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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
“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.
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?
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.