DFR Exploration Blog

This page was created to chronicle our progress with the site build and detail the ins, outs, ups, and downs of traversing Southwest Florida to bring you the best of the best. 


New Pass Night Time Tarpon

Written by Ryan S on Sunday, 01 June 2014 19:48.

June 2014 was only about 20 minutes old when the first tarpon of the season decided to eat a half of a ladyfish dancing around on the bottom of New Pass in Bonita Springs. The initial plan was to take out my buddy Mike on my old 15 foot skiff and do some shark fishing around the beaches, but we generally were set up for any big fish that wanted to wander on by--shark, grouper, monster snook, or even tarpon.


Peace River Canoe Camping Trip

Written by Ryan S on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 01:23.

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The DoFloridaRight crew made our way from Zolfo Springs the Canoe Outpost at Gardner, a 19.2 mile paddle spread out over two days. Making the trip in late April afforded us some very low water which did make for good fishing and easy fossil hunting, but slowed us down to a crawl any time we weren’t actively paddling. We were able to find nice big sandy banks for setting up camp with relative ease, although the good ones are few and far between.  The bugs were negligible, but we were prepared for the worst just in case the deer flies, mosquitoes, and no-see-ums decided to grace us with their presence. We paddled about 5 hours on the first day and 4 hours on the second, with the first of the two having many more breaks. 


What's on the DFR radar?

Written by Ryan S on Thursday, 10 April 2014 23:22.

If you're playing along at home, you may have noticed that Do Florida Right is devoid of advertising, banners, or sneaky highlighted words that make you click the link when you didn't want to. As such, we are also devoid of any sort of Do Florida Right revenue. Also as such, things have been moving slowly on the "Get out there and explore SWFL" front due to my full time job--teaching. However, worry not, there is more coming. 


New Window Decals Have Arrived!

Written by Ryan S on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 23:47.

The new window decals have arrived! If you want to show the world that you know how to Do Florida Right, slap one of these bad boys on your rear windshield and watch the masses admire. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you'd like one. There's no cost unless you'd like to make a donation to the Do Florida Right doing Florida right fund, which funds more awesome trips, adventures, and stickers. T-shirts are also forthcoming, so if you'd like to get on the waiting list for that, do the same.



Just a Nice Weekend

Written by Ryan S on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 00:27.

Every now and again, you just need to share some of the things you've done or photos you've taken. Here it goes:


Everglades City Seafood Festival

Written by Ryan S on Sunday, 09 February 2014 18:37.

Every February, the tiny island of Everglades City which sports a population of only 400 full time residents swells to more than 10 times that as people from all over the world come to the Everglades City Seafood Festival. Cars back up for miles to fight for prime parking wherever they can find it on the barely more than 1 sq. mile gateway to the Glades. Fish have sustained the Everglades City population for more than a century from finding to catching to eating, and the Seafood Festival is further evidence of that. Mobile restaurants pop up everywhere and vendors from all over the state fight to sell everything from hand made hand bags to hand cut metallic sculptures, elk jerky to gator on a stick. While all of the food may not be caught in local waters, the knowledgeable Floridian knows where to find the smoked mullet, stone crabs, and deep fried gator. 

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