Beach Weddings in Florida: Planning Guide

A barefoot bride and groom hold their shoes as they get married on a beach.

Congratulations on getting engaged! Now that you’ve said, “Yes!” to your one-and-only, it’s time to start thinking about where you want to get married. Maybe you’ve already started dreaming about all of the fantastic places you can say, “I do,” and if you’re reading this post, then a Florida wedding on the beach has probably … Read more

Sailing Movies

Sailboat sailing view from aerial drone photograph

Sailors always want be on the water. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible; especially today. Sailing books, movies and stories help us waterlovers survive until our next adventure. I made this list of resources I’ve found over the years. I hope you enjoy them! Please tell me if you think I should add something. I appreciate … Read more

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Dampiers Landing Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Ichetucknee Springs State Park Ichetucknee Springs State Park is an oasis. It has something for everyone: Tubing on a natural lazy river Paddling: Canoe and Kayaking One of the clearest rivers in Florida Fantastic snorkeling Scuba diving, and cave diving Beautiful nature Hiking trails Diverse wildlife Grills, BBQ and picnic facilities Two on-site restaurants with … Read more

Florida’s Retirement Problems

Florida has a famously old population. Many regions are jokingly referred to as “Heaven’s waiting room” because it is where people go to spend their last years before death. Demographic trends can make it appear as if Florida has a steady influx of new residents. Many reports have optimistically touted the expiration of State and … Read more

National Forests in Florida

Florida is home to three important National Forests, as well as several State Forests. Each of these sites are important for a variety of reasons. Florida’s forests, wildlife and natural environments are under constant assault. Over-development, pollution and encorachment all pose grave, constant threats. Wild, natural forest areas help preserve sensitive ecosystems and provide valuable … Read more

Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island Beaches are visible through green trees and a beach walkway

Sanibel Island is one of my favorite places in all of Florida. I love it because it strikes a perfect balance between so many great things. Nature, conservation and respectful human enjoyment. Laid back, but sophisticated Luxurious, but accessible I especially love the bike paths which connect every part of the island. I could see … Read more

Peanut Island, Florida

A beach on Peanut Island, Florida

Peanut Island, Florida Peanut Island is easily one of the best beaches in Florida. Some locals visit every weekend, and say they never get bored with it. The island is small, but has something for everyone. It’s quiet and peaceful during the week, and a lively boat/beach party spot on weekends and holidays. It’s a great … Read more

Florida Anchoring Laws (Updated 2021)

A sign says "No Anchoring Per City Ordinance" in Florida

Florida Anchoring Laws Florida anchoring rules have been a toxic, contentious issue for years. In this article we’ll look at the guidelines, rules and relevant issues facing Florida cruisers. Plus, for anyone who’s interested, we’ll take a look at some notable Florida anchoring issues and legal cases from the past. Florida Anchoring Rules: What Do … Read more

Make Block Ice

A block of ice rests on a counter next to a plastic tupperware mold

2021 Update: Thanks to everyone who shared solutions and suggestions! I’ll highlight a few here: Something like these flexible bladders might be a great solution to avoid problems with melted ice water in coolers, and food contamination. I haven’t tried this yet, so I’m not sure how they’ll hold up to freezing. But, they look promising. … Read more