Florida Travel: Reconnect at Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center in Milton
Jul03

Florida Travel: Reconnect at Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center in Milton

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.

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#TravelprAna: Spring Showers Won’t Spoil My Dose of Vitamin Sea
May15

#TravelprAna: Spring Showers Won’t Spoil My Dose of Vitamin Sea

Who heads to the beach on a Monday evening? This gal. It’s so #TravelprAna. And if you live within a stone’s throw to a beach, I highly recommend you take advantage of an evening seaside stroll for a good dose of Vitamin Sea. For some strange reason, the beach has been reserved for the weekends to unwind from the workweek. But I say, carpe diem and dip those toes in the sand.

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Cypress Gardens Continues to Bloom at Legoland Florida Resort
May09

Cypress Gardens Continues to Bloom at Legoland Florida Resort

Legos are one of those timeless toys. Making something out of a pile of plastic bricks sparks creativity and innovation. Like me, I’m sure you have memories of Legos, whether it was building something with a friend, sibling, parent, or child, or stepping on a single brick on the living room floor with your barefoot. Relive all those brick-tastic memories with a visit to LEGOLAND Florida.

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Getting Social With NASA Changed My Life
Apr25

Getting Social With NASA Changed My Life

I’ll never forget my first time. The ground shook beneath my feet. A roar rumbled in my gut. Goosebumps tingled over my skin. I stood in awe watching rockets push away from the launchpad and skyrocket into the sky. The year was 2011 and I witnessed the final launch of space shuttle Endeavour and the second-to-last space shuttle launch before the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ended the program.

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Has the Outdoor World Abandoned YETI Because of Fake News?
Apr24

Has the Outdoor World Abandoned YETI Because of Fake News?

I have to wonder, how is the NRA benefiting by spreading misleading information? I wonder how much money they received in donations over the weekend. Will anyone who believed the NRA release and now knows the other side feel betrayed and continue to believe them?

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Outdoorswoman Journal: Southwest Florida Fishing Resources for Female Anglers
Mar19

Outdoorswoman Journal: Southwest Florida Fishing Resources for Female Anglers

Share what you know and living in Southwest Florida, here are a few fishing resources to help female anglers gain confidence and get out on the water to catch the big one. Or at least, reel in their first catch. My earliest memory of wetting a line was with my grandfather during one of many family spring break trips to Sarasota, Fla. Maybe it’s so memorable because of this image I have (see below). I fondly remember boating with...

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Things to do in Berlin: Walking in the Woods with a Pack of Dogs
Mar17

Things to do in Berlin: Walking in the Woods with a Pack of Dogs

A walk in a German forest with a man and his pack of dogs sounds like the beginning of a Lifetime movie and not necessarily the one with a happy ending. Meeting a man I have never met in a forest, in another country really seems like a bad idea. Add to that 15 dogs I never met and it seems like an even worse idea. Doing this goes against all common sense as a solo traveler. But, this is one of the things I did in Berlin and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life!

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Florida Freshwater Fishing: Landing My First Largemouth Bass
Feb19

Florida Freshwater Fishing: Landing My First Largemouth Bass

Fog was heavy and created an eerily beautiful landscape in the Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area. Navigating my car through the campground, the landscape of slash pine trees and saw palmettos looked as though it was strewn with cotton and a light layer floated above Webb Lake. I worried I would miss the boat ramp where I was meeting my guide for a morning trip. I pulled in as my Southwest Florida freshwater fishing guide, Debbie...

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Florida Travel: What to Do in Punta Gorda & Englewood Beach in 2018
Jan01

Florida Travel: What to Do in Punta Gorda & Englewood Beach in 2018

‘Tis the time of year for my annual month-by-month listing of what to do in the Southwest Florida community of Punta Gorda and Englewood Beach (basically Charlotte County) in the New Year. As usual, most activities can be enjoyed anytime of the year. And, I hope you try something that pushes your personal boundaries in the New Year because that’s how you learn, grow and maybe find your new passion.

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Florida Everglades Open for Business After Hurricane Irma
Dec04

Florida Everglades Open for Business After Hurricane Irma

My eyes watered with sadness as I drove through Everglades City on my way to Chokoloskee and spied the piles of debris sitting by the road, eyed blue tarps, and saw some closed businesses with obvious damage. These manmade hills were made of toilets, bedding, and a mish-mash of what were once personal effects and home fixtures damaged by the storm’s fury waiting to be hauled away, more than two months following the storm. It was a sad scene to absorb.

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Florida Travel: Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens in Punta Gorda
Oct25

Florida Travel: Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens in Punta Gorda

More than a decade in the making and a gift of Roger and Linda Tetraul and the Roger and Linda Tetrault Family Foundation, the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens has made its public debut.

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2017 ICAST Finds for Female Solo Travelers
Oct22

2017 ICAST Finds for Female Solo Travelers

I survived my first ICAST, the fishing industry’s largest tradeshow, and found some great finds for female solo travelers. Ranging from services to gear to fun gifts, here are my top 2017 ICAST finds.

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Gulf Shrimp, Crabs and Oysters, Oh My! Learning the Business of Alabama Seafood
Oct10

Gulf Shrimp, Crabs and Oysters, Oh My! Learning the Business of Alabama Seafood

On a fall day, I spent a day in Bayou la Batre, located less than a 2-hour drive west from Gulf Shores, learning about Alabama’s seafood industry and the importance of wild-caught Gulf seafood.

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That Time I Took My Dog Fishing in Daytona Beach
Aug28

That Time I Took My Dog Fishing in Daytona Beach

Radcliff waddled along Adventure Yacht Harbor’s boat dock at and looked like a walking hotdog. Strapped around him was an oversized, bulky orange life jacket probably too big for him. In fairness, this is the first time I’ve found and purchased a life jacket for a dog. The hunter-orange nautical gear was snug yet provided him with mobility to walk and jump aboard Capt. Rachael Reynolds’ boat for a dog-friendly fishing trip in Daytona Beach. Well, specifically in Wilbur by the Sea but really is Port Orange.

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Will the Great American Eclipse Be the Biggest Travel Day in U.S. History?
Aug16

Will the Great American Eclipse Be the Biggest Travel Day in U.S. History?

Where will you be on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017? It’s the day of the Great American Eclipse and it may be the biggest travel day in United States history. The 60 to 70-mile path of totality will sweep down from Oregon to South Carolina, meaning most people wanting to be in complete darkness for the two minutes when the moon moves between the sun and Earth will need to travel to view it.

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