About Me

Thanks for visiting here at FloridaAdventuring. This site, a continual work in progress, has been a labor of love from the beginning. My wish is that this site helps you discover new adventures for yourself.

I had the privilege of growing up with some of the best people in the world in the small, northern Everglades town of Pahokee, the name of which is an Indian word meaning "Grassy Waters." That part of the Glades, long ago drained for farming, used to be part of the Great River of Grass, hence the name.

During my time here in our southernmost state, I've explored the place from Pensacola to Key West, and from Fernandina Beach to Chokoloskee. Even though I've lived here most of my life (spent some time in Georgia and Wyoming), I'm always discovering something new about my home state.

Graduating from both the Florida State University and the University of Georgia, my professional background is that of an accountant, a college instructor, and a writer. But I've always had a love for the outdoors, and that's often where you'll find me when I'm not otherwise working.

I was extremely lucky to find, and marry in 1971 a lovely and wonderful woman who for 40 years has put up with me and my wet boots, big dogs, assorted boats, fishing tackle, scuba gear, and camping stuff. I'm not sure why she does it, and I've never wanted to push my luck by quizzing her about it. But I love her dearly for it. Together, we're proud of our one grown son in law school. Who knows? Maybe he can help keep his old man out of trouble. :-)

At the Anchorage

For the past 28 years we've lived in rural north Florida, in a small community nestled among the many lakes here. It's a great place to live and to work.

One of my long-time interests is in helping people in time of emergency. When I was much younger, I was an Emergency Medical Technician for a time. I've never forgotten those days and how great it felt to be able to help people when they needed it most.

That memory drove me in 2009 to enroll at Santa Fe College in Gainesville to re-take the EMT class, and re-gain my long-expired EMT certificate. Later on, I earned what's called the "wilderness component," making me a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician.

Now, it's my honor and pleasure to be able to volunteer as an EMT with my local fire department.

Thanks again for stopping by FloridaAdventuring.com. Life itself is a great adventure, and my philosophy tells me that no matter what stage of life we're in, there's always some new adventure to come. We just have to look for it sometimes to figure out what it is.

All the best to you.

Always Another Adventure,

Reid