Florida travel writer Marcia Biggs shares her stories of destinations around Florida and the world.
Great Tampa Bay Scallop Search 2010
This short video will take you on a fun excursion as we search for scallops around Fort De Soto Park in South Pinellas County. Every year Tampa Bay Watch organizes this event and the community loves to participate! The number of scallops found helps determine the health of Tampa Bay and its eco-system. This year I joined executive director Peter Clark (driving the boat) and the nearly 150 volunteer boaters and snorkelers who spent the morning in the shallow seagrass beds in search of the elusive scallop. The final tally this year was extremely low... only 32 scallops were found compared to 674 last year. Speculation pointed not so much to the quality of water, but rather to the extremely cold winter and recent hard rains.
Some people wonder “What is the meaning of life?” I, on the other hand, wonder where my next trip will take me. Welcome to my site, Getaway Girl Travels. I am a travel writer based in Tampa, Florida, but you won't see any guides to theme parks here.
My travels have taken me from cruising the Yangtze River in China to skiing and biking in Switzerland and kayaking in the Everglades. I love living here in the Sunshine State, so exploring Florida is always one of my favorite getaways!
My travel writing has been published broadly in Tampa Tribune, VisitSouth.com, St. Pete Life, Destination Tampa Bay, Allegiant's Sunseeker, and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.