Archive for category: Family and Friends

Bobcat Out Back

14 Dec
December 14, 2018
Bobcat behind home in residential neighborhood
Here Kitty, Kitty! My wife photographed this beautiful bobcat behind our home from inside the safety of our screened porch. The bobcat came and sat on our outdoor porch and pergola next to the grill. Guess my burgers must be pretty good!

Fish On!

28 Jul
July 28, 2018

Big Mahi

Fun day fishing with my brother-in-law, Capt. Trey and his buddies off Cocoa Beach.

Sailfish

This was my catch on the day- a beautiful sailfish that we released.

Giant Mahi

Man, that Mahi was big! Trey, holding up the giant.

Payne’s Prairie

23 Apr
April 23, 2018

I recently took a trip to Payne’s Prairie to hang out with my oldest daughter, Kendall, for Dad / Daughter weekend with her sorority at the University of Florida. Kendall and I decided to go for a hike in this spectacular state park and came across a lot of wildlife (although we didn’t run into any wild horses or bison -yes, bison- that live in the park). Nonetheless, it was an awesome time adventuring with my daughter, who’s always up for exploring with me.

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Springtime in Hartsville, SC

23 Apr
April 23, 2018

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Hazy Shade of Winter

27 Dec
December 27, 2017

A old dock on a lake in the early morning in Tavares, FL

A chilly late December morning in Tavares, Fl.

‘Merica

27 Dec
December 27, 2017

corn silos on a farm in Hartsville, South Carolina

Golden afternoon in the cornfields of Hartsville, South Carolina

Jack Johnson, St Augustine Amphitheater, Bad Fish, 2017

27 Dec
December 27, 2017

Here’s some bad cell phone footage of Jack Johnson on his recent (2017) stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheater in St. Augustine, Florida (Sorry, I was too busy watching and listening to try and film him!) Fantastic concert, as always! Here’s Jack doing a cover of Sublime’s Bad Fish and Boss DJ.

Willy Wonka’s Cane Sugar Syrup Factory in Middendorf, SC

27 Dec
December 27, 2017

The Blizzard Branch Syrup company in Middendorf, South Carolina makes pure cane sugar syrup using fresh cut sugar cane and a hand press. Sugar cane goes in. Sweet stuff comes out. Then it’s off to be strained boiled and strained again. Willy Wonka has nothing on these guys! I’m pretty sure this is where they recorded the sound effects for that movie, anyway. This is a great example of sustainable farming and agritourism. Interesting stuff! We had a good time romping around up there while visiting family in Hartsville, SC over the Thanksgiving holidays.

Navua River Rafting, Fiji

05 Feb
February 5, 2017

Navua River gorges

The gorges of the upper Navua River in the interior of Viti Levu, Fiji. This place was like the land that time forgot. I kept waiting for a T. Rex to pop up around every corner!

Livin’ in the City by the Dead 27’s

30 Dec
December 30, 2016

 

Here’s one more unplugged acoustic cover from the Dead 27’s. This one is Stevie Wonder’s ’74 classic, “Livin’ in the City”. Again, you can’t really even try to tackle a song like this one on unless you’ve got a lot of soul in you. These guys do.

Little Red Corvette by Dead 27s

30 Dec
December 30, 2016

 

Here’s a couple of more great tunes for you! If you want to catch a fantastic up-and-coming band, check out the Dead 27s (named for all of the famous musicians who died at age 27 including Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin, among others). They’re based out of Charleston, SC where they recently won Rock Band of the Year and Best Rock Song for the area. Their sound is a mix of rock, funk and soul. They’ve put out a couple of albums, the most recent being Ghosts Are Calling, which represents their first major record deal. They’ll be touring to support that album this year.

Will Evans, their lead guitarist, keyboardist and harmony vocalist is a great guy who is marrying my wife’s cousin, Amanda. We get to see both of them up on the Chapman family farm in Hartsville, SC each year, which I’ve written about here before. I’m excited for both of them. I’m sure 2017 is going to be an epic year for Will and Amanda in many ways!

