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.

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.

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.

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Things to do near Daytona: Scenic drives, kayaking, hiking, seafood shacks

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

Tarpon feeds on mullet off Palm Beach County's beaches. (Photo by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star)

Fall mullet run is ideal for surf fishing on Florida’s Atlantic coast

Surf fishing is a great way to get away from it all — alone or with the entire family. Be prepared with our popular checklist and how-to guide.

5 smartphone apps to explore Florida

5 smartphone apps to explore Florida

Your smartphone has never had more tools available to explore Florida’s outdoors.

Cocoa Beach

5 things to discover in Cocoa Beach

This year-round surfing mecca in Central Florida has much to offer beyond the resort cluster near the pier.

Roll out the oysters and crabs for Florida’s oldest seafood festival Nov. 3-4, 2017

Roll out the oysters and crabs for Florida’s oldest seafood festival Nov. 3-4, 2017

Apalachicola celebrates its local seafood industry, and oysters take center stage (along with country music star Rodney Atkins)

Our campsite in the Magnolia Campground

Disappearing river and shady campground rise above the norm

O’Leno State Park is a Florida treasure with a scenic campground at the heart of two state parks that will take your breath away. It is here that the Santa Fe River vanishes, only to re-appear 3.5 miles later to meander many paddle-loving miles to its merger with the Suwannee River.

Naples fest Oct. 27-29 kicks off stone crab season

Naples fest Oct. 27-29 kicks off stone crab season

This Gulf Coast community’s annual Stone Crab Festival marks the beginning of Florida’s stone crab season while showing off the city’s historic center and bayfront attractions. Let’s get crackin’.

Festival Poster by Sarah Turner

Pensacola kicks off 2017 seafood festival season Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Pensacola is one of the premier fishing ports on the Gulf of Mexico, and they celebrate with the fresh, local catch each year at the end of September.