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The Beach Is Still Fun In January

I know, I know…the weather is cooler, maybe a bit overcast. But have you ever given the beach a try during the wintertime? The crowds are few. The beach is wide open. It’s really a cool thing to see because most of us have this vision of slammed beaches full of tourists. Not so during this time of year. I find wintertime is a good time to admire the natural beauty that can be found on Florida’s beaches. Read More…

Post Card Inn on St. Pete Beach

My wife and I decided we wanted to be beach bums for a couple of days. We went all out and actually got a room on the beach, which is a rare occurrence, usually we just make the hour long trip to and from our apartment. But it kind of really, really sucks in some ways to be forced to commute to the beach, especially when you have a kid that you have to somehow figure out how to work in a naptime. It gets difficult, but with a room! Ah, we can hit up the beach in the morning, head in for drinks and a nap, and go back out for the sunset. Life is so much better this way. Read More…

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Through studying Florida’s past, I’ve constantly come across Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings as one of Florida’s premier authors, which means quite a bit to me since I love reading and writing. So, I decided to embark on a Rawlings reading quest to see what all the hubbub was about. I choose three of her books–South Moon Under, Cross Creek, and–the Pulitzer Prize winner–The Yearling. Read More…

Greetings! I’m back!

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Hello all–sorry for the long lapse in writing. I promise from this point forward I will write on a more regular basis. Even though I haven’t documented it on the blog in a while, I’ve still been having lots of Florida adventures and have been doing lots of exploring. I think the problem is I psych myself out when it comes to the writing part of the blog–I want everything to be so absolutely perfect that I end up not posting anything. That ends now! Read More…

Photo by Ricky Brigante

Big news everybody. Busch Garden’s spectacular Christmas Town celebration will be included with a normal day admission. That means holders of the annual pass, fun card, or a daily admission will get to enjoy the festivities without an additional purchase as in years pass. Read More…

Camping at Oscar Scherer State Park

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What the crap!? Why the heck didn’t I have the foresight to call ahead? That’s what I was thinking when the ranger at Myakka State Park told us they did not have any more room for tent camping. Read More…

Lowry Park Zoo’s “Zoo Boo” Review

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I  finally had the chance to attend Lowry Park Zoo’s Halloween celebration–the Zoo Boo–and had a chance to explore all of their haunted houses, and sorry–I didn’t have enough time to finish up the article before the end of the Zoo Boo. I feel bad, but I figured, what the heck, I’d publish it anyway. It will give you something to look forward to next year, as I do recommend you do this next year if you are in the Tampa area for Halloween. Read More…

The weather is changing. Time to get outside.

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It’s that time of year in Florida. We are on the edge of getting back our beautiful weather and saying farewell to the blistering summer heat. That means a lot more of Florida is going to be accessible once again, and specifically, only during the next 2-3 months. Read More…

I Met a Childhood Hero at Busch Gardens

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Jack Hanna was one of my childhood heroes. I grew up watching him make appearances with his exotic animals on Letterman, Leno, and other various talk shows, and I was always left with that awesome feeling that his job is so cool. I loved listening to his jungle stories of traveling the world, filming rare animals and fighting for conservation. Read More…

Busch Gardens shows off first tidbits of Howl-O-Scream

These old, blank televisions were found in the glass display case outside of the store, on one of the main walkways from the main gates.

On my recent visit to Busch Gardens a few days ago I saw the decorations were starting to get put together. The structures to the fun houses were being built, certain sections were shut down, and the first Howl-O-Scream shop was open. I took some pictures and it was super scary. Check it out. Read More…