Edwin Hammond Meredith

Professional Chef

About Edwin Hammond Meredith

Whether he is in the water or on land Edwin Hammond Meredith enjoys the outdoors. An action sports enthusiast living in the Florida Keys, he has recently taken up standup paddleboarding. In addition to his interest in standup paddleboard racing, Edwin Hammond Meredith participates in a group that completes long-distance water crossings. His last trip took him from the Keys to the Everglades and covered over 30 miles.

On land, he spends time camping, hiking, climbing, and biking. In keeping with his penchant for adventure sports, he also has an interest in off-roading. This type of driving requires a great deal of skill and a durable vehicle. Among his favorite vehicles for off-road treks is the rugged Land Cruiser, known for its ability navigate rough terrain and steep topography. His enthusiasm for off-roading naturally extends to an interest in rally racing and the World Rally Championship, which pits competitors and their cars against rocky, sandy courses and even snow and ice in locales across the globe, from Sweden to Mexico.

Not even snow can keep Edwin Hammond Meredith indoors. His winter-weather activities include snowboarding, snowmobiling, and ice climbing. He also travels out of the country frequently, an activity that has piqued his curiosity in different languages. Deriving a great deal of satisfaction from cooking, Meredith makes his living as a chef.

Common Mistakes Made By Beginning Paddleboarders

A professional chef in the Florida Keys, Edwin Hammond Meredith finds great enjoyment in participating in various warm-weather activities. One of his main focuses is stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), a sport that is rapidly growing in popularity. Edwin Hammond Meredith hopes to start competing in SUP races soon and already participates in long-distance water crossings.

Given the increasing popularity of stand-up paddleboarding, it’s only natural that there are plenty of SUP beginners. Unfortunately, beginners are often prone to making mistakes. Here are just some of the more common ones.

-Looking down: As beginners get used to balancing on a paddleboard, they are likely to stare down at their feet while on the water. This actually makes things less stable. It’s better to keep the legs relaxed and focus on the horizon while getting used to standing on the board.

- Holding the paddle the wrong way: Due to the shape of the paddle, beginners often hold it backwards. When holding an SUP paddle straight, the blade should be pointed toward the front of the board. This helps the board glide across the water by creating lift.

- Standing backwards: Although paddleboards are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, most of them tend to be oval-shaped. This makes it unclear which end is the front if a beginner isn’t paying attention. Look for writing or bungees on the front or traction pads and fins in the back.

- Choosing the wrong venue: Paddleboarders should never be in the swimming area on the water, nor should they get in the way of surfers or more experienced paddleboarders. Beginners should leave plenty of room around them and avoid experienced individuals until they get more practice.

Top Campsites in the Florida Keys

Professional chef Edwin Hammond Meredith lives and works in the Florida Keys. When he’s not busy with his responsibilities as a chef, Edwin Hammond Meredith enjoys various outdoor activities, including camping. The Florida Keys offer numerous choices in the way of camping. Following are just some of the Keys’ best camping spots:

Curry Hammock State Park
Located in Marathon in the middle of the Keys, Curry Hammock State Park is a relatively small campground that offers easy access to a range of water sports, along with views of the beach. There are 28 campsites that are available for RVs and tents and a central restroom with showers.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Offering RV, group, and tent campsites, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park on Key Largo is a popular choice among diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. The areas serves as a gateway to a marine sanctuary that is home to the East Coast’s only living coral reef.

Boyd’s Key West Campground

Featuring four bathhouses, free Wi-Fi, and a heated swimming pool, Boyd’s Key West Campground offers more luxurious camping options. The rates are expensive, starting at $65 per site during the off-season, but each camp area is separated by a privacy fence and is accompanied by views of the water.

Three Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog

lorida Keys-based chef Edwin Hammond Meredith likes to stay active through a variety of sports and outdoor activities. When he is not cooking or exercising, Edwin Hammond Meredith enjoys spending time with animals. He is especially fond of horses and dogs.

When thinking about getting a dog, individuals should consider a number of breed characteristics, in order to select an animal that is compatible with the owner’s lifestyle and activity levels. However, there are more general issues individuals should carefully analyze before making the decision to take a dog home.

The first issue to consider is the time associated with raising a dog. A dog can be extraordinarily time consuming, particularly during the first few months. Dogs require daily exercise, training, food, social interaction, trips to the veterinarian, and much more. Furthermore, most dog breeds simply do not readily adjust to an owner’s traditional eight-hour workday. Any person working from the early morning to early evening would likely need to hire the help of a dog walker.

