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Wild Red on the Gulf..

What you will find here

Explorations of Florida’s gulf coast and gulf coast living from the point of view of a small family on a budget.  Enjoy photos and events from all over St Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, Safety Harbor, Tampa, and many other areas.  Capture a piece of paradise every day from a different perspective.

Why Wild Red?

I’m Pennsylvanian born and raised with a wild heart always looking for the best adventures to fill our lives with forever memories. Most of my life was spent exploring the mountains and I found a way up and into every one I passed.  Digging in the mud for frogs and snakes is no bother and I am no stranger to pushing myself those extra 5 miles up a mountain to complete a 14 mile hike in record time.  Outside of the traditional four walls is where I feel most at home.

My life has been spent loving it fully through good times and bad while often outdoors on hiking, biking and other adventures. Nature steals my heart every time and is the very reason I began studying to be a photographer. Every photo I take ends up being a piece of something I love enough to hold onto and there are so many things in life to fall in love with.

Faith, family, actively living, and simplicity are my foundations and many of the other pieces of what I love will come through in articles and photographs here on the Wild Red blog. My hope is that through your visit you’ll fall in love with the beauty in your life and want to capture it as much as we do and maybe even get inspired to spend more active time together as a family.  Grab a little piece of the wild life for yourself.

I am so grateful to all who have taken time to visit and read!  Thank you and don’t hesitate to share your stories, adventures, and thoughts with us as well.

Mandy- Wild Red

Questions?  Email me today!  Mandy@Wild-Red.com

49 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for stopping by and liking my post. I thought it ironic that you moved from Pennsylvania to the Gulf Coast, and I moved from the Gulf Coast to NE Indiana. I love your pictures, especially any that have water in them. I love my Indiana home, but I do miss the Gulf. There’s something about the salt air and crashing waves that can calm and take away all worries. I’ll be checking back for a Gulf fix. 😉

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  2. I have enjoyed reading and looking around here at your articles and photos and also the website. As a Floridian, it tickles me to see how happy you are and that you refer to the Gulf Coast where you are as paradise. My father in law a true Florida native always used that term and felt he was living in paradise here in South Florida.

    I see you are exploring the Gulf Coast which I love. Being east it is generally a planned excursion or a business meeting which will bring me to your part of the state. But, I thought I’d mention some places on the Gulf that I have enjoyed visiting as you explore. These are places where I have enjoyed photography and/or some adventures: Matlacha (Caloosa Indian word meaning ‘water to the chin’..or ankle or knee depending on which local you talk too!!, Steinhatchee..still has lots of old Florida, St Marks..wonderful lighthouse setting on a salt marsh and is a Wildlife refuge. There is also Cedar Key. If you haven’t visited Clyde Butcher’s gallery you should. He is one of the foremost black and white fine art nature photographers there is–of the Glades and of our national parks. He has a Gallery in Venice, FL as well as the one in Ochopee. Venice is where his dark room is though and much to see when they do demonstrations.

    Just few things anyway. I have always found the Gulf side has lots of old Florida left even though it is disappearing as everything does modernize.

    Thanks for visiting me and the follow. Rookery Bay is on the Gulf too around Naples and Marco…also interesting places to wander around.

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  3. Glad you stumbled upon my blog so that I could do the same for yours. As a fellow Gulf Coaster from Pinellas County, I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog. I’ve been here nearly 8 years, but I’d be interesting in finding new places in our area that so far have been unknown to me.

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  4. Mandy, Thank you for looking in on Renaissance Musings and Liking my “Anhinga Tree.” Have you seen my other Gulf Coast blogs on camping near Pensacola and Apalachicola?

    Looking forward to perusing your site.

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  5. Thanks for the follow! I grew up on the East coast side of central FL; we vacationed in St. Pete/Tampa only once, but I remember the beaches were beautiful. And I loved the Dali museum! Your pictures really take me back to the Florida I miss.

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  6. Love the Gulf Coast. I have visited 9 times since 1997. My first time was in 1975 as a 15 year old, and then I brought my own family back in 1997.
    I returned again in 2008, and have come back every year since. In 2011, I took a year off, and spent a month.
    Thanks for liking my Gulf post. I’ll be following you now Wild Red.

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  7. Thanks for visiting my blog. You sound like a girl after my own heart. You’re into photography/ I write mystery adventure novels. You live on Florida’s gulf coast, so do I. You’re a redhead, so am I (though I dislike the term ginger. You’re an outdoors woman, so am I. However, I suspect you’re a might younger than me. I look forward to reading about your adventures.

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  8. Nice to meet you Mandy! We lived in Tampa over 27 yrs ago – hubby was Army but stationed at MacDill. Loved looking through your pictures they brought back many happy memories. We are back home in PA now, in the mountains – Williamsport. Where from PA did you consider home before making the move to Florida? Although we loved going to the beach at Christmas, decorating our tree in shorts and laughing at the snow reports from back home, we are both mountaineers – although the ocean does us call back every now and then!!

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    • Nice to meet you Patty😊. I too will always have a piece of my heart in the mountains! We lived outside of the Harrisburg/Hershey area right at the base of a beautiful mountain. I’m so happy to haven’t brought forth good memories for you!!


  9. Mandy –

    I am a recent transplant to the Tampa Bay Area and loving it 🙂 I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area. Mr. Craves and I recently lived in the Sierras Out West for 11 years and traveled, adventured and explored NV, CA, AZ, ID, OR, WA, HI, MT, and WY. It was a blast of an adventure! I am loving the nature, water and green spaces in my new home town – so much to see and do and a lot of it is FREE too – gotta love that. Thanks for reaching out to me and my blog and welcoming me to the area. Cannot wait to see what we both get up too around here 🙂

    Happy Exploring!

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  10. Thanks for dropping by!

    Although I am on the east side of our state, I do come over to surf and visit my sister who lives right across the causeway from IRB in Seminole. We love to explore the area and maybe I will pick up something from your site to pass on to her to check out.

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  11. You blog looks great, Mandy.  I don’t know why I never checked it out before, since I always enjoyed your comments on Dizzy Lizzie’s blog.

    Thanks for following my blog! I hope if you can find the time that you will stop by my page called “Reasons to Smile” and leave a comment. It’s a list of things people are thankful for, just to encourage each other. I’d love to hear your thoughts!


      • Comfort zones rob us of adventures😊. Just moving here was way above my comfort zone and I loved every moment. I recommend St Pete’s downtown area and waterside any time of the day and year. Indian rocks and Indian shores beaches as well as sand key in Clearwater. Also check out Dunedin 😊

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      • Thank you!! Now I have more to add to my Florida bucket list! lol. I’m from Jersey so I completely understand how different the lifestyle is here. I appreciate all the suggestions! Just looked up Indian Rocks Beach and I can already envision a perfect lazy day there! 🙂


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