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Travel Ticker: Base Jump in WV, Surfboard Art in CA, Pets and Vets in IL, Celtic Fest in UT, Marathon in NE

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OCTOBER 14-16, FAYETTEVILLE, WEST VIRGINIA. Base jumpers and fun lovers gather at the New River Gorge Bridge this weekend, also the last weekend of the Gauley season. See jumps from the 876-foot-high bridge, acrobatic rappellers and a happy crowd of onlookers. On Friday, Taste of Bridge Day takes place at Lookout Post. On the menu are Appalachian Cheese Steak with Peppers, Brick Oven S’Mores and many more food and drink sensations.  


OCTOBER 1-DECEMBER 3, MORRO BAY, CALIFORNIA. Celebrate the best of surfer culture at the annual Morro Bay Surfboard Art Festival. Meet the finest surfboard artists and see a lighted boat parade. The event benefits artists and Morro in Bloom, a conservation group. See a giftable surboard art book here. Order a California guidebook here. 



OCTOBER 2, CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, ILLINOIS.   Pet lovers alert! It’s Open House all day at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana.  Then take your pet to Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church  in Champaign at 5 p.m. for the Blessing of the Animals. 
 




MOAB, UTAH, NOVEMBER 4-6 The  Moab Celtic Festival "Scots on the Rocks" brings to life the rich heritage and colorful history of Scottish and Celtic cultures. Enjoy music, dance, food, drink and much more.



10/22, HEBRON, NEBRASKA. Run a half marathon on a route once used by the Pony Express, Oregon Trail and California Trail. Covered wagons serve as water stations. Bluegrass bands serenade the runners. Get a Nebraska travel guide here.
 



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Monday, July 15, 2013

Janet Groene, Freelance Travel Writer

Updated April 21, 2016 
My lance is free and always has been. If you need a one-time or ongoing writing job from a truly professional freelance writer, not an unemployed or wannabe "writer" who is "freelancing" while looking for a salaried job, tell me about your project. I meet deadlines with professional copy.  Contact me at 386.658.1586. I'm at my desk Eastern time 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. but may have limited e-mail access when I'm on the go. E-mail me at janetgroene@yahoo.com

Here is the Amazon site where almost all my books are listed. https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002880SLS

Recent Groene "clips". 
 

Janet Groene is a regular contributor to Tribune publications including South Florida Parenting and the Florida Sun-Sentinel. Go to http://www.sun-sentinel.com/search/dispatcher.front?Query=groene&target=all&spell=on


See Janet Groene's feature on national anthems of the Caribbean in  Compass, the hard-cover magazine found in every Holland America stateroom cruising the Caribbean this season. The feature also appears in Windstar ship publications. Hard copy clips always available by mail. Just ask. Many of my best print clips are not online or are in publications that are password protected.

Travel with pets sun sentinel and SF Parenting April, 2016
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/south-florida-parenting/travel


http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/south-florida-parenting/newsletter January /sfp-spaaaaah-healthy-and-fun-staycations-20160120-story.html

Houseboat article on outsourcing march 2016 http://www.houseboatmagazine.com/2016/03/living-aboard-passing-the-buck

Houseboart article on allergies march 2016 http://www.houseboatmagazine.com/2016/03/nothing-to-sneeze-at
 

Current projects, input welcome:  meaningful souvenir hunting worldwide, camp and RV cooking,  lifestyle features for people who live full-time on the go in a boat or RV, travel the Florida Panhandle, family travel for people who live in South Florida. 

 Janet Groene Bio
A paid, freelance journalist since the age of 12, Janet Groene (GRAYnee) was a junior high school student when the local weekly newspaper hired her as a stringer. More than two dozen books and thousands of magazine features later, Janet is a full-time writer whose lance remains free.

Groene began freelancing in earnest as a way to work at home and choose her own hours when her husband, Gordon, was a professional pilot. While still in their young 30's the couple sold everything, bought a sailing sloop and left cold winters behind. For ten years, the Groenes were happily homeless, sailing the tropics in winter and summering in their fully self-contained, 21-foot diesel RV.

It soon became clear that Janet’s writing and Gordon’s photography could sustain them in a new career as professional travelwriters. When assignments began taking them all over the world to write about sailing and powerboating they sold their boat and settled in Florida. They still have the RV. Gordon’s health keeps him closer to home now so, when they aren’t traveling in the RV, Janet travels alone now on her many assignments.



Recent credits: 
 From the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel newspaper, website and one of its magazines, South Florida Parenting, published online and in hard copy:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/south-florida-parenting/travel/sfp-travel-labor-day-fun-20140725-story.html

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/south-florida-parenting/sfp-make-lasting-memories-this-labor-day-20150731-story.html


Family Motor Coaching magazine every month, Houseboat Magazine each issue.  Weekly blogs. Book in progress on provisioning a camper, boat, cabin, home with food storage.Scroll down for links to other recent pieces.


  Janet Groene is an Active Member of:
American Society of Journalists and Authors
Boating Writers International
Society of American Travel Writers


Janet Groene Writing Awards
1st Place, Best Consumer-Oriented Online Article ACC/SATW;
Distinguished Achievement in RV Journalism Award;
NMMA Director’s Award (with Gordon Groene);
Parenting Publications of America Gold Award for Travel Writing
Many others


Janet Groene’s Ongoing Columns

Cooking on the Go,  Family Motor Coaching magazine
Family Travel, South Florida Parenting magazine and e-zine
Full-timer’s Primer, Family Motor Coaching magazine
Living Aboard, Houseboat magazine

Frequent contributor to  Forever Young, Southbound, Empty Nest and other Canadian publications. Groene features are syndicated worldwide by Featurewell.


