In May of 2017, I went on a road trip that changed my life. I later dubbed it my “Epic Florida Road Trip”. It was my first vacation ever – a life-changing solo trip that took me from my home in Tampa south to the Everglades, down through the Florida Keys, Miami, & north again to St. Augustine. It lasted a week, & when I returned from it, I wasn’t the same person I’d been when I’d left. I returned with a lot of amazing, magical memories, a lot of no-see-um-bites, & a lot of stories to tell. But the biggest thing I brought back with me was a quiet, bold confidence in the knowledge that I knew how to take care of myself, knew what I needed to do to fix the problems in my life, & deep down, knew how to be happy again.These are the photos from that time.–This is book one of seven photo albums from my road trip – there is one book for each day of the trip spanning the highlight photos of the day & showing the things I did. I hope that these books feel like the kind of photo album your friend would share with you if they had gone on a vacation – honest & beautiful & joyous.
PUBLICATION DATE: April 20, 2019
PAPERBACK 126 Pages
GENRE: Photo Books – Florida
Climbing the only Canopy Walk tower the Southeastern USA. Watching the sun set from the Naples Pier. Camping in my SMART CAR (of all things), in the Everglades (of all places!). Going on an airboat ride through the Everglades. Holding a baby gator & visiting an alligator farm. Snorkeling in a breathtaking reef off Key Largo. Training baby sting rays & petting sharks. Parasailing over Key West & seeing the island from more than 150 feet up. Feeding giraffes, tortoises, chickens, emus, rhinoceroses, sting rays, nurse sharks, a variety of fish, & parrots. Visiting an ancient Spanish monastery shipped to America from Spain & reassembled in Miami. Watching baby armadillos forage for food in the leaves. Touring the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine. Climbing 219 steps to the top of an 165-foot-tall lighthouse & seeing for 25 miles. Climbing 236 steps down into a prehistoric sinkhole set in the center of a miniature rainforest. Seeing Blue Morpho butterflies in a huge tropical aviary.
All by myself. All on my first-ever vacation away from home.
I had my share of pitfalls (& mosquito bites). But it turned out being one of the most transformational experiences of my life.
And you get to hear about every detail of it right here.
Published :: September 26, 2018
Paperback 601 Pages
Genre :: Non Fiction / Memoirs / Road Trip Stories