By Christine Sansbury
Pink Camo Adventures is an outdoor adventure group started by three sisters. They are an energetic trio that bring a multi-faceted approach to helping others explore nature. Cynthia, the environmental scientist; Diane, with her business saavy; and Cheryl, the certified teacher, all take individuals and groups on outdoor excursions.
The three sisters encourage people, especially groups of woman and children, to connect with the natural environment and each other through outdoor experiences such as camping, field outings, workshops, and social events.
The sisters watch as their participants gain confidence after being taught to positively identify poison ivy or light a fire with a flint and steel. Understanding the outdoors removes the fear. Seeing that confidence and excitement in their clients is what keeps Cheryl, Cynthia and Diane wanting to do more.
As Florida natives, the ladies of Pink Camo were inspired by the Florida women that came before them like the three Marjories: Stoneman Douglas, Kinnan Rawlings & Harris Carr, who are often called the women who saved Florida. They used their writing and political connections to let everyone know how special this seemingly unforgiving territory is. Today women like Mallory Lykes Dimmit of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition and Nanette O’Hara of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program work tirelessly for their passion- Florida. It is amazing and inspiring to Pink Camo Adventures that throughout history so many proponents for Florida have been women. Especially since Florida can be unforgiving; hot weather, lightning, hurricanes, venomous snakes, alligators, mosquitoes, and bugs...lots of bugs.
Cheryl, Diane and Cynthia gave FabFlorida.com the inside scoop on why they know Florida is fabulous.
WHY DO YOU THINK FLORIDA IS FAB?
We appreciate living in Florida when we step outside on crisp winter mornings. Whether we are in our yards or walking in the woods, the cold air brings a quiet stillness to the natural world. Nothing beats the excitement of a chance wildlife encounter like seeing a deer dart across your path or spying a well camouflaged barred owl.
FAVORITE FLORIDA SPOT
Up near Tallahassee, you are within a stone’s throw of Torreya State Park, Falling Water’s State Park and Florida Caverns State Park. A lot of people don’t know we have hills, waterfalls and caverns in Florida.
We love Brooker Creek Preserve. It is an oasis in the most densely populated county in the state.
Juniper Springs Recreation Area is one of our favorite places to camp. You can swim in the spring, or soak in beauty of the blue water and sand boils that remind you that the springs are “alive”. Juniper Run is a canoe trail that offers an amazing seven-mile journey through clear and then tannic waters, stained by centuries of leaves to look like southern sweet tea.
FAVORITE FLORIDA PRODUCTS
Sawyer Products in Safety Harbor. They have a line of lightweight, durable water filtration systems that are perfect for backpacking or for your emergency hurricane kit. Their other must-have products include insect repellents, sun block, and first aid items.
Pictures courtesy of Pink Camo Adventures unless otherwise noted.