With its highlight an observation tower providing you a sweeping view of Boca Ciega Bay, Boca Ciega Millenium Park is a popular family-friendly getaway in Pinellas County
Archives for October 2013
On Manasota Key at Blind Pass, south of Venice, the Fred Duisberg Nature Trail is a gentle meander on boardwalks through a mangrove forest along Lemon Bay to a scenic overlook.
It took a serendipitous turn one morning for us to stumble across a new-to-us hiking trail not fifteen minutes from home. Now we’d thought we’d covered everything nearby when were were looking for trails while finishing up “Five Star Trails Orlando,” but this one slipped past us. Perhaps due to the location – access to […]
A visit to Trout Point Nature Trail at Pensacola NAS provides scenic panoramas of the Big Lagoon and Perdido Key from a boardwalk atop a coastal scrub ridge.
We’re into the third week of the Federal shutdown, and it doesn’t paint a pretty picture for public access to public lands, both here at home and around the nation. We’re hearing the stories you all hear, of course, from hikers being arrested and fined for being on their public lands to NPS rangers being […]
Lumberjacks in Pigeon Forge? That’s what we found on a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains, learning a bit of history and culture at the Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show.
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission is trying to expand their knowledge of Florida black bear population and range, and are looking for input from those of us who spend a lot of time outdoors. They’ve set up a form on their website to share when you’ve seen a bear. Especially mama bears and […]
One of the great joys of fall in Central Florida is the explosion of swamp sunflowers – primarily Helianthus angustifolius – that appear along the edges of Lake Jesup, Puzzle Lake, Lake Harney and certain other slow-moving segments of the St. Johns River to the northeast of Orlando. Motorists notice them in abundance as they […]
With a hint of fall in the air, Primrose came out of hibernation. It was time to install the replacement speedometer cable, the one ordered many months ago. We had learned to make do, using our handheld GPS plugged in to the 12 volt outlet. It worked fine during the day, but without being backlit […]
Last weekend, the 2nd annual Florida National Scenic Trail Symposium brought together land managers, FTA volunteers, and interested hikers to find out about the current state of the FNST. Held in Sanford, it was the kickoff to the Florida Outdoor Recreation Coalition Summit as well. We saw a lot of familiar faces throughout the crowd, […]