Collier-Seminole State Park, Florida

Date Visited: 12/13/2020 The dredge at Collier-Seminole State Park is a remarkable piece of engineering history. It was built in 1924 and used to create the Tamiami Trail, a highway that connected Tampa and Miami through the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp. The dredge is now a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark and can be... Continue Reading →

The First U.S. National Preserve – Big Cypress

Date Visited: 12/12/2020 This vast swamp is home to a rich diversity of plants and animals, including the endangered Florida panther, the American alligator, and the elusive ghost orchid. Here are some reasons why Big Cypress is so special: It is the first national preserve in the United States Unlike national parks, which are managed... Continue Reading →

Why we don’t wait for retirement to travel

Looking back through our vacation videos it's evident that the progression of Kim's heart disease has not slowed down. Although statins have reduced her cholesterol, beta blockers have controlled her tachycardia, and aspirin is supposed to be guarding against that first heart attack, her blood pressure, insulin levels, fatigue and headaches continue to worsen. Yet,... Continue Reading →

Meet the McGees

The Great American Road Trip has made a comeback, but with a twist. With our minimalistic approach to van camping, we'll show you how to travel the United States and explore the National Parks and State Parks while making travel more affordable with a few hacks. Do more in less time, with less money.

Most Comfortable Pants for HIKING!

Hi! Kim McGee here. Anyone that follows our travels knows that I have a problem with my weight. You've seen it go up and down by as much as 10 lbs. between videos. This makes it difficult to find comfortable clothes to hike in. That is, until I found Columbia Apparel and Shoes (affiliate link).... Continue Reading →

Everglades National Park

Date Visited: 12/09/2020 - 12/12/2020 We saw a top-secret missile base, car eating vultures, a horde of tree snails, the largest soft-shelled turtle we’ve ever seen and a whole lot of beautiful scenery during our three days stay at the Everglades National Park. We chose to visit Everglades during the winter while the temperatures were... Continue Reading →

Blowing Rocks Preserve

Date Visited: 12/09/2020 & 12/17/2021 As we left Jonathan Dickinson State Park in 2020, we had one more place we wanted to stop on our way to the Everglades National Park. Running along the east coast of Florida is Anastasia Limestone formation. We witnessed a small portion of this limestone outcropping during our trip to... Continue Reading →

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