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

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.)


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.

© Can Stock Photo / Aleutie

Florida’s top Spring Break beaches

Florida’s beaches are still the top destinations for spring breakers, and here’s our rundown on the most popular.

Brad Paisley

Florida Strawberry Festival: Feb. 28-March 10, 2019 in Plant City

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.

Cortez Fishing Festival celebrates its maritime roots: Feb. 16-17, 2019

Cortez Fishing Festival celebrates its maritime roots: Feb. 16-17, 2019

This tiny fishing village wedged between Bradenton and Anna Marie Island celebrates its rich heritage as a commercial fishing hub.