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How I Enjoy the Outdoors with My Dog

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How I Enjoy the Outdoors with My Dog

In the three years Radcliff has been in my life, I have learned a thing or two. This is how I enjoy the outdoors with my dog.

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Florida Travel: Venice Ghost Tours in Sarasota County

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Florida Travel: Venice Ghost Tours in Sarasota County

Q: Why did the ghost starch his sheet? A: He wanted everyone to be scared stiff! When’s the best time of year to join a ghost tour? Wait. This is not a joke because the answer is anytime! Earlier this spring, I joined friends on a Venice Ghost Tour with Venice Florida Tours in Sarasota County. It was a spooktacular evening! K II Meter Used in Paranormal Research and Brought Along the Venice Ghost Tour with Venice Florida Tours. Tools of the Ghost Hunting Trade A Mel Meter, K-II Meter, thermal imager, digital voice recorder, and full-spectrum camera, are some of the tools of the trade paranormal investigator Tracey Rieker carries during tours. She, along with the founders of Venice Florida Tours, Ronnie and Tiffany Fernandez, led the ghost walking tour of downtown Venice. Tiffany Fernandez, Tracey Rieker, and Ronnie Fernandez Before the Venice Ghost Walk with Venice Florida Tours, April 2019. Skinny on Venice Walking Tours Here is a brief history about, well, the walking tour company specializing in history. Mr. and Mrs. Fernandez relocated to Venice from Texas and began offering walking tours of downtown Venice in June 2016 with an emphasis on history. Last fall, Ms. Rieker, who recently moved back to the area after spending time in Colorado, was a guest on a tour. Before moving to Colorado, she lived in a house in Osprey, Fla., which inspired her interest in paranormal investigation. Since then, she has spent about 10 years as a paranormal investigator with most of that time in Colorado. After taking a historical walking tour with the Fernandez couple, they all agreed there are many historical and paranormal tales. The Venice Ghost Walk would be the venue to share those tales. T.J. Carney’s Pub & Grill, Formerly “Dick & Meadows Pharmacy.” Venice Ghost Walk with Venice Florida Tours, April 2019 Are There Haunted Places in Venice, Florida? The Venice Ghost Walk, offered at least once a month, is part history and part Ghost Hunting 101. Although we did not enter any buildings, we stood outside to hear both warm-hearted and bone-chilling tales. Some were first-hand experiences from the guides, others were third-party accounts. Looking at what is now T.J. Carney’s Pub & Grill, it was a Rexall drugstore operated by James Dick and Jerry Meadows. It was commonly known as “Dick & Meadows Pharmacy.” Upstairs tenants reported books and picture frames pushed off shelves for no apparent reason. Did paranormal activity cause it or is there another explanation? Lord-Higel House, the Second-Oldest House in Sarasota County, Venice Ghost Walk with Venice Florida Tours, April 2019. Hear Tales of Those Who Called Venice Home The Venice Museum & Archives holds intriguing history, both tangible and intangible. Built in 1927, it was a guest house called the Triangle Inn. Mrs. Augusta Miner operated it and had moved from Chicago. She tragically passed away in the home in 1934 from a fire caused by an oil stove. She burned but the building did not have any damage. The tour does not pass the building, but we heard the story of Mrs. Miner, her tragic ending, and the stories of her ghost. The group also heard about sightings of ghosts in Kentucky Military Institute uniforms seen in different buildings throughout downtown. Venice was the winter home...

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Florida Travel: #WingsoftheWest Mural Trail in West Volusia County

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Florida Travel: #WingsoftheWest Mural Trail in West Volusia County

