Serendipity touched me again this past weekend as I worked the booth for FTA out at the Blountstown Greenway grand opening. I went to pick up a new trail guide to Apalachicola Bluffs & Ravines Preserve and ended up talking to Leigh Brooks, who lives just up the street from the Gholson Nature Park in […]
It’s been almost seven years since I met Bart Smith at an FTA Annual Conference, when he sought me out to say “how’d you like to do a book together?” The result of our chat was Along the Florida Trail, which I section hiked to write and he thru-hiked to photograph. He already had two […]
In what has become an annual event along the Florida Trail, hikers gathered in January to celebrate the birthday of Billy Goat, a long-time member of the long distance hiking community.
Back in May, I shared the story of Mike Caetano of Pensacola, trail name of Cimmaron, who was thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail at the age of 88, looking to set the record to be the oldest to complete the journey. Hurricanes define life experiences for those they touch. For Cimmaron, Hurricane Ivan slammed into his […]
One week, 260 miles, human (and train) powered. That’s the goal of the four riders touring the East Coast Greenway and St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop on a ride that started with a trip from downtown Orlando to DeBary via SunRail on August 1.
It’s a delight to learn that long-time Estero resident Ellen Peterson has been named Conservationist of the Year by the Florida Wildlife Federation. Ellen has been a strong supporter of conservation in Southwest Florida since the 1960s, taking on serious and successful efforts to protect Lovers Key, Estero Bay, and Pine Island Sound from rampant […]
Author Sandra Friend recounts her experiences in the wilderness that brought her to where she is today, sharing the outdoors with a broad audience through her books and online.
At 88 years old, Cimmaron – aka Mike Caetano of Pensacola – is not one of the more spry hikers on the Appalachian Trail this season. But he’s chasing down a dream, and a goal. After two lengthy section hikes in 2003 and 2004, which he spent training for in Blackwater River State Forest, he […]
Episode 005: A Walk at Green Cay Wetlands (18:43) Earlier this month, I stayed with my friends Ted and Trudy Winsberg on their farm while I was participating in the Diabetes Walk event in West Palm Beach, and I had a chance to walk with Ted along the boardwalks of Green Cay Wetlands one morning. […]
One person CAN make an enormous difference. Wiley Dykes, Sr., one of the strongest and most persistent trail builders of the past 40 years in the Orlando area, has died at the age of 81. Working tirelessly to find a route for the Florida Trail through the suburbs and wild lands of Orlando, he devoted […]