Melbourne Beach, FL

The Tour de Turtles Marathon Kickoff took place July 2013 at the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach. Two loggerhead sea turtles were being released with transmitters for the “marathon”, which is actually a series of sea turtle releases with GPS around the Caribbean. The two turtles were Ripley (325 lbs) and Johnny (slightly…

Crystal River, FL

In March 2013 my friend Carrie and I went to Crystal River to swim with manatees. There are manatees all over Florida but this is a particularly good area to see and swim with them because there are a shit ton that migrate there in the winter months. In Crystal River there are a bunch…

Ziplining in Mariposa, CA

Mariposa is just outside of Yosemite. They call it the gateway to Yosemite. This area has sweeping views, rolling hills, and trails without the park crowds. We ziplined at Yosemite Zipline Adventures off of Highway 140. They take you on a zipline tour of increasingly longer and faster lines, so you alternately walk a little…

John D. Macarthur Beach State Park, FL

Paddleboarding through Macarthur Beach State Park, but not technically by going to the state park. We rented boards through South Florida Paddle, which is a mobile company that you meet on the side of A1A on Singer Island just south of the actual park entrance. I’ll have my own board eventually and plop in whenever…

Pinnacles National Monument

Pinnacles was a national monument when I was there but I hear it’s been upgraded to a national park. It’s near Soledad, CA in central CA. This is where you go to see condors. The best time to go is during the winter months either early in the morning or before the sun goes down.…

Rafting the Stanislaus River – Knights Ferry, CA

We had a tradition of rafting the Stanislaus River out of Knights Ferry every summer. My most important tip is to not go in the middle of August when the water level is lowest and the current is nearly nonexistent. You’ll be working hard. I have many memories of seeing people catapulted out of their…

Morro Bay, CA

The entire central California coast is the shit. My mom and I camped at the Morro Bay State Park Campground in November 2012 over Thanksgiving. The campground itself is nice because it’s not too busy, there are lots of trees, it’s right along the bay so you’re right next to the beach without having to…