Out and About

Topsail Hill Preserve Part I

Our August camping trip took us to Florida's panhandle and a state park called Topsail Hill Preserve, 10 miles east of Destin.  The park gets its name from the tall sand dunes that rise up to 25 feet--much like a ship's sail.   We had heard a lot about this park from other campers so we wanted to check it out.  The campground is different from the usual system of secluded loops and circles.  Topsail was previously an RV resort so it comes complete with swimming pool, shuffleboard, clubhouse and laundry.  Scattered about are some small lakes or ponds, many walking paths, and a fishing pier. 

See the Real Florida

An early morning surrounded by nature can truly be theraphic for those that love being outdoors and especially kayaking along the Chassahowitzka River.

Sabal palms, Cedar and Oaks trees line the banks of this 5 mile spring-fed river and kayaking is one sure way to not miss any sightings of wildlife that thrives in this amazing Florida habitat.

Words cannot express how beautiful this area is and even though the personal inspiration may be different from one to another, this is the Real Florida.

Lake Louisa

Each month, my husband and I visit one of the many great Florida State Parks. July took us to Lake Louisa State Park, 7 miles south of Clermont on Hwy 27.

It's a beautiful park and well worth the stop whether you are interested in camping or just a nature lover out for a day trip. The park’s rolling hills border the northeast edge of the Green Swamp and the parkland takes in some 4,500 acres. There are 6 lakes and over 23 miles of trails.

12th Annual Stuff the Bus fills local classrooms

Spring Hill, FL – During the weekend of Friday, July 13th – Sunday, July 14th, United Way staff, school teachers, volunteers, and community members came together for Hernando’s 12th Annual Stuff the Bus. There were 807 hours logged by volunteers, this year- over 100 more hours than last year. The volunteers helped by collecting school supply donations at all Publix and Walmart locations in Hernando County. This education initiative brought in over 7,410 lbs of school supplies which stocked over 164 classrooms in 24 schools.

Donations included:


• 2,016 Notebooks

Poultry and Pig Pin Ups

From professional tennis coach and European premier league football referee to local high school soccer coach and a successful poultry and pig breeder, Jonathan Stone leads a very busy and interesting life.

Jonathan, who hails from England, has a history of chicken breeding. He previously ran a show chicken company in the 90s in Kent, England so when he came to the US in 2011, he decided to make raising show birds his life’s calling and began breeding Silkies, originally in Tennessee.

Ability Tree teams up With BrawlUSA at the Summer Showdown

Ability Tree of Florida paired up with BrawlUSA again for a fun night of charity pro wrestling on Sunday, Aug , 2018. Summer Showdown, held at The Locomo on County Line Road in Spring Hill, was a fun affair that helped raise money for Ability Tree while providing entertainment for the whole family.


A large crowd with many children were able to enjoy the five matches that were held on the card, including two championship matches and the first ever BrawlUSA women’s match.


HCSO to conduct training for Civilian Response to Active Shooter

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office will be hosting an information session on Civilian Response to Active Shooter.  
Events in recent years have called attention to the need to be prepared for a wide range of emergencies. Communities across the country have reassessed their level of preparedness and established broader training and education programs. At the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, deputies have been training for years to respond to an active shooter incident, training that is routinely reinforced with exercises.

A pocket of tranquility

It’s a beautiful sunny day and I’m sitting under a shady palm, book in hand, a cold drink in the other. There’s a gentle breeze coming off the blue-green water, and the soft chirping of sea birds is the only noise disturbing my afternoon reverie. 

I could almost be on a tiny South Seas island, hours away from civilization but in reality, I’m on a tiny, tiny piece of Florida called Palm Island. 

Palm Island is located about 9 miles south of Englewood, Florida, off the coast from Cape Haze. Not really an accurate name as it is made up of 4 interconnected islands.