In typical fashion, as the Gulf breeze begins to get a little cooler and the sunsets sink lower, our minds are instantaneously in holiday mode. As the seasons are changing and before we all get to making our Christmas lists, the Visit Pensacola team wanted to slow down for a minute and call to mind what we’re thankful for. As someone in content development, I’m always thankful for new ideas, new words and a helping hand. This month in celebration of Thanksgiving we’re excited to introduce you to a few of our guest blog contributors.

Becky Beall: The Travel Voice by Becky

Becky Beall is a veteran freelance journalist well-known for her coverage of travel, destinations, cruises and automotive venues. With hundreds of published articles, her portfolio includes clips from New York Daily News, Southern Breeze, AAA Go Carolinas, AAA Living, River Region magazine, Examiner.com, Birmingham Parent, Decorating Spaces, Senior Connection, The Tennessean, Cincinnati Enquirer, Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery Living, The Charlottesville Tribune, Gallivant, Atlanta Christian Family, Travel Lady, Country Discoveries, Focus Daily News, Houston Woman, Expansion Solutions, and many more.

Becky served in the capacity of editor for a busy, four-publication company for almost 10 years and was the owner of a Christian-based publication for two years.

Also, Becky is host to The Travel Voice by Becky radio & video program heard all over the world via Internet! And, you might catch her on Good Day Alabama doing a travel segment. She is a member of the International Travel Media and Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association.

Rick O’Connor: Sea Grant Extension Agent

Rick is a native of Pensacola and has spent his life on, and in, the waters of the Pensacola Bay area.  Studying marine biology at Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the University of Southern Mississippi he has been educating locals on marine-related topics for 33 years.  His background is in estuarine fish and reptiles but loves sharing natural history information from around the area.  As the Sea Grant Extension Agent for Escambia County, his programs focus on invasive species, habitat restoration and monitoring, water quality monitoring, and assisting ecotour operators with improving their knowledge of local natural history. 

Jon Sutton: Outdoor Empire

Jon Sutton loves to spend time in the woods and on the water. His life has revolved around outdoors since his early childhood days when he caught his first bluegill in his local pond. Since then he has grown into a full-fledged angler targeting salmon and bass during his free time. He also enjoys hiking, camping and seeing the world through travel. He is currently a content manager for Outdoor Empire.

Outdoorempire.com was created out of a desire to specifically discuss outdoor recreation and sports gear. There is so much information available about fishing, hunting and camping as activities, but not about enhancing, maximizing the enjoyment we get from outdoors through proper gear.