Life in the Van: What’s My “Hashtag Vanlife!”REALLY Like?”

[NOTE: I’ve blogged all these how-to posts before, but am gonna re-run them on occasion, since folks may have missed them, and many of them have been updated or expanded since they were first posted.] If the only thing you see about “vanlife” is on InstaGram or YouTube, you’d be forgiven for thinking that every … More Life in the Van: What’s My “Hashtag Vanlife!”REALLY Like?”


I visited this place around ten years ago after visiting with a friend, but now that I’m camped out in St Augie for a while I decided to visit it again. So, some new photos. Dolphins!

Fort Mose

(Pronounced “Moe-say”) Fort Mose was the first free African-American community to be established in North America. Under the British colonial system, colonies were viewed as simply ways of siphoning wealth from foreign territories and sending it back to the homeland. Many of the colonial charters spelled out how trade was to be conducted in the … More Fort Mose

Elephant Behind-the-Scenes at the Zoo Tampa

Like many zoos, Zoo Tampa has a number of special behind-the-scenes “Animal Encounters” that are available for guests. For an extra charge, you get taken back to the off-exhibit animal care facilities in small groups and get special demonstrations from the zoo’s animal care staff and keepers. So, during my latest visit to the Zoo … More Elephant Behind-the-Scenes at the Zoo Tampa

Henry Plant Museum

The Henry Plant Museum in Tampa memorializes the man who brought tourism to Tampa Bay. Until the time of the Spanish-American War, Florida was a forgotten sparsely-inhabited backwater, consisting mostly of unwanted swampland that was infested with malaria and yellow fever. In an age where most land travel was by foot or by horse buggy, getting … More Henry Plant Museum