Now and again, we’re provided free admission, free lodging, and sometimes even free transportation to visit places to write about. (Free food doesn’t happen often!) It’s a norm of our business, since getting reimbursed for the expenses of travel research is a rare thing indeed. We don’t, however, let these perks color our coverage. We tell it as we see it – or leave it out of the book (or article) altogether if we think you won’t enjoy it.
And yes, we really DO hike the hikes, ride the bike trails, and paddle the paddling trails. It’s what we do. Once in a rare while we ask a trusted, experienced colleague for a writeup about a particular trail or outdoor experience. Those articles will be filed under that person’s name as an author. Otherwise, 98% of the content on this website came from the two of us, based on actual experiences in Florida’s outdoors.
As freelance writers scraping together a living from many little scraps, we do try and make money from this website. Once in a rare while, we’ll be asked to write a little something for pay. You’ll see the words “sponsored post” in the tag if we do, and we’ll mention our sponsors in the post. We are sometimes asked to review products that are sent to us at no cost. We are sure we make you aware that the manufacturer reached out to us and asked us to review the product and provided it to us. We receive income from click-throughs as well, also known as affiliate links. For instance, if you click on a book cover image and end up on Bookshop (an independent alternative to Amazon that we, as authors, prefer) or Amazon.com, they pay us a little something above the buck or so we earn in royalties on each book. Some affiliates pay us a little percentage of the overall sale if you buy something from them through the links we provide.
Note the emphasis on the word “little.” 😉
Having established this website in 2006, we are finally (14 years later) covering the costs of doing research and posting new places to explore thanks to our advertising partners. This is not a nonprofit effort, although it felt like it for a long time. But we have volunteered for and financially support many nonprofits that help keep Florida’s outdoors a pleasant place to play, and will continue to do so as long as we are Florida residents.
Thanks for visiting, and remember – a day in the woods always beats a day in the office!