Take flight in Florida’s West Volusia County by following the #WingsoftheWest Mural Trail. Social media influences us do some odd things. It has inspired some people to do really dumb things, like the Tide Pod Challenge (people ingesting laundry detergent). Others have made us smile, like Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” lip synch challenge. And thankfully, some benefit ood causes, like the Ice Bucket Challenge raised money for The ALS Association. #DeLandWings by Erica Group Inspired the #WingsOfTheWest Mural Trail in West Volusia County, Fla. Social media also inspires us to visit amazing destinations, try offbeat experiences, and taste artful food. A Facebook post led me on a little adventure in West Volusia County during a road trip to Daytona Beach. How #WingsOfTheWest Were Born In 2014, artist Erica Group drew a pair of angel wings in chalk in downtown DeLand. They served as a backdrop for the staff at Dressed Boutique when they modelled clothing then posted the images on social media. Like wildfire, #DeLandWings went viral and three months later, Group painted a pair of wings on green industrial doors. People (and a few dogs) from all over the country and beyond have visited and posed for photos in front of the heavenly wings. They’re located in an alley behind So. NY Market, a gallery with antiques, collections, and space for artists. Because the wings took flight, the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority approached Group about expanding the trail and developing it as a tourism attraction. The result is the #WingsofTheWest Mural Trail and consists of six murals, each with a different pair of wings. Skydive DeLand has a painting with biplane wings. At the Barberville Pioneer Settlement in Barberville, find peacock feathers. Pose in front of fairy wings at the Cassadaga Fairy Trail in the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp. The wings at Lyonia Preserve in Deltona pay tribute to Florida scrub jays. And, the newest and last set are a pair of swallow-tailed kite wings at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge near DeLeon Springs. A Walking Trail in Lyonia Preserve in West Volusia County, Fla. Walking a Trail Within a Trail: Lyonia Preserve Driving to Daytona Beach, my plan was to start at the most northern point of the Wings of the West Trail then make my way south. According to Google Maps, the drive-time for the 32-some mile trail was about an hour. Unfortunately, my trip did not go as planned. Rather than visiting all locations, there was only time for one stop, and I chose Lyonia Preserve. The scrub jay wings are located on an exterior wall of the preserve’s restrooms. Oh, important stuff to know, these restrooms are only open for special events and groups. The public has access to the restrooms in the nearby Lyonia Environmental Center, which is next to the Deltona Regional Library. Look at Me! I’m a Scrub Jay! Posing at the Lyonia Preserve Florida Scrub Jay Wings in West Volusia County, Fla. As per usual, I was traveling solo so I brought my tripod to snap photos using the timer on my camera. Having snapped at least one Instagram-worthy shot, I explored a bit of the area. Lyonia Preserve is 360 acres of restored Florida scrub habitat to scrub-dependent wildlife, like the threatened Florida scrub jay and gopher...

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Sunday School with Jimmy Carter

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Sunday School with Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School twice a month at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. Here’s my experience.

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Duran Duran Will Perform at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, July 16, 2019

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Duran Duran Will Perform at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, July 16, 2019

Duran Duran will perform at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on July 16, 2019. Here’s what you need to know.

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Solo Travel in Georgia: 24 Hours in Plains

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Solo Travel in Georgia: 24 Hours in Plains

I spent 24 hours in Plains and attended Sunday School with former President Jimmy Carter at Maranatha Baptist Church. Here’s a timeline of my trip.

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How to Spend 24 Hours in Butler County, Ohio

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How to Spend 24 Hours in Butler County, Ohio

Is 24 hours in Butler County, Ohio, enough time to experience this charming destination? No, but it was all the time I had. The kaleidoscope of activities, food, and fun I experienced in those 24 hours left me wanting more.

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Nik and Lijana Wallenda Trained in Sarasota for ABC’s Highwire Live in Times Square

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Nik and Lijana Wallenda Trained in Sarasota for ABC’s Highwire Live in Times Square

Nik and Lijana Wallenda trained in Sarasota for their June 23, 2019, high-wire walk over New York City’s Time’s Square. They will walk 1,250 feet, starting at opposite ends, 25 stories high, on a wire 3/4” in diameter.

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14 Ways to Love Florida This Summer

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14 Ways to Love Florida This Summer

Did you know there are ONLY 14 full weekends this summer? The lazy days kick off June 21 and run through September 23, 2019. Here are 14 ways to explore and love Florida this summer.

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How I Got Buzzed (by Bees) on My Birthday

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How I Got Buzzed (by Bees) on My Birthday

Here is a tale of getting a buzz, by bees, on my birthday with an #Airbnb Experience. It was exhilarating yet a little scary, being surrounded by honeybees in Southwest Ranches near Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

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