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.

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!

Desert Inn at Yeehaw Junction

Historic Desert Inn stands tall at Yeehaw Junction

The billboards on the Turnpike are gone, and so are the discount coupons, but the legendary Desert Inn is still kickin’ at Yeehaw Junction.

Hiker along Florida Trail off Alligator Alley. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

7 things to do outdoors in Florida this spring

The crush of spring visitors is testament to what those of use who live here already know: It’s time to get outdoors!

Photo/Barbara Roberts, Florida State Parks

Gamble Rogers: A celebration of song and sea

By doubling the size of its campground, this oceanfront state park in Flagler Beach has expanded its reach — and its appeal.

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9 things to do outdoors near Daytona Beach

Get away from the maddening crowds, at least a little bit, and enjoy more of what the Daytona Beach area has to offer.

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Spring Training in Florida: Campgrounds, beaches and cool things to do nearby

Our annual Spring Training Guide is an invaluable resource for finding campgrounds, lodging and things to do near each of Florida’s Spring Training camps. We include report dates, home openers and links to schedules and tickets.