“Radcliff. We’re going to Silver Springs State Park and monkeys are going to hop on your back and ride you like a horse! Are you excited?” I said to my dog while driving to Ocala, Fla. I cannot speak for all single female dog owners but there are a few of us who speak to our canines as if they are our soulmates. His response was similar to that of the previous men in my life, a blank stare with his chocolate-brown eyes and silence.
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.
This was my second year attending the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, commonly referred as ICAST, the world’s largest sportfishing tradeshow produced by the American Sportfishing Association. More than 15,000 people walked the 220,000 net square feet of exhibit space at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. While most attendees (primarily wholesalers, retailers, representatives of manufacturers, government agencies, media, and fishing pro staff) walked the aisles looking for the latest and greatest in fishing, I was on the mission to find the latest and greatest in outdoor gear. Enjoy the outdoors with these 8 finds from ICAST 2018 or consider this your holiday gift guide for the outdoorsy person in your life.
Florida Travel: Handcrafted Rum, Vodka, Moonshine and Whiskey at Sugar Sand Distillery in Lake Placid
The country’s only estate-grown sugar cane farm distillery is located in Lake Placid, Fla. During a lazy Saturday afternoon, I set my GPS toward the heart of the Sunshine State to taste handcrafted rum, vodka, moonshine and whiskey at Sugar Sand Distillery. And, the distillery is located less than 5 minutes from Henscratch Farms.
Located in Highlands County, Lake Placid is the Caladium Capital of the World and downtown is famous for its larger-than-life colorful murals. But, on a summer Saturday, my primary purpose was to visit the farmlands and sip wine and spirits at Henscratch Farms Vineyard and Winery and Sugar Sand Distillery.
“The stab for 10 is very dangerous. It’s a stab in the face,” said Brent Feagans prior to the Viking fitness training at Edward Medard Conservation Park in Plant City on a Saturday morning in July. It’s not something I expected to hear in a fitness class.
“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.
What should be on your Florida travel must-visit list? Wonderful Everglades Wonder Gardens! And what’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? Snapping selfies with the flamingos!
Dreaming of vacation? Here are 15 songs for your Florida summer road tripping playlist, hand-selected by me, Solo Travel Girl!
As a second-grader, I wanted to be a postal delivery person when I grew up, because I loved mail. In sixth grade I wanted to be a veterinarian because I loved animals. When I was 16, my heart was set on becoming a disc jokey to rival Casey Kasem and Rick Dees because I loved music. More than three decades later, music continues to be an important part of my life. For those jumping in the car and heading out on the road to explore Florida this summer, here’s a road-tripping playlist including some of my favorite tunes and includes some iconic Floridians.
Looking for a place to reconnect either with yourself, family, or friends? I’ve found it at Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center in Milton, Fla., about a 35-minute drive northeast of Pensacola.
Cupped in the palm of my hands was a latex-like white egg and when I held it to my ear, I heard a little chirping sound. Inside was a baby alligator, called a hatchling, and within seconds, the little guy pierced the interior membrane and exterior egg shell with its egg tooth. My job, with the assistance of a volunteer, was to help the hatchling out of his shell. Soon enough, I was holding a baby gator in the my hands he was so dang cute!
Who doesn’t love saving a buck when traveling? I’m always looking for ways to stretch my dollars and with summer rolling in, I hope you find these tips useful for saving when visiting Florida attractions.
“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.”
There are about a dozen places in the United States where horses are permitted on public beaches and only three locations in Florida with Cape San Blas in Gulf County, Florida, near Port Saint Joe, being one. The other two locations are Amelia Island in the northeast and Hutchinson Island in the southeast. On a lovely May evening, I experienced horseback riding on the beach at Cape San Blas.
Driving Cape San Blas Road toward T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, off to the right I spotted a big black banner hanging on a white and blue building. Sandwiched between a pair of white skull and crossbones, it read “Skully’s Low Country Boil.” Something told me it served really good food and hoped it would be open later in the afternoon. Especially since I was camping and it appeared restaurant options on Cape San Blas are limited.