Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park: Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk
Jul15

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park: Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk

Reading inspires adventure. After reading “The Orchid Thief” by Susan Orlean earlier this year, visiting Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park became a priority. I finally stepped foot in Florida’s largest state park and soon realized, I’ll need to make a return visit or two.

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What’s New in Florida Travel for 2021: Adventure Trails
Jun29

What’s New in Florida Travel for 2021: Adventure Trails

As the coronavirus pandemic swept into the Sunshine State and country, you may have missed the announcement of some adventure trails launched in 2020 and 2021. Five destinations with trails are uniquely Florida. They all are fun to follow and offer a new way to discover a slice of Florida.

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My Excellent Adventure Finding Brood X Cicadas in North Georgia
Jun20

My Excellent Adventure Finding Brood X Cicadas in North Georgia

I set out Memorial Day Weekend on a road trip to find Brood X cicadas in North Georgia. Along the way, I visited friends and stayed in dog-friendly HipCamp sites.

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Earning My Floridian Cred by Canoeing the Peace River Hunting for Fossils
Jun06

Earning My Floridian Cred by Canoeing the Peace River Hunting for Fossils

Paddling the Peace River is something you must do to be considered a true Floridian. Even us Yankees who relocated to the Sunshine State can earn our Florida cred by paddling a portion (or all) 106 miles of the Peace from Polk County in Central Florida to Charlotte Harbor in Southwest Florida. Here’s a confession, up until March, I have never paddled the Peace River.

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This Sweet Florida Glamping Spot Has Donkeys!
May09

This Sweet Florida Glamping Spot Has Donkeys!

I love camping but I’m at the age where hotel camping is more my speed. Needing to reconnect with nature and center my soul, I used HipCamp to find a sweet Florida glamping spot near Jacksonville called the Good Karma HoneyBee Bnb.

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Tips for Planning a Shelling Vacation in Southwest Florida
Apr25

Tips for Planning a Shelling Vacation in Southwest Florida

Interested in planning a shelling vacation in Southwest Florida? Following is a response I provided a reader looking for advice on planning her shelling vacation.

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Where to Eat in Punta Gorda: Peace River Beer Company
Apr09

Where to Eat in Punta Gorda: Peace River Beer Company

Wondering where to eat in Punta Gorda, Florida? Give the Thai dishes at Peace River Beer Company a try!

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10 Reasons to Love Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring, Florida
Apr03

10 Reasons to Love Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring, Florida

Lush, dense forests, ancient oak trees, boardwalk trails, and history are some of the reasons to visit Highlands Hammock State Park. Here’s what I love about this Sebring park.

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Get Outside and Get Treasure Hunting!
Mar19

Get Outside and Get Treasure Hunting!

Discovering treasure hunting during the pandemic has been a bright spot It’s a way of getting outside, keeping my body and mind active, staying safe by socially distancing from others, and discovering new places, whether in my neighborhood or another state.

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Here’s How to Legally Step Foot on Cuban Soil Without Leaving Florida
Mar08

Here’s How to Legally Step Foot on Cuban Soil Without Leaving Florida

There’s a small plot of land in Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood owned by the Cuban government. Yes, seriously. I mean, it’s Florida so anything’s really possible.

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Things to do in Southwest Florida with Visiting Friends & Family: Janet’s Itinerary
Feb20

Things to do in Southwest Florida with Visiting Friends & Family: Janet’s Itinerary

Do you live in Southwest Florida and looking for things to do with visiting friends or family? Here’s an itinerary for my friend Janet’s Feb. 2020 visit which includes activities in Sarasota, Punta Gorda, Englewood and North Fort Myers.

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Best Shelling Experience in Southwest Florida: Treasure Seekers Shell Tours
Feb14

Best Shelling Experience in Southwest Florida: Treasure Seekers Shell Tours

Shell, yeah! I had the best shelling experience in Southwest Florida earlier this year and it was with Treasure Seekers Shell Tours in the Ten Thousand Islands.

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Shoot Like A Girl® Free Archery and Firearms Experience at Bass Pro Shops® in Fort Myers, FL, Feb. 6 & 7, 2021
Feb02

Shoot Like A Girl® Free Archery and Firearms Experience at Bass Pro Shops® in Fort Myers, FL, Feb. 6 & 7, 2021

The Shoot Like A Girl Home of the Brave Tour is making its first scheduled stop of the year at Bass Pro Shops in Fort Myers, Florida for a free interactive event.

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Spa Day at Myakka Elephant Ranch in Florida
Dec30

Spa Day at Myakka Elephant Ranch in Florida

A spa day is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday and I arranged an indulgent encounter for a friend at one of the most unique spots in Florida, Myakka Elephant Ranch

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Hello Reel Talk Radio Listeners!
Dec13

Hello Reel Talk Radio Listeners!

If you found me from my appearance on Reel Talk Radio hosted by Capt. Debbie Hanson, hello and welcome! Following are links making solo travel and outdoor adventures easier and topics we discuss on the show.

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