Finances are another area to review before adopting or purchasing a dog. Many dogs carry a number of up front costs, which may or may not include the necessary shots and vaccines. From that point forward, owners will need to regularly invest in a number of basic necessities, from food to medical appointments. An injured or sickly dog can be exceptionally costly, as can an untrained dog that causes frequent property damage.

Finally, individuals should assess their energy levels before selecting a pet. Some breeds of dog require several hours of daily exercise, while others may be specifically bred to perform chores or hunt. Individuals who rarely enjoy the outdoors should consider an older canine, or perhaps a different pet altogether.

Two Species of Wild Horses That Are Nearly Extinct

Edwin Hammond Meredith works as a professional chef in the Florida Keys. Aside from his career in the culinary arts, Edwin Hammond Meredith has a penchant for animals, particularly horses.

Domestic horses are products of years of human intervention, the breeding of gentler horses for domestic use. Today, horses are used as beasts of labor and as entertainment in such sports as horseback riding and horse racing.

Despite the existence of domestic horses, there are still horses that remain untamed, commonly referred to as wild or feral horses. Two types of wild horse are nearly extinct - tarpan and Przewalski’s horse.

The tarpan horse was originally found in Spain, southern France, and central Russia. Tarpans became extinct in 1876, but German zoologists were able to recreate their genome by combining the genes of European pony breeds. After more than a century of extinction, the first tarpan horse was born in Munich, Germany, in 1993.

Przewalski’s horse has a distinctive dorsal stripe on its back and a shorter, more rigid mane than a domestic horse. No longer found in the wild, Przewalski’s horses are kept in zoos. To protect the species, all remaining Przewalski’s horses are registered in a studbook in Cologne, Germany.

Marine Biologists Uncover Secret to Feeding Habits of Rorqual Whales

In the Florida Keys, chef Edwin Hammond Meredith spends his free time pursuing his favorite hobbies and interests. As a lover of the great outdoors and an enthusiastic diver, Edwin Hammond Meredith maintains an interest in marine biology and aquatic life.


Scientists have long known that whales feed on millions of tiny organisms. However, researchers have only recently uncovered the key to how the giant mammals consume enough prey to fuel their massive bodies.

Marine biologists have observed the rorqual family of whales, which includes blue whales, minke whales, and humpbacks, engaging in lunge feeding. This feeding process allows whales to take in a volume of water approximately 140 percent of the whale's own body mass.

The lunging action costs energy and dramatically increases drag, so completing a lunge efficiently requires careful timing. Opening their mouths when they hit peak speed, the whales envelop a swimming pool's worth of water and tiny prey before closing their mouths upon returning to average speed.

Staying Warm When Hiking and Climbing at High Altitudes

An outdoors enthusiast based in the Florida Keys, Edwin Hammond Meredith enjoys traveling to mountainous locales for activities like off-roading. Edwin Hammond Meredith is also passionate about hiking and climbing when he has the opportunity. The potential for cold temperatures, even during the summer, can make such activities challenging. Such temperatures can manifest themselves on account associated altitudes, microclimates, and/or wind.

Staying warm begins with the core, which is responsible for heating the blood that flows to the limbs. Wool or layers of synthetic fabrics designed to dry quickly are essential. This extends to the innermost layers, which are more susceptible to sweat than the elements. Moreover, a hat and a neck gaiter are advisable, as they cover areas of the body that are often exposed.

If possible, remove layers before significant exertion, as evaporation causes heat loss. Conversely, add layers immediately when the temperature drops, before shivering sets in and burns those calories that will be needed to generate body heat and warmth. Another key to staying warm is to drink plenty of warm liquids from a thermos and eat throughout the day to avoid hypoglycemia, which increases the risk of hypothermia. Consider bringing nutrition bars and snacking throughout the day rather than having a large meal before setting out.

Popular Seafood Dishes of the Florida Keys

A culinary professional, Edwin Hammond Meredith enjoys a wide range of activities, from traveling to learning foreign languages. Passionate about cooking, Edwin Hammond Meredith also relishes exploring food traditions in the Florida Keys where he resides. The Keys are particularly well known for fresh seafood, including snapper, grouper, hogfish, and conch.

With commercial conch harvesting illegal throughout the Keys since the 1970s, sustainably harvested conch may be found on a number of local restaurant menus. Favorite recipes for the shellfish include cracked conch, conch fritters, and conch chowder. Beyond food, the conch is an omnipresent symbol of life in the Keys, with locals who were born in the region dubbed “conches.”

Other popular local seafood dishes include lionfish, which is fished extensively as an invasive species that has negative effects on local marine ecosystems. Its meat can be prepared in several ways, including as an ingredient in fish tacos. Fried snapper is another classic Keys menu item, as is grilled grouper, which can be topped with crab.

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