Several months ago, I was contacted by the folks at 45N68W (the coordinates of the northern terminus of the AT) to test a new insect repellent they have on the market. I took it with me to the Everglades in May, but wouldn’t you know … no mosquitoes to speak of! I’ve done my best […]
Archives for August 2009
A few years ago, I had the honor of walking a section of the Florida Trail at Clearwater Lake with the trail’s founder, Jim Kern, to celebrate the beginning of the Florida Trail at this spot in 1966. As we walked, Jim said “we blazed the trail on the other side of the lake.” We […]
Gatorland is not just a historic Florida attraction but an immersion into what this part of Central Florida used to be, a cypress swamp full of critters.
It’s summer, but that shouldn’t stop you from playing outdoors. Down in the quiet town of Osprey between Sarasota and Venice, you can see their namesake bird along South Creek at Oscar Scherer State Park. The extensive trail system gets you deep into Florida scrub-jay habitat, but a summer morning is best enjoyed with a […]
What to do on a hot summer’s day? Try the naturally air-conditioned Silver River for a paddling trip.
On Monday, a new 2,709-acre environmentally protected land in northern Lee County opened to outdoor recreation enthusiasts: Prairie Pines Preserve, a vast wilderness protected under the Conservation 20/20 program. Equestrian and hiking trails enable access to the preserve, which has a trailhead at 18500 Tamiami Trail in North Fort Myers. Learn more about this brand […]
One of the hikes that sticks in my memory from when I was under ten years old is the Pine Land Trail at Everglades National Park. It’s not very long, but it’s certainly diverse … and on my last visit, there were tree snails in the tropical trees! Take a virtual walk in the woods […]
Let me be your personal guide to Everglades National Park! In addition to completing the full roster of hikes for Everglades National Park, a related project I completed in June was a driving tour of the Main Park Road. Created in conjunction with Visual Travel Tours, it’s available as a written tour, an iPhone tour, […]
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is rather remote. To get there, you need to drive through Indian Pass, where the Indian Pass Raw Bar will tempt with its old Florida funk and fresh oysters. It isn’t anywhere near the beaten path – it’s about as far as you can get from I-10 in the Florida […]
Located between Palatka and Keystone Heights off SR 100, Etoniah Creek State Forest is famously known as the home of the Etoniah Ravine, a landform with bluffs that offer great views down to the creek. On the opposite side of the state forest, the Florida Trail meanders through sandhills and scrub past a variety of […]