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Eat Like a Local on Bangkok Food Tours

My friend Pam is from Thailand and every month, she hosts a Thai food cooking lesson in her home. Her dishes keep my memories of the daily Bangkok food tours I took vivid. Pam has taught me to make yummy dishes such as chicken satay with peanut sauce and my favorite entrée, pad Thai.

Fabulous Florida Foodie Festivals

Caution. Reading this post may cause tummy rumblings and salivating because here are some fabulous Florida foodie festivals for 2019.

Canning. Buffalo-Style

The evening was about collecting aluminum cans and plastic and glass bottles with the goal of redeeming them for cash. New York is one of a handful of states that charges a deposit (a nickel) on most cans and bottles

Meet the Florida Agritourism Association, ‘The Ultimate Field Trip’

Every ounce of me is meant to be a country gal. I can certainly hold my own in major cities as New York, London, Paris, and Bangkok, but even then, I’m seeking the most authentic, off-beat experiences. People who follow my adventures through Florida often ask, how do I find them? One source is the Florida Agritourism Association.

Ohio Travel: My Butler County Donut Trail Adventure

Yumola! I had the experience of traveling through Ohio and literally rolling through the Butler County Donut Trail. Founded in 2016, the Butler County Donut Trail is 80-miles with 12 participating donut shops serving up sweet deliciousness.

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.

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.

Forget Squats! Climb the Gasparilla Island Lighthouse

Forget squats! Get a workout just as good and with a breathtaking view, climb the Gasparilla Island Lighthouse in Southwest Florida.

The Legend of Daytona Beach’s Brownie the Town Dog

Every dog is worthy of being memorialized through a bronze statue, but how many dogs do you know are actually memorialized in bronze? This is the continuing tale of Daytona Beach’s legendary Brownie the Town Dog.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Eat Like a Local on Bangkok Food Tours

My friend Pam is from Thailand and every month, she hosts a Thai food cooking lesson in her home. Her dishes keep my memories of the daily Bangkok food tours I took vivid. Pam has taught me to make yummy dishes such as chicken satay with peanut sauce and my favorite entrée, pad Thai.

Ohio Travel: My Butler County Donut Trail Adventure

Yumola! I had the experience of traveling through Ohio and literally rolling through the Butler County Donut Trail. Founded in 2016, the Butler County Donut Trail is 80-miles with 12 participating donut shops serving up sweet deliciousness.

Are Punta Gorda, Florida and Hamilton, Ohio Twin Cities?

There’s no doubt much of Southwest Florida has its roots in the Midwest. Look around during the winter, heck, even year-round, and you’ll see plenty of license plates from states as Ohio, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Toledo Blade which runs through North Port into Charlotte County is named after The Blade, or the Toledo Blade, the daily newspaper of Toledo, Ohio.

Florida Travel: Underground Wonderland at Florida Caverns State Park

“Stalactites hang down like tights on a clothing line,” I remember my mom telling me sometime during my childhood. When it was time for college, I began as a communications major and ended with a bachelor’s degree in rocks and dirt, otherwise known as earth science.

Travel to Germany: Walking Tour Uses Five Senses to Discover East Berlin of Yesteryear

Following Dirk down the sidewalk along Karl-Mark-Allee, a boulevard built during the days of the German Democratic Republic, and looking at the pre-fabricated apartment buildings, I imagined what life was like in a 1949 – 1990 East Berlin behind the Berlin Wall. Admittedly, I am ignorant when it comes to historical events around the GDR, a totalitarian Communist dictatorship, but with each step during the tour, Dirk painted a vivid image of what that life looked like through engaging the five senses.

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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.

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.

Forget Squats! Climb the Gasparilla Island Lighthouse

Forget squats! Get a workout just as good and with a breathtaking view, climb the Gasparilla Island Lighthouse in Southwest Florida.

The Legend of Daytona Beach’s Brownie the Town Dog

Every dog is worthy of being memorialized through a bronze statue, but how many dogs do you know are actually memorialized in bronze? This is the continuing tale of Daytona Beach’s legendary Brownie the Town Dog.

What It’s Like to Attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, D.C.

Have you ever considered attending the National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, D.C.? Presented by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation and held in President’s Park, it’s a true honor. My parents and I attended in 2018 and here’s a bit of our experience in a journey to #FindYourPark.