, Coyo Costa and beyond.

My wife went up separately on a similar tour and snapped this beauty capturing all of Captiva Island amongst the turquoise Gulf of Mexico waters. I had to share it. 🌴☼

Captiva Island, Florida

Bonus shot. Wife captured all of Captiva perfectly on another flight the same day. Sanibel Island sits opposite the bridge and to the south.

South Gulf Cove, Port Charlotte, Florida

Over South Gulf Cove in Port Charlotte. Lots of vacant lots.

Charlotte Harbor, Florida

Just past Port Charlotte and over Charlotte Harbor.

Charlotte Harbor, Florida

Flying high over Charlotte Harbor. What a picturesque day for a flight.

Punta Gorda, Florida

Punta Gorda here we come! You can see the Charlotte Harbor Bridge that takes you over to Port Charlotte.

Laishley Park Municipal Marina, Punta Gorda, Florida

Laishley Park Municipal Marina front-and-center.

Downtown Punta Gorda, Florida

Fun seeing all the places that I have spent time in on the ground. Laishley Crab House is recommended.

Fisherman's Village, Punta Gorda

Fisherman’s Village. Waterfront shopping, outdoor dining and fun awaits on the little blue pier sticking out.

Downtown Punta Gorda, Florida

The heart of Downtown Punta Gorda.

Punta Gorda in Southwest Florida

Punta Gorda and the surrounding area.

I-75 cloverlead interchange in Southwest Florida.

An I-75 Cloverleaf interchange in Southwest Florida. Used to being on this interstate a lot further north.

Punta Gorda, Florida

Looking back at Punta Gorda and the heart of Charlotte County in Florida.

Punta Gorda Airport (PGD), Florida

Punta Gorda Airport here we come!

Upon landing at Punta Gorda Airport we taxied back to the hanger at which time my feet were back touching the ground. Being nervous beforehand, with the hour plus tour now over, I kind of wished I was still back up in the air. Southwest Florida is beautiful.

Selfie from hanger at Punta Gorda Airport, Florida

Back in the hanger at Punta Gorda Airport. I had an amazing flight and Florida experience.

The pilot did a great job showcasing what this part of the state has to offer. Being a small-plane first timer, I was amazed by how much has to take place pre- and post-flight as well as up in the air to keep everything going.

With one small airplane ride now in the books, I hope to see more scenic views this way again soon.

Have you ever been on a scenic flight tour? In Florida?

A True Fort Myers Coffee Experience Awaits at Rebel Coffee Roastery

While back in Southwest Florida recently visiting family, I came to the realization that I had never been to an indie coffee shop in my times down there. Wait how did that happen?! Well my family and I happen to be in Downtown Fort Myers one day and my wife asked if I wanted to stop at a local shop. Right then and there I decided to put an end to the madness and did a Google search for “coffee shops near me”.

A few minutes later we were parking on the red brick of Broadway street right in front of Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge. This was the shop that immediately peaked my interest from the search results. “In-house roasted beans” and “roastery” were the key terms.

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Downtown Fort Myers

Upon entering the well-designed light blue outside storefront, there lied the roaster and large burlap bags of coffee beans. I knew they meant business.

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

After looking at the extensive coffee offerings hand-written on the chalk menu, as well as their large bean selection, I went with a pour over. Ethiopian Yirgacheefe was the bean choice. I’m on kick recently of using beans from this Ethiopian region, known to many as the birthplace of coffee.

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge, pour over coffee

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge, pour over coffee

Espresso and handcrafted drinks, lattes, hot and iced coffee all filled up the menu.

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

Tea is also in their name. Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge has 600 loose leaf tea options awaiting.

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

It was a typical hot and humid Southwest Florida day. Nevertheless, hot coffee is how I roll, especially when at a shop for the first time. My coffee choice definitely didn’t disappoint. My wife ordered a more sensible iced vanilla latte considering the weather ha-ha. She said it was good and very refreshing. Our little one took to some of their pastry offerings. I didn’t experience, but they do offer a full breakfast, lunch and dinner assortment as well.

Rebel Coffee, Fort Myers, Florida, refreshing iced coffee

After hanging out in the expansive shop which opened in late 2016, I took the time to admire the coffee, and outside storefront alongside the brick and palm tree-lined road. What you don’t see is that there is a Starbucks literally right next store off to the right. This shop you could say is being a coffee “rebel”, which is where their idea for the shop name came from.

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

Downtown Ft. Myers, Florida

The fact that they roast their green coffee beans gourmet-style and very slowly was very refreshing to see. You can tell the great care they take all the way to the pouring of coffee in the cup. The baristas were very knowledgeable and easy to talk to.

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

Sometimes the best shops I experience are ones I visit unplanned. Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge is no exception. Whenever you are in the heart of Downtown Fort Myers and need some fuel or tea, I highly recommend stopping in.

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

Do you recommend any other independent coffee shops in Fort Myers and Southwest Florida?