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History Right Beneath Your Feet

Photos by Kelsey and Scott Walters Crystal River Archaeological State Park  Given Florida’s rich history, it’s likely that just about everywhere you explore has a bit of a past. Dating back to prehistoric times, much of the land we live, work and play on today was once a site of significance to Native Americans.  Ancient middens dot the state’s landscape, with the most notable local … Continue reading History Right Beneath Your Feet

Treetop Trek – Daytona Beach Zipline Adventure

In the heart of Daytona, just down the street from the famed Daytona International Speedway, there’s something lurking in the trees in Tuscawilla Park. Unless you’re as out of shape as I am, it’s not as scary as it sounds.  Tuscawilla wasn’t always a go-to destination in the area, but a Central Florida company has brought a new sense of adventure to the park. Zoom … Continue reading Treetop Trek – Daytona Beach Zipline Adventure

Lions, Tigers and Bears…Oh, my!

Down a long dirt road, in the middle of nowhere in Melrose, lies an animal lover’s paradise. If you happened to be driving by, you would find a simple wooden fence with a “Tiger Crossing” sign attached and wonder what could possibly be behind those gates. I promise you it’s worth investigating. Single Vision Wildlife Sanctuary in Melrose, FL Single Vision, Inc. is a 274-acre … Continue reading Lions, Tigers and Bears…Oh, my!

Epic Encounter – Amazing Animals in St. Cloud, FL

I’ve spent my entire life as an animal lover. I’m raising our daughter, Avery, to be just as caring and loving towards animals as well. Our evenings and weekends are often spent outdoors looking for critters to study and learn from, catching toads and raising caterpillars.  When we heard about a place offering a chance to meet some animals that we have only seen from … Continue reading Epic Encounter – Amazing Animals in St. Cloud, FL

Flutter By

Photos by Kelsey and Scott Walters Lukas Nursery and Butterfly Encounter  Coming out of quarantine and heading straight into hurricane season can make Florida feel like a real downer these days. As Floridians take it all into stride, it’s nice to know that it’s not all gloom and doom. It’s also peak butterfly season!  Butterflies like it hot, so our state offers the perfect weather … Continue reading Flutter By

Florida State Parks Slowly Reopen

On Friday, May 1, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that beginning Monday, May 4, some Florida State Parks will re-open access to trails, day use areas and beach access with limited facilities. This does not include all Florida state parks at this time. Limited List of Florida State Parks Reopen Monday with Restrictions Effective Monday, May 4, DEP will implement phase one to reopen … Continue reading Florida State Parks Slowly Reopen

Into the Woods

Juniper Springs Recreation Area All photos by Kelsey Walters It’s a new year, and that’s supposed to mean new you, right? Whatever you’re trying to renew this year, this decade in fact – even if it’s just your sense of adventure, Florida has plenty to offer. Now proud owners of a rambunctious toddler very fond of her newfound skills of running, jumping and climbing, my … Continue reading Into the Woods

CLOSED FL STATE PARKS

Florida State Parks Closed Until Further Notice

UPDATE 3/23/2020 Effective today, Monday, March 23, 2020, all Florida State Parks will be closed and remain closed until further notice due to coronavirus COVID-19. Although Florida State Parks limited their hours and capacity limits last week, this did not create the needed reductions in residents visiting the parks in order to slow the spread of the virus. March 21, 2020 While many Floridians are … Continue reading Florida State Parks Closed Until Further Notice

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Geocaching: A Perfect Social Distancing Activity

Geocaching 101 I will never forget the first time I discovered geocaching. I was covering a story about a coastal clean up in Edgewater when I noticed a family of four scouring an area of George R. Kennedy Memorial Park like they had lost something they couldn’t live without. I watched the husband step up on a bench, reach up into the pavilion roof and … Continue reading Geocaching: A Perfect Social Distancing Activity