Cypress forest along Withlacoochee Trail in the Croom Tract of Withlacoochee State Forest.

Withlacoochee Trail: This might be Florida’s best bike trail

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, Mar 5, 2015 – Some cyclists like to pedal fast and far.  Some (me) like to use a bicycle to explore and enjoy the outdoors with lots of stops along the way. Whichever you prefer, the Withlacoochee State Trail, 46 paved miles through beautiful rural landscape, is about as good as bike trails get. The Withlacoochee is a rail trail located in central Florida, beginning about an hour west of Orlando near the tiny […]

JetBlue Announces Daily Flights from Ft. Lauderdale to the Charm City

JetBlue Announces Daily Flights from Ft. Lauderdale to the Charm City

By Terri Lynn, Reporter, Feb 26, 2015 – Good news for air travelers who fly out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport headed for Baltimore. JetBlue Airways today announced that they are expanding their routes to now include twice daily service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport. The new, non-stop route will launch in November, 2015. A JetBlue Airways spokesperson told EyesOnNews, the company will announce flight schedules and begin selling seats later this spring. “Since […]

by · February 26, 2015 · Broward County, Consumer, Travel
Who needs a groundhog? The Boys of Summer are back!

Who needs a groundhog? The Boys of Summer are back!

By Bob Rountree,, Special to Feb 19, 2015 – Our annual Grapefruit League Spring Training Guide is a great resource for the best campgrounds and things to do outdoors near Florida’s 14 spring-training camps. Our annual guide separates teams into three regions: Central Florida, Southwest Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast. We include official reporting dates, although many players arrive at camp earlier than the listed deadlines. For each team, you will find useful links to other resources and Florida Rambler articles about the best campgrounds, lodging and […]

Olustee is the largest Civil War re-enactment in  the Southeast.

Civil War buffs: Florida’s biggest battle, Olustee, re-enacted Feb. 13-15, 2015

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, Feb 11, 2015 – From my home in Fort Lauderdale, I forget that I live in a state that was part of the Confederacy.  And then I visit a place like Olustee Battlefield State Historic Park, and Florida’s rich and fascinating history is revealed. At Olustee, a state park near Lake City, that history comes alive next weekend when Florida’s largest Civil War battle, the Battle of Olustee, will be re-enacted, with gun smoke, […]

Boston commuters get a taste of Key Lime Pie (Video)

Boston commuters get a taste of Key Lime Pie (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For, Feb 6, 2015 – BOSTON — Bostonians got a taste of the Florida Keys Thursday, when free portions of a huge Key lime pie were served at Boston’s South Station. The gigantic pie measured eight feet in diameter and its creation was led by Key West chef David Sloan, author of “The Ultimate Key Lime Pie Cookbook.” The mammoth pie’s ingredients included the juice of 5,760 tiny yellow Key limes, 200 pounds of graham crackers and 55 […]

Winter storms continue to batter Midwest & Northeast (LIVE)

Winter storms continue to batter Midwest & Northeast (LIVE)

By, Feb 2, 2015 – The latest round of winter storms has been dumping snow throughout the midwest creating chaos for travelers. The storm has moved east and is now pounding away at the blizzard ravaged northeast. Airline passengers continue to face mounting delays and cancellations for flights into or out of the area. If you are planning to travel or expecting someone to come visit, here are some internet websites to check.  You can also get the latest weather […]

by · February 2, 2015 · Consumer, Environmental, Featured, News, Travel
Courtesy The Weather Channel

Air travel still slow but improving to the Northeast

By, Jan 28, 2015 – The fallout of cancelled and delayed flights to and from South Florida to the northeast continues for the third day. From the drop in numbers it appears air travel is starting to return to normal. Here are the latest numbers. As usual if you are planning to travel to the NE, it is suggested you check with your airline for your specific flight. Fort Lauderdale: As of 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 28, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport […]

Live Weather Cameras for the Blizzard of 2015

Live Weather Cameras for the Blizzard of 2015

For, Jan 26, 2015 – EarthCam USA have linked all their LIVE cameras located in cities currently in the eye of the blizzard. When you click the link below you will be taken to a master page. Select the city or location you want to check out. Note, some of these cameras have commercials which run first. Others may go down due the weather or high traffic to the site. In addition, I will be adding additonal cameras, many from […]

by · January 26, 2015 · Featured, News, Travel, Weather
The dock at Pigeon Key

Best places to go and things to do on a Florida Keys vacation

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, 23, 2015- For a series of small islands, the Florida Keys pack in a lot. Here’s a guide to Florida Rambler articles, highlighting special places to discover and experiences not to be missed. Resources for planning a Florida Keys vacation Mile marker guide with dozens of stops to help make the most of your drive south. Florida Keys wildlife: Places to see animals Tiki bars: Soak up the Keys atmosphere 12 great kayak outings in […]

Typical forest road

Stop and camp awhile: Explore wild, vast Ocala National Forest

By Bob Rountree,, Special to, Jan 20, 2015 – When I embarked on a recent expedition into Ocala National Forest, I lost track of time and distance. Easy to do in this vast forest. Who can resist the temptation of following an unpaved forest-service road to the unknown, a pathway to new discoveries and trail heads inviting you to take a walk or ride a bike deep into the forest. Truly, the only way to fully digest the magical dimensions […]

The historic bridge and Calusa Beach at Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys.

Bahia Honda State Park: Nice beaches, but historic bridge is the star

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, Jan 15, 2015 – People love Bahia Honda State Park because it has the best beaches in the Florida Keys. Me? I love it for its 100-year-old bridge. Bahia Honda is 45 minutes before Key West on the drive down the Keys, just beyond the Seven Mile Bridge. It has something rare for the Keys, a natural sand beach, plus some of the most sought-after camping sites in the Keys and terrific cabins. But it […]

A flock of whistling ducks at Circle B Bar Reserve captured by James Butler via Flickr.

Circle B Bar Reserve: More than a birding hot spot

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, Jan 6, 2015 – LAKELAND FL — If you don’t live near it, you probably don’t know about Circle B Bar Reserve, a Polk County park that is just as impressive as many of Florida’s state parks. (And Florida state parks are award-winners.) Located in Lakeland Fl, midway between Orlando and Tampa, it is just 20 minutes south of I-4 on the Polk Parkway toll road, SR 540. Circle B Bar Reserve is especially […]