Travel in Florida: All About Elephants at Two Tails Ranch
Jun19

Travel in Florida: All About Elephants at Two Tails Ranch

Located about 90 minutes northwest of Orlando and between Ocala and Gainesville in Williston, Fla., is Two Tails Ranch, a privately-owned, one-of-a-kind elephant ranch where eight pachyderms are permanent residents. It’s not an elephant sanctuary, although I’m aware of at least one in Florida, and since its inception in 1984, about 300 other elephants have passed through its gates. Think of the 80-acre ranch as a hotel for these endangered gentle giants.

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#FishTacoCompetition: Nauti Parrot Dock Bar, Fort Myers Beach
Jun11

#FishTacoCompetition: Nauti Parrot Dock Bar, Fort Myers Beach

Where can you find the best fish tacos in Southwest Florida? I’m one of the judges on the quest to find them and my first stop in the competition was at Nauti Parrot Dock Bar in Fort Myers Beach where I tried THREE of their tacos each with a different seafood protein.

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Where Are the Best Fish Tacos in Southwest Florida?
Jun05

Where Are the Best Fish Tacos in Southwest Florida?

I’m excited to be joining other judges in finding the best fish tacos in Southwest Florida. I am putting my certified food judging skills to work by participating in the First Annual Fish Taco Frenzy Competition and eating my way through Southwest Florida sampling this pescetarian fave. 

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I Met a Rocket Man at Heroes and Legends at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
May24

I Met a Rocket Man at Heroes and Legends at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

“One of my heroes was John Glenn. My mother let me play hooky from school to watch his mission. And the drama and the class with which he performed that mission was really neat,“ rocket man Jerry L. Ross told me when I asked the hero who his hero was.

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Firearms Training and My First Trip to a Gun Range in Port Charlotte, Fla.
May21

Firearms Training and My First Trip to a Gun Range in Port Charlotte, Fla.

“Don’t put your finger on the trigger. Cross your thumbs. Hold it steady. Don’t be scared. There’s nothing to fear,” were the thoughts running through my mind as I picked up a loaded handgun at Shooter’s Paradise gun range in Port Charlotte, Fla.

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Riding the Waves in Englewood, Florida
Mar16

Riding the Waves in Englewood, Florida

These speedy little gems are offered by Riding the Waves located at Skip’s Marina on Placida Road in Englewood where guided tours are offered.

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Where to See Manatees in Florida’s Gulf Coast
Jan16

Where to See Manatees in Florida’s Gulf Coast

Cooler weather means the lovable sea cows are congregating in warmer waters. Planning a vacation to the Sunshine State’s Gulf Coast? From Homasassa Springs to Fort Myers, here are some of my favorite places on where to see manatees in Florida’s Gulf Coast, both in their native habitat and in captivity.

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Florida Travel: What to Do in Punta Gorda & Englewood Beach in 2017
Dec29

Florida Travel: What to Do in Punta Gorda & Englewood Beach in 2017

Happy 2017! ‘Tis the time of year for my annual month-by-month listing of things you must try in the Punta Gorda & Englewood Beach, Florida area during the New Year. Of course, you can enjoy many of these activities throughout the year.

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Pet-Friendly Florida: Flagler Beach
Nov23

Pet-Friendly Florida: Flagler Beach

A dog beach, pet-friendly dining and activities had Radcliff’s tail wagging during our visit to Flagler Beach, Florida. This was our first, of what I hope, of many road trips.

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Coincidence or Something Bigger? Paying Respects at the Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida in Punta Gorda
Nov05

Coincidence or Something Bigger? Paying Respects at the Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida in Punta Gorda

I had a random encounter at the Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida in Punta Gorda that has me wondering whether it was coincidence or something bigger.

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Florida International Air Show to Soar Above Punta Gorda Oct. 21 – 23
Sep18

Florida International Air Show to Soar Above Punta Gorda Oct. 21 – 23

Rejoice! The Florida International Air Show will return to the Punta Gorda Airport Oct. 21 – 23, 2016, and I recently met with air show officials who are bursting with excitement with this year’s event. Everyone I heard from said this will be the best in the show’s 35 years. Highlights include three days of activities with a twilight spectacular on Friday night kicking the aviation event off. Expect an abundance of static...

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Solo Travel in Florida: Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort
Jul22

Solo Travel in Florida: Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort

It’s no secret I’m all about learning new things and last month on Women’s Golf Day (June 7, #WomensGolfDay)I headed to one of the best vacation spots in Florida, Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, to learn basic techniques during a golf clinic. This Tampa Bay resort was one of hundreds of golf courses around the world commemorating the day with special events and clinics.

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Book Dream Vacations During 2016 CyberSummer
Jun17

Book Dream Vacations During 2016 CyberSummer

You’ve been itching for those dream vacations and now is the time to book THEM. Yeah, that’s right, I’m encouraging you to plan for multiple getaways and the CyberSummer event is a terrific place to begin your planning.

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A Taste of Austria at Tina’s Cafe & Bakery Vienna in Punta Gorda, Fla.
May28

A Taste of Austria at Tina’s Cafe & Bakery Vienna in Punta Gorda, Fla.

On a recent Friday night, I sat in a cozy Punta Gorda cafe with about a dozen others and all of us had at least one thing in common, an interest in wine. Together, we journeyed to Austria with Bernhard Weidinger as our guide but passports were not needed. All what was required was a thirst for adventure.

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Memorial Day Weekend by Boat. Best Way to Kick Off the Summer!
May26

Memorial Day Weekend by Boat. Best Way to Kick Off the Summer!

How do I describe my backyard? Water, water everywhere! Living in Southwest Florida, I’m a hop, skip and a jump to Charlotte Harbor, Florida’s second largest estuary, and Gulf of Mexico. The best way to enjoy this area is on a boat.

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