This is one of those right place, right time stories. As usual, I was lagging at the tail end of our group of backpackers, taking photos and shooting video between Hickory Hammock and Bluff Hammock. Lori Burris, who led our group, stayed with me. After we descended the high bridge, most of the folks with […]
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Sliding, backpacks on, down steep slopes covered with snow. Wading, waist-deep, through the icy waters of a mountain stream. Plunging into crystal clear lakes reflecting the beauty of the snow-capped Sierra. Relaxing in broad meadows beneath blue skies. With their cameras capturing landscapes all hikers dream about, Ric and Jen Serena immersed themselves for nearly […]
Alligators attacking – it rates way up there on fears about hiking in Florida. Last Friday, I happened to catch a battle between two alligators at Green Cay Wetlands, one of my favorite wildlife spotting hikes, in Boynton Beach. Even better, it went on long enough that I caught it on film … and video. […]
Paynes Prairie in Gainesville is drying up. With the extended drought and dropping water levels, the alligators are getting more and more concentrated into the bodies of water that are remaining. This is not a time to be roaming about without caution on North Florida’s most vast prairie, but it is a good time to […]
It’s not often you find yourself inside an unusual natural phenomenon. The perfect combo of fog, sun, and the St. Johns River wrapped us in a fogbow along the Sanford Riverwalk.
After an hour of traipsing around Kelly Park, an Orange County Park north of Orlando, I’d about had it for the morning. 9 AM and 86*F. Blackflies swarming along the trails in the lush river bluff forest. And now, hordes of kids pouring off buses in the parking lot and streaming down to Rock Springs […]
One of the more interesting hikes I’ve done lately that’s new to me was at Lake Harney Wilderness, a Seminole County Natural Lands area to the east of Geneva. Made up of two loops – a short, scenic one that provides amazing panoramas of Lake Harney and the prairies on its western shore – and […]
Every winter, hundreds of manatees converge at Blue Spring Run near Deland, as do the folks who want to see them up close in the wild. Here’s a clip from a visit I made last weekend while working on the new edition of “50 Hikes.” I loved the commentary from the two ladies next to […]
What to do on a hot summer’s day? Try the naturally air-conditioned Silver River for a paddling trip.
As promised (albeit a little late), here’s a walk-through of the Florida Trail at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park. I did this with my friend Phyllis around New Years’ Day. We camped out and were rained on the night before; the forests were rather wet (where they weren’t smoking after a recent burn). […]