Active Rain Challenge - Virtual Travel to Palm Harbor Florida

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Active Rain Challenge- Virtual Travel to Palm Harbor Florida


Gayle Rich-Boxman created a Active Rain Challenge during September where we have to choose a virtual place to live or travel to and our interest was developed and based on an  Active Rain members  blogging and/or  video’s of the area, town, recreational places, city, etc. .  My entry is Palm Harbor Florida and blogging and video’s which  developed my interest were created by Barbara Jo Roberts Berberi and her Beach Blog. Her main area of coverage  is much broader than just the Palm Harbor section of Florida.  


We have said for several years we would love to win the lottery and own two homes one in the hill country of Texas and the other near on the beautiful Northern California coast after we leave Katy TX. The hill country is necessary due to cost and tax considerations plus we would really enjoy living in the Texas Hill country. This of course is our dream as we would have to win a big lottery in order to experience  and live this dream out. The idea would be to live in Texas during the winter and live near the ocean during the miserable summer months.



When looking and reading all the different blogs about various areas and viewing numerous video’s,  Barbara Jo’s Palm Harbor and surrounding area has always stood out for me. The beaches, ocean, parks, wildlife, restaurants various interesting places and beautiful homes is what captivates me and gets my interest. Barbara Jo shows us scenes of her venturing out all over this entire area. Walking and experiencing the beautiful beach areas is one key aspect that always grabs my attention. Ideally one day we love to be able to get up in the morning and take a nice long walk on a beach and watch the sunrise.


Barbara Jo’s significant other Ronnie loves to fish and several of Barbara ’s blogs give all of us a great view of the ocean in her area plus wildlife as many times she takes pictures and or videos from Ronnie’s boat as they travel around the area via the water. So many cool places to see and visit it is hard to pick one or another as I have never actually been to this area. She also gets my interest when she tells about cooking the fish that Ronnie caught on any given day for dinner. We are foodies and love to eat fresh seafood.


Here is one of her video's :



There are numerous parks and other attractions to explore and enjoy as I have learned from Barbara Jo. One of these days we need to take some vacation time to explore all there is to see in the Palm harbor area. Thanks Barbara Jo or sharing all of these gorgeous places and sites with the rest of us.


I would have added several more pictures but these changes made to the blogging overnight have made it more difficult to add pictures right now. Maybe I will figure it out later. 

Active Rain Challenge- Virtual Travel to Palm Harbor Florida


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Kim Peasley-Parker
AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc. - Sumter, SC

She sure makes is sound very inviting!  

Sep 27, 2013 04:32 AM #1
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

OOOhhhhhh! Excellent choice. Love Barbara-Jo and have commented often telling her she has me putting Florida on the bucket list AGAIN!! BUY a home there and we will come visit! LOL!!

Sep 27, 2013 07:22 AM #2
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Thanks Kim and Joni for your comments. Barbara's Beach blog I agree is a very good choice. 

Sep 27, 2013 07:42 AM #3
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Nice choice Bob and I love how we all choose different places, for different reasons. It's the differences that make us interesting folks. ( At least that's my opinion).  
I have visited Florida and have family who live there - they love it. While it's not for me, I can see why it works so well for others. Barbara Jo does a great job of "selling" the lifestyle.

Sep 27, 2013 09:03 AM #4
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Bob, you picked a popular girl for this contest! Barbara-Jo happens to be one of the top contenders for most entries written about her in the Virtual Traveller contest. Maybe all of these ActiveRainers need to collaborate on a Florida meetup and make her host it--ha!!!

So glad you entered...I became a subscriber earlier in this contest because so many of you want to "virtually visit" her and her some fishing, lay the way, loved the video--it took me away from my torrents of rain that is outside my window right now.

Sep 27, 2013 09:53 AM #5
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Thank you so very much, Bob. I sincerely appreciate this shout out! If you and Yolanda ever make it this way, please let me know!!!! Ronnie and I would love to meet the two of you!

Sep 28, 2013 01:30 AM #6
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Nice plug for what does seem to be a great area. I too am having problems trying to figure out how to properly format photos in the new post controls. Anyone know how to make photos format right or left so the text runs along side?? cheers cvc

Sep 28, 2013 02:58 AM #7
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Thanks folks.. I really did not realize barbara Jo had already been picked by several folks for her virtually lifestyle. 

Sep 28, 2013 06:08 AM #8
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Bob-That was a great video and you sharing all the other info does make me want to visit there. Great job

Sep 30, 2013 09:33 AM #9
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

 Howdy and morning Bob

Bob my friend, this sure is an outstanding virtual travel blog post for Gayle's challenge!

Happiness sure is Homemade

Have a good one

Dale in New Hampshire

Oct 01, 2013 01:33 AM #10
Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Howdy there Bob my friend, I sure know that not only the mighty fine members of this here site, but also the mighty fine non-members of the site sure can always enjoy visiting your blog and enjoy finding and reading all kinds of helpful information. Your outstanding blog sure is for folks of all ages, which the info inside sure will help them in someway or another. This here blog post sure is one of those, which folks sure do appreciate you for posting for them to come along. Folks if you happen to be needing help with Real Estate, then you sure do want to be sure an take the time to talk with Bob and when you do, you'll sure find that he is the one which you will want to enjoy working along side of.

Apr 15, 2014 03:49 AM #11
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