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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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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