They say that whatever you are doing on the first day of the year sets the barometer for how the rest of the year will go. I decided this year I would start off with an adventure to kick off my 2016. You’ve seen my 2016 adventure bucketlist, so I’m counting on this year to be one of the most adventurous ever. On New Year’s Day, my son and my adventure buddy Nicole and I headed north of Tampa to a little sleepy town called Williston, FL. If you blink, you’ll miss it. I had been dying to get to the famed Devil’s Den, an underground spring in a prehistoric cavern. What better day to visit Devil’s Den than the first day of the year! Read More »
I’m not a native Floridian but I’ve lived in Florida since I was a young teenager. I used to hear so much about the infamous Daytona Beach but I had never experienced it as a vacation destination. A couple of weeks ago the teenager and I snuck in some much needed family time on a quick getaway to Daytona Beach courtesy of Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. He had a non student day at school on a Monday making it the perfect time for an extended weekend. With high school football season in full swing and his demanding course load we don’t have nearly as much free time as I’m accustomed to having. This weekend of family fun and recuperation couldn’t have come at a better time. I think he needed a chance to rejuvenate and so did I. Daytona proved to be a great choice for family fun time.
Last month the blog turned 2 years old! What better way to commemorate the occasion than to do something outdoorsy! I decided to return to the best place to kayak in Florida (also my favorite paddle location) for a kayak excursion on the Weeki Wachee River with my Outdoorsy Diva and Friends group. (Not a member of my group yet? You should be! We do fun stuff.) For this event I reserved our group kayak trip with Weeki Wachee Kayaking. I used a different outfitter on previous excursions, but their times tend to be a bit more restrictive and just wouldn’t work for this trip because we wouldn’t be able to get there until the afternoon. A friend referred me to Weeki Wachee Kayaking, which has leased a launch on the river on the property of Weeki Wachee Christian Camp. (Weeki Wachee Kayaking provided a free kayak rental in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinion of my experience. Full Disclosures.)
Exhilarating, Heart-Stopping, Thrilling, Amazing! All of those words come to mind to describe last weekend. I checked off one of my bucket list items. I went hang gliding!!! I wasn’t abroad or out west so how is this even possible that I hang glided in Florida since we don’t have cliffs or mountains? Just off of I-4, a hop skip and jump away from “The Mouse”, there’s a little plot of paradise called Wallaby Ranch, in Davenport, FL. Wallaby is a hang gliding mecca where people have come from literally all over the globe to learn to glide. It’s actually the first and largest aerotow hang gliding flight park in the world. By aerotow, I mean a small 1 man plane pulls the glider up into the air to 2000 feet and then you detach and glide until you make your way back down to Earth. Read More »
Watching cars zoom around a track at unimaginable speeds is a great American past time for some. It’s not something I really grew up watching. I know a few big names but that’s about it. The extent of my racing knowledge is grounded in Talladega Nights and Disney/Pixar’s Cars, the animated movie. Now the guy I used to date was really into racing and I had gone to a few drag races, and even some dirt track races with him. I’ve even seen the inside of the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the snow. However I had not been to an actual NASCAR event and taking a solo day trip to Daytona Beach, Florida to one of the Sprint Cup series races was a unique adventure, even for me.
The Smithfield Brand invited me to come over to Daytona for the Coke Zero 400 last week and I jumped at the chance because as long as I have lived in Florida, I’ve actually never seen the Daytona International Speedway. Smithfield is the brand that fuels the Richard Petty Motorsports Sprint Cup Series race team No.43 with bacon. No really guys it says so on the No. 43 car and everything. They are one of the major brand sponsors for the RPM team and they held some kick booty events as part of the Coke Zero 400 festivities. Here’s a list of my favorite moments from this non racing fan’s epic first NASCAR race experience. Read More »