Articles written by: Bob Rountree

Bob Rountree roams the state with his wife Kathy in their 25-foot Starcraft AR-One travel trailer, exploring Florida’s back roads, hidden beaches and scenic parks with kayaks, beach toys and bicycles in tow. A retired journalist based in Deerfield Beach and living the good life, Bob is co-founder of FloridaRambler.com.

Florida Rambler’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Florida Rambler’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Our gift guide for 2017 includes a stainless steel griddle for your outdoor grill, a shock-absorbing hiking stick, an amazing rechargeable flashlight, floating cell phone case and a selection of off-the-radar stocking stuffers.

2017 Holiday Boat Parade Calendar

2017 Holiday Boat Parade Calendar

It’s that time of year! Here’s Florida Rambler’s comprehensive Holiday Boat Parade Calendar with dates and links to dozens of boat parades around the state.

Our lakefront campsite.

Get away from everything at Three Rivers State Park

Three Rivers State Park ranks high on our list of Florida campgrounds. Perched on the shores of Lake Seminole at the Florida-Georgia line, there’s not a bad campsite in the park, and you are in the middle of nowhere. We loved it. So will you.

Brad Paisley

Headliners announced for the Florida Strawberry Festival in March

Florida Rambler’s guide to the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City. Entertainment line-up, places to stay, places to eat, places to camp and things to do nearby. This year’s headliners include Brad Paisley, Reba MacEntire, Charley Pride, Jerry Lee Lewis, Josh Turner, Trace Adkins, Earth Wind and Fire, and many more.

Goodrich's Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Oak Hill: Outpost on Mosquito Lagoon for history, classic seafood shack

Driving U.S. 1 north of Titusville, you would never know Oak Hill even existed. But this gateway to the Mosquito Lagoon is worth finding. There’s fascinating history, a great fishing pier and the sort of atmospheric, out-of-the-way waterfront seafood shack that we love to discover.

Marsh campsite

The Talbot Islands: Paradise on the edge

Windswept beaches, pristine back country waterways, a mile-long fishing bridge and a shady, scenic campground.

5 Things to Do in Ocala National Forest — plus cut your own Christmas tree

5 Things to Do in Ocala National Forest — plus cut your own Christmas tree

Encompassing more than 600 square miles in North Central Florida, Ocala National Forest is bursting with adventure. Hike the Florida Trail, camp in the deep woods, spend a lazy day at a cool, bubbling spring, ride the equestrian trails, paddle a spring run, a lake or a river.

Route 399 through the Santa Rosa area of Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Post-hurricane state and national park updates: Bahia Honda re-opens

Post-hurricane updates for Florida State Parks, National Parks, Forests and Seashores throughout Florida.

Chipley, FL (Photo by Olin Gilbert)

Fall Camping: As the humidity breaks, get into your groove outdoors!

When the weather breaks, Floridians come out of the air conditioning and flock to campgrounds before the snowbird invasion. And yes, there really is a change in leaf color along I-10 in Florida’s Panhandle.