Video: Solo Travel Girl Visits Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas
Jul07

Video: Solo Travel Girl Visits Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas

Visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, AR, has been on my bucket list for years! It’s the world’s only public diamond mine. I finally had a chance to travel to Arkansas and dig for diamonds on June 15, 2015. Did I find anything? You’ll need to watch and find out!

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Solo Travel Girl Says: Get on the Water and Discover Boating this Summer!
Jul01

Solo Travel Girl Says: Get on the Water and Discover Boating this Summer!

Thanks to my grandfather, I was fortunate to discover boating and kiss the salt life at a young age. Soon after he and my grandmother sold everything in Buffalo, N.Y., drove South and made a life in Sarasota, Fla., he purchased a boat.

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Florida Travel: Getting Wild on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
Jun08

Florida Travel: Getting Wild on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Apopka is one of those Florida cities I’ve seen the exit for countless times on the interstate, say the name out loud (because it’s fun to say!) and keep on driving. I never really gave it much thought as to what’s there. I was pleasantly surprised to discover a natural Florida paradise with lush greenery, haven for birds, delicate blooming flowers and clear water. And, it’s an easy drive from Orlando. Recently, I visited...

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#LoveFL: Aquaholics Welcomed in Englewood, Fla.
May24

#LoveFL: Aquaholics Welcomed in Englewood, Fla.

Aquaholics are welcomed in Engleweood, Fla. In a course of week, rather than blogging, I’ve been splashing in my Southwest Florida backyard, engaged in the activities of wading, kayaking, standup paddle boarding, snorkeling, boating and beachcombing.

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My 9 Tips for Planning a Budget Summer Vacation in Yellowstone National Park
May12

My 9 Tips for Planning a Budget Summer Vacation in Yellowstone National Park

Visiting Yellowstone will create a lifetime of memories. I spent seven seasons living and working in America’s first national park and have visited several times since. These nine tips should help you plan a budget summer vacation in Yellowstone National Park.

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Alligator Wrestling? Oh, Yeah. I Did That at Gatorland in Orlando, Fla.
Apr28

Alligator Wrestling? Oh, Yeah. I Did That at Gatorland in Orlando, Fla.

It’s been a while since I have had something six feet, lean and muscular between my thighs. I’m a gal with standards and straddling a 180-pound alligator wasn’t what I had in mind to relieve me of my, uh, um, dry spell. And hey, get your mind outta the gutter!

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Digging in the Peace River’s Crunch to Find Florida’s Past
Apr20

Digging in the Peace River’s Crunch to Find Florida’s Past

“There’s a gray shark tooth in there,” Mark Renz nonchalantly said after dumping two scoops of Peace River crunch into a wood-framed screen which was strapped with two pieces of a baby blue foam pool noodle. He pushed the floating screen toward me and as I looked down, staring back was a 1-inch layer of what looked to be black stones and pebbles of various sizes.

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Ramp Picking Weekend at The Arnold House in the Catskills, April 18 – 20, 2015
Mar12

Ramp Picking Weekend at The Arnold House in the Catskills, April 18 – 20, 2015

Oh, boy. Sure wish I could participate in the Inaugural Ramp Picking Weekend at The Arnold House in the Catskills, April 18 – 20, 2015. Ramps are new in my culinary world and I consider them one of those trendy veggies for the hipster crowd. Have you tasted ramps?

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Laughing and Paddling at Manatee Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
Feb22

Laughing and Paddling at Manatee Park in Fort Myers, Fla.

My red kayak lazily floated down the Orange River and the only sound I noticed reminded me of snorkelers and SCUBA divers exhaling air. You know, that “pfffft” sound. One after another, about a dozen manatees took turns surfacing near my kayak, exhaling, inhaling then slipping back into the river.

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My Date with a Swamp Walk in Big Cypress National Preserve
Feb17

My Date with a Swamp Walk in Big Cypress National Preserve

Piercing cold shot up my right leg as soon as I stepped into the water then the deep, dark mud. Not one who’s afraid of getting a little dirty when playing, this past Valentine’s Day provided an opportunity to check something off my bucket list, a swamp walk with Clyde Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery. If you’re not familiar with who Clyde Butcher is, he’s known for his large-scale, black and white landscape...

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Watch Your Step and Carry a Big Foam Noodle: Tips for Visiting Warm Mineral Springs, Florida
Jan04

Watch Your Step and Carry a Big Foam Noodle: Tips for Visiting Warm Mineral Springs, Florida

Watch your step and carry a big foam noodle. Planning to visit Warm Mineral Springs in North Port, Fla.? Well, that pretty sums up what you need to know but if you’re looking for a few some additional advice, you’re in luck. After a return visit and a first-time visit for my friend Vivian, we’ve compiled a list of other important tips for planning a visit to Warm Mineral Springs.

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Yeah, It Was Pretty Cool Kayaking Alongside Giraffes at the Brevard Zoo
Dec12

Yeah, It Was Pretty Cool Kayaking Alongside Giraffes at the Brevard Zoo

During my Florida kayaking adventures over the years, I’ve paddled through mangrove tunnels, alongside alligators and over springs and manatees. I was giddy with excitement when I slipped into a boat at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne because I was about to do something I didn’t realize was possible in Florida – kayak alongside giraffes. Now, I’m not talking about animatronic animals but living, breathing giraffes native to Africa.

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Gaze into the Dark Sky During a Star Party in Death Valley National Park
Dec09

Gaze into the Dark Sky During a Star Party in Death Valley National Park

Have you ever attended a star party? When I worked at the Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park, one of the things we did for guests was place telescopes on the roof of the Furnace Creek Inn and offered evening stargazing. Why? The sky in Death Valley is very dark and is not washed out from light pollution found in urban areas.

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Outdoorswoman Journal: Learning About Fish Descending Devices
Nov16

Outdoorswoman Journal: Learning About Fish Descending Devices

Florida Sea Grant, through a grant from West Marine, arranged the outing to tell members of the local media about barotrauma and show them ways certain species of deep water fish experiencing it can be returned to the water through descending devices.

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Seeing the Northern Lights is On My Bucket List. Is it on Yours?
Nov11

Seeing the Northern Lights is On My Bucket List. Is it on Yours?

Seeing the Northern Lights is on my bucket list, is it on yours? This year should be a dazzling display of the Aurora Borealis because NASA is predicting it to be on the peak of an 11-year cycle.

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