To see Groene Books available at Amazon.com
Go to http://tinyurl.com/59t43c

Groene books 

2016 (May) Survival Food Handbook (McGraw-Hill) 
2013: America's 100 Best Places to Retire (contributor) 
Past:
Cooking on the Go,Grosset and Dunlap,
hardback
Cooking on the Go, Grosset and Dunlap,
paperback
Living Aboard Your Recreational Vehicle,
David McKay, hardback
The Galley Book, David McKay hardback Cooking on the Go,
Sail Books, hardback
Limericks to FlyBy,
Botebooks
How to Live Aboard a Boat,
Hearst, hardback
Living Aboard Your Recreational Vehicle,
ICS Books, Inc.
Cooking on the Go ,
Hearst
Dressing Ship, How to Furnish, Refurbish and Accessorize Your Boat,
Hearst , hardback
Living Aboard Your RV
Ragged Mountain Press (Division of McGraw-Hill Company) Cooking Aboard Your RV Ragged Mountain Press
Country Roads of Ohio
Country Roads Press/McGraw-Hill
ABCs of Boat Camping
Sheridan House
Natural Wonders of Ohio,
Country Roads Press
Florida Under Sail ,
Country Roads Press
The Cockpit Companion,
Jones Publishing, Inc.
Country Roads of Ohio,
Country Roads Press/McGraw-Hill
52 Florida Weekends,
Country Roads Press/McGraw-Hill
Natural Wonders of Georgia ,
Country Roads Press
The Drive for Independence,
Crescent Hill Books, hardback coffee table book
Complete Idiot’s Guide to Walt Disney World and Orlando,
Alpha Books
U.S. Caribbean,
Open Road Publishing
 Creating Comfort Afloat , Bristol Fashion Publications
Romantic Weekends Central and Northern Florida,
Hunter Publishing, Inc.
Great Eastern RV Trips,
Ragged Mountain Press
Florida Guide,
Open Road Publishing
Living Aboard,
Bristol Fashion Publications
Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, 2nd Ed.
Open Road Publishing
Caribbean Guide, 3rd Ed. Open Road Publishing
Camping Digest ,
Krause Publications
Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands 3rd Ed.
Open Road Publishing
Living Aboard Your RV, 3rd Ed..
Ragged Mountain Press/McGraw-Hill
Day Trips from Orlando,
Globe-Pequot Press
Romantic Weekends Central and Northern Florida, 2nd Ed.
Hunter Publishing, Inc.
Fantastic Discounts and Deals for Anyone Over 50,
Cold Spring Press
Cooking Aboard Your RV, 2nd Ed.
Ragged Mountain Press
Caribbean Guide, 4th Ed.
Open Road Publishing
Personal Paradise: Caribbean,
Open Road
Personal Paradise: Florida ,
Open Road
Living Aboard Your RV, 4th Edition, Ragged Mountain Press division of McGraw-Hill
Books to which Janet Groene contributed
Fisher’s World, Bahamas; Nelles Guides Florida; Nelles Guide, The Caribbean Greater Antilles; AndrĂ© Gayot’s Best of Florida ; Nelles Guides The Caribbean, Lesser Antilles; Experts’ Book of Hints, Tips and Everyday Wisdom,
Rodale Books, hardback
America’s Best Places to Retire, Vacation Publications, multiple editions beginning
Sailors’ Secrets, Advice from the Masters, International Marine Publishing
Reader’s Digest Ask the Experts.


Janet Groene Memberships
American Society of Journalists and Authors
Boating Writers International
Society of American Travel Writers


Janet Groene Writing Awards

1st Place, Best Consumer-Oriented Online Article ACC/SATW;
Distinguished Achievement in RV Journalism Award;
NMMA Director’s Award (with Gordon Groene);
Parenting Publications of America Gold Award for Travel Writing
Many others


Janet Groene’s Ongoing Columns
Cooking on the Go in Family Motor Coaching magazine
Family Travel in South Florida Parenting magaine, e-zine
Living Aboard,  Houseboat magazine

Frequent contributor to Tribune publications including South Florida Parenting and Canada's Metroland publications. Groene features are syndicated worldwide by Featurewell.


Links:
 Chapter in annual Florida guide, see
http://www.floridatravelguide.travel/pages/articles/2015/northwest2015.php

Forever Young, Canada, http://foreveryoungnews.com/search?terms=groene&commit=

 South Florida Parenting, Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (also see current issues)
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/south-florida-parenting/sfp-may-digital-issue-2014,0,3940390.blurb


February 21, 2014 issue of South Florida Parenting/Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel,
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/south-florida-parenting/newsletter/sfp-five-fabulous-florida-campgrounds-for-kids-new-to-camping-20140221,0,7748871.story

See Janet Groene's camping cuisine posts on the Active Network at

Recent credits: Family Motor Coaching magazine every month, Houseboat Magazine each issue.  Weekly blogs. Book in progress on provisioning a camper, boat, cabin, home with food storage.

Writing samples: (Hard copy by request)
http://www.southerntravelnews.com/NewsRelease.aspx?NewsId=939

  http://www.cityandshore.com/features/travel/travel-winter-getaways/  

traveler.southernhospitalitymagazine.com/places_story.php?id=19
 

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/queenb/sfl-trip-and-treat-take-mom-on-a-mothers-day-getaway-20130418,0,4150273.story


  Janet Groene is an Active Member of:
American Society of Journalists and Authors
Boating Writers International
Society of American Travel Writers