Articles written by: Bob Rountree

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, Bob is co-publisher of FloridaRambler.com.

Suwannee River State Park at the center of adventure

Suwannee River State Park at the center of adventure

A pair of rivers on the move but even a novice paddler can negotiate the currents without difficulty We’re camping at Suwannee River State Park, nestled in quiet woods on […]

Blue Spring State Park

Blue Spring State Park: Swim, float and paddle away the summer heat

The park is beautiful, the swimming is fabulous and paddling opportunities are numerous. Escape the summer heat at Blue Spring State Park in southwestern Volusia County.

Florida Harvest Festivals: 2018-2019 Calendar

Florida Harvest Festivals: 2018-2019 Calendar

There are few things more authentic than Florida’s status as the nation’s winter vegetable garden. Celebrate our state’s many harvest seasons with this comprehensive harvest festival calendar.

Key Largo Kampground and Marina. (MM 101.5)

Take a summer break with lower RV rates in the playful Florida Keys

A complete list of RV campgrounds in the Florida Keys with amenities, reservations links and rates for 2018.

Oktoberfest Orlando

Florida Craft Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Calendar

A guide to Oktoberfests and craft beer festivals throughout Florida.

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.

Gearing up for summer

Just in time for summer, we present our list of gear you need for the outdoors this season.

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.