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Canning. Buffalo-Style

The evening was about collecting aluminum cans and plastic and glass bottles with the goal of redeeming them for cash. New York is one of a handful of states that charges a deposit (a nickel) on most cans and bottles

Meet the Florida Agritourism Association, ‘The Ultimate Field Trip’

Every ounce of me is meant to be a country gal. I can certainly hold my own in major cities as New York, London, Paris, and Bangkok, but even then, I’m seeking the most authentic, off-beat experiences. People who follow my adventures through Florida often ask, how do I find them? One source is the Florida Agritourism Association.

Ohio Travel: My Butler County Donut Trail Adventure

Yumola! I had the experience of traveling through Ohio and literally rolling through the Butler County Donut Trail. Founded in 2016, the Butler County Donut Trail is 80-miles with 12 participating donut shops serving up sweet deliciousness.

Brooksville’s Distillery in the Wilds of Florida

I gasped as I watched Natalie Joy Goff of NJoy Spirit’s Distillery pour a small amount of Wild Buck Whiskey on the palm of her hand and with both hands, she rubbed it into her skin, almost as if she was trying to moisturize them with lotion. It wasn’t necessarily the act of her pouring it into her hands that shocked me, because it’s the first time I’ve seen someone do this, it’s because a bottle is $60 and in my world that’s a lot of money.

Florida Travel: A Mooo-velous Time at Dakin Dairy Farms

Where’s the best place to have a mooo-velous time in Florida? Dakin Dairy Farms in Myakka City! When a cup of creamy, chocolate milk spills, is it okay to cry? During a tour of Dakin Dairy Farms in Myakka City, it’s just what I wanted to do after knocking over my complimentary cup of chocolate milk while trying to snap the perfect photo for Instagram. Granted, it was about an ounce but it was mighty delicious.

2018: Yes, Flamingo is Open in Everglades National Park

Recently, I took a nostalgic trip to a place I once called home and I can confirm, yes, Flamingo is open in Everglades National Park. After many hurricanes and aging infrastructure, work is not done but one company has taken the destination under its wing to make it something magnificent.

Fun & a Bit Quirky Florida Holiday Celebrations

Holly, jolly events are plentiful in the Sunshine State from Christmas light cruises to surfing Santas. Here’s my short list of fun and a bit quirky Florida holiday celebrations.

Florida Travel: Learning and Playing in The Olive Grove in Brooksville

When Dede and Cambren Davis visited Italy about a decade ago, they were inspired to plant an organic olive orchard today, own The Olive Grove in Brooksville.

Utilize the Sharing Economy to Plan Your Florida Adventures

From RV rentals to unique camping locations to hiring a local friend to show you hidden gems, utilize the sharing economy to plan your Florida adventures.

Meet the Florida Agritourism Association, ‘The Ultimate Field Trip’

Every ounce of me is meant to be a country gal. I can certainly hold my own in major cities as New York, London, Paris, and Bangkok, but even then, I’m seeking the most authentic, off-beat experiences. People who follow my adventures through Florida often ask, how do I find them? One source is the Florida Agritourism Association.

2018: Yes, Flamingo is Open in Everglades National Park

Recently, I took a nostalgic trip to a place I once called home and I can confirm, yes, Flamingo is open in Everglades National Park. After many hurricanes and aging infrastructure, work is not done but one company has taken the destination under its wing to make it something magnificent.

Discover South Carolina: Congaree National Park with a Dog

Oh, how I love jumping into an adventure. In October, I drove up to South Carolina and followed some memorable pathways with my favorite travel companion by my side. My dog Radcliff. One of my stops was Congaree National Park.

Discover South Carolina: Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, A Yard of Dreams

A recent conference allowed me to discover South Carolina and visit the amazing Pearl Fryar Topiary Garde, a true yard of dreams. “If you build it they will come,” is a whisper out of an Iowa cornfield in the fictional movie Field of Dreams. I am not sure if he was inspired by a whisper but in Bishopville, S.C., Mr. Pearl Fryar built a home with a stunning topiary yard in a former corn field.

