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The Two Ryans

Written by Ryan S on Sunday, 14 July 2013 15:27.

It's hard to say when the idea of Do Florida Right first materialized, but the unofficial start was probably around December in the year of our Lord 2012. It was a particularly long and arduous year of teaching 4th grade Math and Science for me, Ryan S., and I began my yearly pondering for my next career. The outdoors, on the water, lots of money, staying right where I was in Florida, and lots of free time were all high on the priority list, narrowing the options down to exactly nothing. A doctor? Too much studying. A lawyer? Ditto. A boat captain? Not enough experience. A firefighter? Too hot. Web designer? Already tried that, and no thanks(spare me the obvious irony here).  A marine biologist? No real opportunities to make money and not a whole lot of jobs. I consider myself something of a jack of all trades, master of none, which as it turns out doesn't help you make a career choice any better. 

Believing that there had to be something, I began to think about things that didn't exist yet. The idea was hazy at first, and I was unsure of how to make it work. I spent 6 months refining my ideas, limitations, realistic possibilities, and eventually, as with most things, the idea faded away. Out of sight, out of mind, I suppose. It wasn't until the following summer was half over, and the inevitable eventuality of school/work returning was on the horizon that I was forced back to reality. Revamping the idea slightly, I typed up a business outline and bought a domain. As soon as I started building the site, the ideas flowed like the salmon of Capistrano and I began building content. The best way to build content? Get off my ass and go see the best of everything uniquely Southwest Florida and document the daylights out of it. 

My wife and parents loved the idea, but then again, they have to. I told a few people, but even I had trouble articulating exactly what I wanted to do. It wasn't until the idea was pitched to Ryan Y., the nature lover and Florida biologist, that somebody shared my vision. Right from the start, the ideas came fast and furious. There were dozens of locations we had to go visit, hundreds of pages that needed to be developed, and countless hours that needed to be dedicated to the cause. With the inclusion of Ryan Y, more work was accomplished in the first 24 hours than the 6 months prior. I don't think either of us slept that first night.

The first step? Canoe the Imperial River from Bonita Grande Rd. to Old 41 in Bonita Springs. Click here to learn about that trip. 

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