Books to Inspire Young Readers to Protect Water Quality
Apr07

Books to Inspire Young Readers to Protect Water Quality

Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. These three books will inspire young readers to protect Florida’s water quality.

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Four Can’t Miss Florida Festivals in April 2019
Apr01

Four Can’t Miss Florida Festivals in April 2019

Florida is a haven for events and something is happening every weekend. You won’t want to miss these four must-attend Florida festivals in April. I’ve rounded up the best events representing the best in the Sunshine State this month. These events are the Sebring Soda Festival, Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival in Clearwater, and Cocoa Beach Uncorked.

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Florida Travel: Hiking Myakka River State Park’s Deep Hole
Mar25

Florida Travel: Hiking Myakka River State Park’s Deep Hole

I checked something off my Florida bucket list last month by hiking Myakka River State Park’s Deep Hole. Only 30 people a day are permitted access so this journey earned me bragging rights.

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Ready to Fly? 5 Popular Florida Zipline Adventures
Mar21

Ready to Fly? 5 Popular Florida Zipline Adventures

Looking for an adrenaline rush during your Florida vacation? Here are some popular Florida zipline adventures.

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5 Awesome Airboat Tours for Your Florida Vacation
Mar18

5 Awesome Airboat Tours for Your Florida Vacation

Racing through marshy and grassy areas in an airboat and spotting alligators seems to top the list of things to do for tourists during a Florida vacation. Heck, even after living in the Sunshine State for more than two decades, I still enjoy the thrill of zipping and spinning over marshy areas at speeds up to 45 mph and admiring flora and fauna.

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Kayaking Manatee Park in Fort Myers
Mar11

Kayaking Manatee Park in Fort Myers

Cooler temperatures mean it is manatee viewing season in Florida. The state has several seasonal warm-water manatee gathering areas and one of my favorite spots is Lee County’s Manatee Park in Fort Myers.

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Florida Travel: Walking in the Steps of the Calusa
Feb05

Florida Travel: Walking in the Steps of the Calusa

One of the things I love about Florida is the rich history. Recently, I spent an afternoon walking in the steps of the Calusa at the Randell Research Center in Pineland. There, they have nurtured the Calusa Heritage Trail.

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Everglades National Park is Open During the Federal Government Shutdown But…
Jan21

Everglades National Park is Open During the Federal Government Shutdown But…

Europe has centuries-old castles, Asia has sacred temples, and the United States has our National Park System. As filmmaker Ken Burns said of them, they are “America’s best idea.” How is the government shutdown affecting our national parks?

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7 of the Best Festivals Celebrating Florida Wildlife
Jan19

7 of the Best Festivals Celebrating Florida Wildlife

Birds of a feather flock together, at least that’s how the saying goes. Floridians embrace the native wildlife. For those who appreciate the Sunshine State’s fauna, here’s a short list of the best festivals celebrating Florida wildlife.

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2018: Yes, Flamingo is Open in Everglades National Park
Dec14

2018: Yes, Flamingo is Open in Everglades National Park

Recently, I took a nostalgic trip to a place I once called home and I can confirm, yes, Flamingo is open in Everglades National Park. After many hurricanes and aging infrastructure, work is not done but one company has taken the destination under its wing to make it something magnificent.

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Discover South Carolina: Congaree National Park with a Dog
Nov10

Discover South Carolina: Congaree National Park with a Dog

Oh, how I love jumping into an adventure. In October, I drove up to South Carolina and followed some memorable pathways with my favorite travel companion by my side. My dog Radcliff. One of my stops was Congaree National Park.

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Discover South Carolina: Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, A Yard of Dreams
Nov07

Discover South Carolina: Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, A Yard of Dreams

A recent conference allowed me to discover South Carolina and visit the amazing Pearl Fryar Topiary Garde, a true yard of dreams. “If you build it they will come,” is a whisper out of an Iowa cornfield in the fictional movie Field of Dreams. I am not sure if he was inspired by a whisper but in Bishopville, S.C., Mr. Pearl Fryar built a home with a stunning topiary yard in a former corn field.

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Zip Lining Off Buffalo’s Grain Elevators
Oct07

Zip Lining Off Buffalo’s Grain Elevators

Y’all know I’m all about bragging rights and when I was home in August, my sister and I went zip lining off Buffalo’s grain elevators at Buffalo RiverWorks and it was freaking exhilarating!

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Florida Travel: Spending Time with Weeki Wachee’s Mermaids
Sep23

Florida Travel: Spending Time with Weeki Wachee’s Mermaids

Are mermaids only found in fantasies or do they exist? About an hour’s drive north of Tampa is the city of Weeki Wachee and home to Weeki Wachee Springs where mermaids gracefully perform and delight visitors. The city was incorporated in 1966 and as of the 2010 census, the population is 12 residents. Robyn Anderson, the Weeki Wachee’s mayor, is a former mermaid and the municipality calls itself “the only city of live mermaids.”

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Holiday Gift Guide: Enjoy the Outdoors with These 8 Finds from ICAST 2018
Aug19

Holiday Gift Guide: Enjoy the Outdoors with These 8 Finds from ICAST 2018

Enjoy the outdoors with these 8 finds from ICAST 2018 or consider this your holiday gift guide for the outdoorsy person in your life.

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