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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Lookout, Ireland. I’m Heading Your Way in 2016
Sep24

Lookout, Ireland. I’m Heading Your Way in 2016

Look out, Ireland. I’m heading your way in 2016, at least that’s the plan. What started out as half a joke is another step toward reality.

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National Parks, Select Museums Offer Free Admission on Sept. 26, 2015
Sep14

National Parks, Select Museums Offer Free Admission on Sept. 26, 2015

Free is a beautiful word in this single gal’s vocabulary and Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, is indeed, a gorgeous day for my budget. It’s National Public Lands Day AND Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! which means free admission into national parks and select museums.

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Do Something Good for a Park, Forest or Preserve On National Public Lands Day, Sept. 26, 2015
Sep13

Do Something Good for a Park, Forest or Preserve On National Public Lands Day, Sept. 26, 2015

Americans will be stepping into some of the country’s beautiful parks, forests and natural habitats to spruce them up on Saturday, Sept., 2015, during National Public Lands Day. If you’re not able to volunteer, the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and USDA Forest Service have declared the day as a fee-free day which means free admission.

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Video: Solo Travel Girl Takes the Maid of the Mist Boat Tour
Jul18

Video: Solo Travel Girl Takes the Maid of the Mist Boat Tour

Solo Travel Girl Takes the Maid of the Mist boat tour in Niagara Falls, U.S.A. I grew up in Buffalo and not far from Niagara Falls. I’ve visited the Falls several times but never took the Maid of the Mist boat ride until moving away. My best friend from school finally made the trip the weekend of my 45th birthday.

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Floating the Buffalo National River in Arkansas
Jul15

Floating the Buffalo National River in Arkansas

Sitting atop soft sand along the bank of the Buffalo National River, I waited for sunrise. There was a slight chill in the June air but coming from Florida where summer heat and humidity had kissed me each day since April, I welcomed this refreshing morning.

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