The Dead 27s have an active Facebook page where they regularly post unplugged acoustic music videos. I’m going to post a couple of their fantastic covers. Here’s Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” which they performed as a tribute shortly after the Purple One’s passing. This is Will and lead singer, Trey Francis. I don’t know too many people who could pull this song off. You’ve just got to have a lot of soul to be able to do it. These guys have got it! I’ll post one more after this showcasing the entire band tackling Stevie Wonder. It’s also pretty amamzing! Enjoy, and make sure to check ’em out!

Fun with Fire

27 Dec
December 27, 2016

Fun with Fire

Thanksgiving Bonfire

27 Dec
December 27, 2016

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Nothing’s better than a good bonfire! Just ask these kids!

A peek at the fun from our recent annual trip up to farm country in Hartsville, SC at Thanksgiving! Roasting hot dogs on a stick and making s’mores is always on the agenda here. Good times!

Coming in Fast

27 Dec
December 27, 2016

Zipline Judo Kick

The Zoo Crew

27 Dec
December 27, 2016

zipliners

Good times with this daring crew of ladies, who are always up for some new form of adventure (in this case, ziplining through the Appalachians near Lake Lure, NC)!

Resting Place

03 Dec
December 3, 2016

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This beautiful stream is on the Gatlinburg side of the Great Smoky Mountain.

I recently took a trip to the Smoky Mountains with my brother Rob’s wife and daughters, her parents, and my own, to release some of my brother’s ashes into the Appalachians, up there. His 18-year-old daughter, Madison, found this perfect spot. This stream is on the Gatlinburg side of the Great Smoky Mountain. Fortunately, we made it up there just a few weeks before the deadly wildfires of this past week.

Rob, myself and our family used to travel up here every Christmas, to romp around around in the snow, hike the trails and go skiing. Like all of us, Rob loved it, and while his soul is with the Lord, I know he’d sure be happy with the returning of the ashes of his body to the earth, right here in this beautiful, peaceful setting that held so many great memories for our family. Rest in Peace, Rob. We love you, and will never forget you.

 

 

Trekkin’

03 Sep
September 3, 2016

PCH MOVIE

Whitewater Aftermath!

03 Sep
September 3, 2016

Whitewater Rafting Fun

The aftermath of our whitewater fun- frozen fits and giggles! Biggest waves I caught all summer, in a river in Cali!

Going… Going… Gone!

03 Sep
September 3, 2016

Whitewater Rafting, American River, Coloma , CA

“The brochure said Class III, I swear!!! Sorry girls!” : )

American River Fun

03 Sep
September 3, 2016

American River whitewater rafting

Kaelyn almost got tossed!

Whitewater Rafting, South Fork, American River

03 Sep
September 3, 2016

Whitewater rafting on the American River, Coloma, CA

What I love about my girls: they’re always up for anything! I just sign the waivers, tell them it’s safe and they don’t ask any questions. It’s great! Rafting on the American River in Coloma, CA east of Sacramento.

Nice and Calm, Right?…

03 Sep
September 3, 2016

South Fork, American River, California

Nice and calm, right? That’s what I thought up until this point… then just around that bend…

Santa Monica from Above

03 Sep
September 3, 2016

view from ferris wheel, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier

Nope, it’s not from a drone. It’s from the top of the ferris wheel in Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier!

Good Times

03 Sep
September 3, 2016

Dan

My good friend and former UF roommate, Dan Rudd. Dan hosted us for a few days in Santa Barbara on our recent trip out west. When I was 19, Dan and I, along with my younger brother, a friend of his and my dad went across country in two cars hitting a ton of national parks. All the way from Florida to Huntington Beach! We did the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, White Sands, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rushmore… More than I can remember over 2-3 weeks! There was no Instagram back then, but we took a coffee table book about national parks with us and in each park, we’d look at the photos and try to find the exact spots where the photographers shot from, to recreate them for comparison later. It was fun detective work. Dan said that trip changed his life and later helped prompt him to move out West (like several other of my close college friends). I’m a very happy third-gen native of (Jax) Florida, but do love it out there. So beautiful! Tomorrow is the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service, so a good time to reflect on some of those special places and good times.

A River Runs Through It

03 Sep
September 3, 2016

Pfeifer Big Sur State Park

Big Sur is big country. Everything is just… big. This shot of the river bed in Pfeifer State Park provides some scale.

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