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Creating a Miniature Garden Terrarium with Succulents (Plant City, FL)

June 9, 2018 |

I wouldn’t call myself a gardener or claim to have a green thumb. I’ve never touched soil in my life. Honestly, I was gifted succulents once before as a house warming gift and unfortunately, they died. One of the plants that needs minimal maintenance died. “Hi, my name is Maya and I have killed succulents…” I imagine saying at an – I Suck at Gardening Group. I spotted an Instagram announcement (@parkesdale) about a Terrarium Workshop. Thought to myself, “This is where the tides change. I will put my best foot forward and give succulents another go.” Read More

Video: Learning to Make Fire for the First Time

June 3, 2018 | 1

Bill found two survival items while cleaning out his office: #1: Magnesium Flint keychain and #2: P38 (emergency can opener). Then, a lightbulb went off in his head. He remember how we experienced an Epic Fail in making fire while on safari in South Africa. It was as good a time as any to learn for future nature and wildlife adventures. See how he did with alittle imagination. Read More

Review: Croc Encounters – Reptile Park and Wildlife Center (Tampa, Florida)

June 3, 2017 |

Croc Encounters is a non-profit conservation and educational facility that provides a sanctuary to unwanted reptiles. On a Saturday morning, we drove 25-minutes from home to enjoy some time with the reptile world. It was a self-guided tour where we were given some turtle food and the opportunity to take a picture with a 3-ft to 4-ft baby gator. Read More

Explore Hawaii: DJI Mavic Drone Footage – Surfing Our Home Break

February 17, 2017 |

Only my 5th time playing around with my new DJI Mavic mustering up the courage to fly it over water. The Mavic isn’t waterproof. Before this day, I’ve been immersing myself watching drone video how-to’s on YouTube. Read More

Explore Hawaii: Hiking in West Oahu from the DJI Mavic Drone’s Perspective

February 16, 2017 |

My 4th go with the drone, as I learn to fly the DJI Mavic. This time, we set off on a short hike up the beautiful mountains of Oahu where we had shelter from the sun in a shallow cave. … Read More

Boating: First Time Snorkeling around the Underwater Pipe at Electric Beach

January 3, 2017 |

Having a cousin who grew up in Oahu but currently lives in Washington, he showed us one of his favorite places to snorkel in West Oahu. Jumping aboard our 20-foot motorized Mako 204cc, we head out exploring for spinner dolphins and humpback whales to allow the sun comes up and warm us all up. We arrived where the local power plant was visible about 100 yards from the beach area. But what lies beneath… underneath the water are two giant cooling pipes that pump warm water out. The flowing water is more than strong enough send you doing underwater cartwheels but I called it the “Underwater Pipe Elevator.” Enjoy the video.

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Explore Hawaii: Hiking – Video Highlights of 2016

December 31, 2016 |

January 1st, 2016 was my official commitment to hike more in life while living in Oahu. By December 31, 2016, I had 29 hikes under my belt ranging from beginner to advanced hikes. At this point, I’ve only been able to put together 3 videos in this post but many references to my hiking journal photo albums.

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Journal: Birding – Java Finches Captured by GoPro

October 10, 2016 |

An advantage of having a house with palm trees is buying a bird feeder. How lovely is it to have your morning coffee, listening and watching the birds. Bird food with a GoPro strapped to the tree and you’ve got yourself a show. Enjoy! Read More

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