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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World’s Largest Fishing Trade Show Through ICAST-Virgin Eyes
Aug01

World’s Largest Fishing Trade Show Through ICAST-Virgin Eyes

When I asked for tips first-time ICAST attendees should know, these were some of the nuggets of advice friends well-versed in the world of the world’s largest sport fishing trade show gave me. If you don’t know what ICAST is, then you probably won’t care about the rest of this post and can mosey along.

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Traveling Solo in Gatlinburg: Mountains to Moonshine
Jul06

Traveling Solo in Gatlinburg: Mountains to Moonshine

Forget about a Rocky Mountain high, how about a Smoky Mountains shine? Exploring and traveling on my own is my identity and my trip to Eastern Tennessee was no different. Traveling solo in Gatlinburg I inhaled the Smokies’ fresh mountain air, learned about some of the moonshine culture, explored caverns and almost got myself in trouble with the federal government!

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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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Solo Travel Girl’s Adventures Near & Far: Ep. 2
Oct23

Solo Travel Girl’s Adventures Near & Far: Ep. 2

During Episode 2 of Solo Travel Girl’s Adventures Near & Far on WKDW Radio, 97.5 FM, I spoke with the Florida International Air Show (Oct. 21 – 23) and Kelley Higney, founder of the Bug Bite Thing,.

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Pet-Friendly Glamping Rentals Website Launches
Jun15

Pet-Friendly Glamping Rentals Website Launches

Dog packs around the world are yapping in glee over the news a pet-friendly glamping rentals website launched. Called Glamping Hub for Pets, the new site, which is part of Glamping Hub, is a community of pet owners offering a resource for booking pet-friendly outdoor lodging, trip planning and pet travel tips.

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Outdoorswoman Journal: Learning Fly Casting in Port Charlotte, Florida
May23

Outdoorswoman Journal: Learning Fly Casting in Port Charlotte, Florida

Can you learn fly casting in Port Charlotte? Yup, as well as in Englewood and Placida areas. My backyard of Southwest Florida is home to world-class fishing and honestly, I don’t take advantage of it enough. It’s not that I don’t have the time, it’s that I fear I don’t have the knowledge. When I was married and lived in the Everglades I fished quite often, which was made easier by having a boat and being...

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Five Must-Do Activities During a Caribbean Vacation
Apr08

Five Must-Do Activities During a Caribbean Vacation

Someday I’ll make another trip to the islands and in preparation I’ve put together this list of five must-do activities during a Caribbean Vacation.

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Here Fishy, Fishy. Juvenile Tarpon Monitoring at Wildflower Preserve
Feb29

Here Fishy, Fishy. Juvenile Tarpon Monitoring at Wildflower Preserve

When I set my alarm for 5:30 on a Saturday morning, it means one of three things. It’s set for a work function, travel, or something really fun to do on my day off. That something fun to do was participating in the juvenile tarpon monitoring program at Wildflower Preserve in Englewood, Fla., with Lemon Bay Conservancy and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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Cruising to Don Pedro Island State Park with Captiva Cruises
Feb22

Cruising to Don Pedro Island State Park with Captiva Cruises

Dr. Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. Dr. Beach and the world’s foremost authority on beaches, considers Don Pedro Island State Park one of Florida’s best tranquil beaches. There’s good reason this beach is worthy of the designation. Located on the barrier island of Don Pedro Island it’s only accessible by boat.

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Hidden Thailand: 10 Things to Do in Loei Province
Dec06

Hidden Thailand: 10 Things to Do in Loei Province

I can say with certainty is Loei is worth the visit when traveling to Thailand. Located in the northeastern region of the kingdom with the Mekong River serving as a border to Laos, the Loei Province is an easy (and affordable), one-hour flight from Bangkok on AirAsia.

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Outdoorswoman Journal: First Time Fishing Charlotte Harbor for Snook and Redfish
Oct04

Outdoorswoman Journal: First Time Fishing Charlotte Harbor for Snook and Redfish

“Fish on! Fish on!” Less than 10 minutes of wetting our lines in Charlotte Harbor, a client and I were both reeling snook into the boat. It’s been years – 15 to be exact – since I last went inshore fishing and I had forgotten about the thrill of being on the water, twitching the line and reeling in a catch . My client and I were fishing with Capt. Rhett Morris of Beyond Borders Outfitters out of Punta Gorda, Fla.

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