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April 7-23, Clearwater Beach FLORIDA
Internationally known sand sculptors come to the sugar sands of Clearwater Beach April 7-23 to craft masterful pieces that will soon be gone with the wind and waves. It's an art show like no other. Each year more than 200,000 visitors come to watch artists at work.
VIP tickets allow fast entrance, an air conditioned lounge and complimentary beverages. See sugarsandfestival.com for hours and discount information for military, police, etc.
May 26-28, White Springs FLORIDA
The Florida Folk Festival is three jubilant days packed with music, demonstrations of old-time crafts and skills, arts booths, vendors, food, dancing, storytelling and campfires.
Camp or lodge at Stephen Foster State Park and bring your own fiddle or banjo to join the pop-up groups that get together informally for pure down-home, toe-tapping merriment. See floridastateparks.org/floridafolk festival
ACROSS THE USA, APRIL 8, 2024
APRIL IS A BEAUTIFUL SPRINGTIME MONTH IN the southern USA. On April 8, 2024, a solar eclipse sweeps a 123-mile-long swath SW to NE,Texas, through Maine and eastern Canada. The sun will be blocked in this area for about 4 1/2 hours. Reserve your campsite or hotel now roughly from from Texarkana through Hot Springs and Little Rock northward to Pocahontas for a good view and the best in springtime weather.
Florida’s “modern troubadour”, Gamble Rogers, is remembered at the annual Gamble Rogers Folk Festival, to be held April 14-16 at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, Elkton, Florida. Music plays on four stages. Food trucks, artisans, crafters and children’s activities povide a full day every day. The famous Shriners Fish Fry is back on Friday night. Separate tickets are required for the festival, camping and the fish fry. Details at
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BE PREPARED FOR FOOD SHORTAGES, EMERGENCIES, HARD TIMES and MORE INFLATION AT HOME and AWAY
RISING FOOD COSTS? Supply chain broken? Riots and looting? Power outages? Money crisis? Survival Food Handbook is an easy guide to food preparedness and it's NOT about tasteless, high-priced dehydrated foods that people put away and forget.
Written for sailors and campers who have limited storage space, the book shops the supermarket for familiar, affordable, everyday food staples with a long shelf life. Read how to evaluate, plan, rotate, stow and prepare foods without refrigeration or with limited stove fuel or minimum water. You'll use it at home and away, indoors and outdoors and in emergencies of all kinds. Kindle or paperback, https://amzn.to/2PvOBbx
AVOID THESE CITIES?
According to StressFreeCarRental.com, the Top Ten congested cities in the USA are New York, Washington, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago Baltimore, Seattle, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Miami. The average time to travel six miles in each ranges from 24.3 minutes in New York to 14.3 minutes in Miami. The average speed in rush hour ranges from 12 mph in NYC to 21 mph in Miami.
Bucket List Alert! Hike or bicycle (trail pass required) the 34-mile-long Sparta-Elroy State Trail in Wisconsin winter or summer, when temperatures inside the long, dark, hand-dug tunnels stay the same temperature ( in the 50's and 60's) all year. It’s said to be the oldest rail-trail conversion in the United States. The railroad opened here in 1873. Campgrounds are found in small communities along the way.
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RARE TRIBAL ARTS ON SHOW
An exhibit of the vibrant works of the late Jimmy Osceola at the Seminole Tribe’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum in Clewiston, Florida will run through the end of March. The museum features rare artifacts and lifelike dioramas depicting Seminole Indian culture. Osceola, a revered Seminole artist, died in 2021.
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FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL SITES IN 2023
Remaining dates for free admission to national parks, historic sites and memorials will be
April 22 – First Day of National Park Week
August 4 – Great American Outdoors Day
September 23 – National Public Lands Day
November 11 – Veterans Day
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Parlez-vous Caribbean? Love sailing stories? Travel the islands vicariously with fictional widow Farley Halladay in this poignant, funny series of cozy mystery e-books set on sea and shore. Kindle, Nook, Google Play are ideal for space-saving reads at home and away. Start anywhere in the salty , six-book series, January Justice through June Jeopardy. https://amzn.to/31uR1wr
ROAD SCHOLAR's Floating Classroom
S/V Golden Horizon is the latest “floating classroom” in the nonprofit Road Scholar program. Eight new programs for 2023 include a voyage across the Mediterranean from Greece to Sicily, Malta, Sardinia and Spain. A replica of the 1913 posh yacht France II, the ship has three pools, five bars, a library, spa, gym, formal dining room, restaurant and ocean views in every spacious, luxurious cabin.
Full disclosure: the ship has no elevator and shore excursions involve walking several miles at a time. Rates are commensurate with the high falutin’ cruising provided by Tradewinds Voyages. See more at https://www.roadscholar.org/
JUST ADD SALT to your travels with author Farley Halladay's news and cues for boaters, sailors, charterers, cruisers and all who love life on or near the water. https://farleyhalladay.blogspot.com
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PROGRAM FOR TRAVEL
"Be Prepared" in TRAVEL, ROAD TRIPS, CAMPING, VACATION RENTALS, GLAMPING, BOATING, CRUISING means readiness for many emergencies when you're far from home. You might run out of food or water or money, or be hit with "shelter in place" or "mandatory evacuation" order. Survival Food Handbook is written just for travelers, tiny home owners, campers and boaters who have limited storage space.
This book is about familiar, affordable supermarket staples, not those high-priced doomsday dehydrates. It's about making every ounce, dollar and cubic inch count. Kindle or paperback https://amzn.to/3mIfryC