Articles written by: Bob Rountree

Bob Rountree wanders around Florida with his wife Kathy in their 24-foot travel trailer, exploring back roads, hidden beaches and scenic parks with kayaks, beach toys and bicycles in tow. A retired journalist from Deerfield Beach, Bob is co-publisher of FloridaRambler.com.

Florida Craft Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Calendar

Florida Craft Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Calendar

Comprehensive Florida beer festival calendar features brewfests and Oktoberfest celebrations in every corner of the state.

Gearing up for Summer

Gearing up for Summer

Just in time for Father’s Day, we present our list of gear you need for summer in the outdoors.

W.P. Franklin Lock on the Okeechobee Waterway

Camping with the Corps: Clean, orderly, nicely landscaped

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages more recreation areas than any other federal agency. Six are in Florida — and they are fabulous.

Cool summer camping near Tampa Bay

Cool summer camping near Tampa Bay

‘Roughing it’ takes on new meaning when camping during a Florida summer. Cooling off becomes a priority. Take the edge off with lots of water, lots of shade and smart thinking.

The campground at Long Key State Park was wiped out by Hurricane Irma.

Hacks for booking a campsite in the Florida Keys

More than 900 campsites were wiped out when Hurricane Irma swept through the Florida Keys, and that has put pressure on those that remain, especially at state park campgrounds. We show ways to improve your odds.

Watch your step: This beach was for Navy frogmen. Now it’s yours

Watch your step: This beach was for Navy frogmen. Now it’s yours

Avalon State Park is a quiet little beach once alive with Navy “frogmen” who trained here for the D-Day invasion.

Flock to a wonderland of birds on tiny Pelican Island

Flock to a wonderland of birds on tiny Pelican Island

The nation’s first wildlife refuge was created by President Teddy Roosevelt to stop plume-hunters from wiping out several species of birds. The birds are back, and spring is a great time to visit. (You’ll need a kayak for a closeup look.)

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Wrap up the season with these popular spring seafood festivals

Enjoy your last big seafood fling with festivals in Fernandina Beach, Pompano, Palatka and a few more. But just a few!