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Swamp Boat Adventure at Cypress Gardens Near Charleston, South Carolina
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Swamp Boat Adventure at Cypress Gardens Near Charleston, South Carolina

While visiting my longtime friend Wendy and her family in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, we headed over to Cypress Gardens for an afternoon. The 170-acre preserve was heavily damaged in historic floods in 2015 and then Hurricane Matthew in 2016, but has since recovered. We explored the Butterfly House first. It’s a large greenhouse is … Continue reading

Road Trip Travel Must Haves: ORCA Walker Tote Softside Cooler and 22 Ounce Hydra
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Road Trip Travel Must Haves: ORCA Walker Tote Softside Cooler and 22 Ounce Hydra

I gear tested the ORCA Walker Tote and Hydra on a road trip through northern Kansas and Central Nebraska. Both of them are now part of my summer travel necessities. Founded in Nashville in 2012, ORCA stands for Outdoor Recreation Company of America. The cooler tote is perfect for road trip, especially since it’s lightweight. … Continue reading

A Day at Summer Outdoor Retailer 2022
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A Day at Summer Outdoor Retailer 2022

A day at Outdoor Retailer means back-to-back meetings with brands for me as I search for innovative outdoor and travel gear. Priorities for me are multi-functional, sustainability, durability, compactability, and price. I also like to find fun products that would make great selections for my Holiday Gift Guide, which I road test every item. Acteev … Continue reading

U.S. Islands You Should Visit
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U.S. Islands You Should Visit

You don’t have to jetset off to an exotic faraway destination for an island getaway. From the Keys in Florida to the San Juans in Washington, there are thousands of island in the United States for you to explore and enjoy. Here are four island getaways I shared in a segment during AMHQ on The … Continue reading

Great Southern Food: Where You Should Eat on Mount Pleasant near Charleston, South Carolina
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Great Southern Food: Where You Should Eat on Mount Pleasant near Charleston, South Carolina

South Carolina’s Lowcountry is legendary for its food. Many flock to Charleston for it. Just a few minutes outside of this fabulous city are other smaller towns where you can find southern cuisine to tantalize your taste buds. Good Dose of Southern Cookin’ On a recent trip to visit my friend Wendy and her family, … Continue reading