6 Female Outdoorsmen Who Are More Badass Than Your Boyfriend

6 Female Outdoorsmen Who Are More Badass Than Your Boyfriend

There are some people who are just doing life right. They’re out in the world living their passions, doing what they love, and by virtue, are total badasses.

bad·ass
ˈbadˌas/ adjective

1. tough, uncompromising, or intimidating.

I put together a short list of women that epitomize the word, based solely on the fact that I follow them on Instagram and I say so.

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Your Comfort Zone is Holding You Hostage: Here's How to Break Free

Your Comfort Zone is Holding You Hostage: Here's How to Break Free

When I was 14, I got certified to scuba dive, but I never went.

At 28, I took a refresher course, bought the gear and decided it was time to try again. Never happened.

Eventually at 29, four days in the Florida Keys presented me the chance to finally take the plunge. I should've been excited, but I only felt unsettled. What if I'm attacked by a shark? What if I panic underwater and drown? What if I forget what to do?

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How First-Timers Do St. Augustine, FL: The Oldest City in the Nation

How First-Timers Do St. Augustine, FL: The Oldest City in the Nation

Are you really even American until you visit the first and oldest city in the United States? 

Sorry, New Englanders. Long before Jamestown and Plymouth Rock, there was a small, coastal settlement founded by Spanish admiral, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, in 1565.

The city is St. Augustine. The location is the northeast corner of Florida, just south of Jacksonville.

Like most stories of colonial conquistadors, this one entails a long history of bloody battles between European settlers, the Spanish and Native Americans.

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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HERITAGE ON THE BABCOCK RANCH ECO-TOUR

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HERITAGE ON THE BABCOCK RANCH ECO-TOUR

Somehow I breezed by in high school without giving my full academic effort. Yes, I admit good grades just came naturally (except for math). Many Florida high school students remember being assigned to read A Land Remembered - a historical novel by Patrick D. Smith set in the pioneer days of Florida. Of course, I never read it.

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CHARLESTON: LAND OF BBQ, BEER & LOWCOUNTRY BLUES

CHARLESTON: LAND OF BBQ, BEER & LOWCOUNTRY BLUES

Driving into West Ashley on Highway 17, it finally began to look like the “Charleston” I’ve seen photographed in my Instagram feed. The kind of backdrop where a plaid-shirted angler drips a redfish over the side of a custom Gheenoe. Or poles a creek from atop a platform, scouting for morning prospects.

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FLORIDA'S WATER CRISIS & CAPTAINS FOR CLEAN WATER

FLORIDA'S WATER CRISIS & CAPTAINS FOR CLEAN WATER

What started as one fishing guide protesting on the Caloosahatchee River bridge has grown to be a nationally-recognized non-profit that has become a powerful voice in the fight against a decades-old water crisis.

Daniel Andrews, a full-time fishing guide in Southwest Florida, was protesting the Lake Okeechobee discharges that have long been polluting our Florida estuaries and were now threatening the lifeblood of his business. He held a handmade sign painted with four words

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THE DRY TORTUGAS & A SINISTER FORTRESS IN PARADISE

THE DRY TORTUGAS & A SINISTER FORTRESS IN PARADISE

It’s been 6 months since we first washed up on the shores of Fort Jefferson, right alongside a deserted Cuban refugee raft emblazoned with the words “Vamos Con Dios.”

Translation: We Go With God.

A haunting welcome to a place that couldn’t be more paradoxical. Sinister remnants of a 19th-century military fortress, splattered across a backdrop of paradise - blue skies, turquoise waters and silver flashes of rolling tarpon.

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SACK YOUR RESOLUTIONS & CREATE A 2017 OUTDOOR BUCKET LIST

SACK YOUR RESOLUTIONS & CREATE A 2017 OUTDOOR BUCKET LIST

The year winds down. Only a few weeks left in 2016. As the notion settles in, panic begins to race through your mind. “Where did the time go? How is it almost 2017?! Did I do anything truly notable this year?? How did I get so OLD?? What am I going to do with my life? I’m running out of time, I better make my New Year’s resolutions if I have any chance of being a better me!!”

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HELP BRING “C.A.S.T. FOR KIDS” TO FLORIDA

HELP BRING “C.A.S.T. FOR KIDS” TO FLORIDA

These words hit me almost with a pang of guilt. Two things I enjoy most in this world, boating and fishing, and so easily take for granted.

Jeff Barnes, the Eastern Regional Director of C.A.S.T. for Kids, was giving us a rundown on the history of the non-profit charity. Just the night before, what started as a heart-to-heart led Mike and I down a path that we had both been pulled toward for quite a while and hadn’t yet realized.

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HOW TO SPEND 9 DAYS IN THE KEYS

HOW TO SPEND 9 DAYS IN THE KEYS

Lobster season is practically the kickoff to the American holiday season. Fanatics migrate to Florida, namely the Keys, from all over the world to dive into the deep blue and hunt some “bugs.”

While planning Mike's big birthday trip this year, we decided to forego the madness and wait until regular lobster season opens on August 6.

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