I grew up in “Old Florida”, before the advent of Disney and the interstate highway system. I’ve seen what over-population and over-development have done in every county of the state. I’ve also witnessed the same cycle of discovery, over-development, and all that goes with it on islands throughout the Caribbean and off the coasts of Central American countries- since the 1970s. In uncounted ways my upbringing in this hot, humid, buggy, snaky, water engulfed, tourist-trampled and over-developed state shaped the outdoors and nature loving adventurer that I am and established my preference for travel; especially to places that are out of the way or off the typical tourist path.
Story-telling is an art form in my family and a talent I come by naturally. To me, crafting stories of travel and outdoor adventure serves as a challenging outlet and, in no small way, makes up for 30-and-counting years of nose-to-the-grindstone work as a writer, photographer, producer, graphic designer, and advertising and marketing professional. Ultimately, I’m truly “in it” for the sheer wonder and experience of travel to new and different places and for the opportunity to challenge myself physically and to learn- about people, cultures, and natural environments relatively unscathed by humans.
I’ve discovered that if the traveler is naturally curious, reasonably fit, and possesses a strong constitution and a certain joie de vivre, they may find themselves better prepared to, as Tennessee Williams said, ““Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else.”