Articles written by: 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 from Deerfield Beach, Bob is co-publisher of FloridaRambler.com.

Lake Seminole

Panhandle Safari: Exploring “the other” Florida, campground by campground

Cooler weather is calling us to North Florida, where we explore a diversity of terrain, campground by campground in Florida State Parks.

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.

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.

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.

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.

5 Things to Do in Ocala National Forest

5 Things to Do in Ocala National Forest

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.