Zip Lining Off Buffalo’s Grain Elevators

Y’all know I’m all about bragging rights and when I was home in August, my sister and I went zip lining off Buffalo’s grain elevators at Buffalo RiverWorks and it was freaking exhilarating!

Florida Travel: Spending Time with Weeki Wachee’s Mermaids

Are mermaids only found in fantasies or do they exist? About an hour’s drive north of Tampa is the city of Weeki Wachee and home to Weeki Wachee Springs where mermaids gracefully perform and delight visitors. The city was incorporated in 1966 and as of the 2010 census, the population is 12 residents. Robyn Anderson, the Weeki Wachee’s mayor, is a former mermaid and the municipality calls itself “the only city of live mermaids.”

Ohio Travel: My Butler County Donut Trail Adventure

Yumola! I had the experience of traveling through Ohio and literally rolling through the Butler County Donut Trail. Founded in 2016, the Butler County Donut Trail is 80-miles with 12 participating donut shops serving up sweet deliciousness.

Are Punta Gorda, Florida and Hamilton, Ohio Twin Cities?

There’s no doubt much of Southwest Florida has its roots in the Midwest. Look around during the winter, heck, even year-round, and you’ll see plenty of license plates from states as Ohio, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Toledo Blade which runs through North Port into Charlotte County is named after The Blade, or the Toledo Blade, the daily newspaper of Toledo, Ohio.

Florida Travel: Underground Wonderland at Florida Caverns State Park

“Stalactites hang down like tights on a clothing line,” I remember my mom telling me sometime during my childhood. When it was time for college, I began as a communications major and ended with a bachelor’s degree in rocks and dirt, otherwise known as earth science.

Travel to Germany: Walking Tour Uses Five Senses to Discover East Berlin of Yesteryear

Following Dirk down the sidewalk along Karl-Mark-Allee, a boulevard built during the days of the German Democratic Republic, and looking at the pre-fabricated apartment buildings, I imagined what life was like in a 1949 – 1990 East Berlin behind the Berlin Wall. Admittedly, I am ignorant when it comes to historical events around the GDR, a totalitarian Communist dictatorship, but with each step during the tour, Dirk painted a vivid image of what that life looked like through engaging the five senses.

Florida Travel: Teen-Owned Sage Paddle Company Offers Fab Fun on Navarre Beach

“Are you having fun?” 16-year-old Sage Offutt asked with a smile as she pulled up next to me on her teal-colored scooter. Her long, strawberry-blonde hair was loosely tied up in a bun on top of her head and she wore a tie-dyed T-shirt which read, “Just Livin’ the Dream.”

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2018: Yes, Flamingo is Open in Everglades National Park

Recently, I took a nostalgic trip to a place I once called home and I can confirm, yes, Flamingo is open in Everglades National Park. After many hurricanes and aging infrastructure, work is not done but one company has taken the destination under its wing to make it something magnificent.

Fun & a Bit Quirky Florida Holiday Celebrations

Holly, jolly events are plentiful in the Sunshine State from Christmas light cruises to surfing Santas. Here’s my short list of fun and a bit quirky Florida holiday celebrations.

Canning. Buffalo-Style

The evening was about collecting aluminum cans and plastic and glass bottles with the goal of redeeming them for cash. New York is one of a handful of states that charges a deposit (a nickel) on most cans and bottles

Florida Travel: Learning and Playing in The Olive Grove in Brooksville

When Dede and Cambren Davis visited Italy about a decade ago, they were inspired to plant an organic olive orchard today, own The Olive Grove in Brooksville.

Utilize the Sharing Economy to Plan Your Florida Adventures

From RV rentals to unique camping locations to hiring a local friend to show you hidden gems, utilize the sharing economy to plan your Florida adventures.