The Art of Packing a Cooler

Everyone has a system and plan to pack their cooler. I thought I’d detail my plan and approach for those that may be looking for a few simple tricks and tips to keeping your food fresh when you are on the go. Firstly, I have Lock & Lock Airtight Square Tall Food Storage Container 135.25-oz…

The Low Down on Camping Supplies

We have friends that are about to venture off on a year long RV quest with their family. Sorta jealous. Ok, really jealous. But super happy and excited for them. They are new to camping so they inspired me to write this post. Ok, newbies. We hope this helps you get ready for the open road…

Hiking the Yearling Trail in the Ocala National Forest

A quick dayhike for central Florida residents, The Yearling Trail is a glimpse into the past. The trailhead, located directly across US 19 from Silver Glen Springs in the Juniper Prairie, is a quick six-mile loop through oak and pine to an area known as Pat’s Island. It’s called an Island not because it’s surrounded…

Get steaming on your local Rails to Trails

Rails to Trails and Greenways are an often overlooked outdoor recreation opportunity. Not only do they encourage people to get out and experience nature, many of them are routed through downtown districts and provide a sense of identity and community involvement. These fitness trails are a great place for family bike rides, rollerblading, or evening…

Disappearing Island, New Smyrna Beach

Disappearing Island is one of those places that is really well known in the small central Florida boating and fishing community. The sandy shoal island is only accessible by boat, and only a beach at low tide – hence its namesake.  The crowds that gather on the weekends are a fun and social bunch. And…

Paddle and camp on Shell Key in Pinellas County

Shell Island just a short paddle away from the beautiful Fort DeSoto Park in Pinellas County. A great place to get away for a day or a weekend. Dogs and alcohol are no longer allowed on the beach due to misuse.  The crescent-shaped beach at the inlet on the south side of the island is…

Alexander Springs

A few miles north of Eustis on the edge of the Ocala Forest is a local favorite to beat the heat. Get there early, the park hits capacity quickly in the summer months. Swimming Easily walk the slight grade into the spring to swim or snorkel the 72 degree water over the wide boil. The…