It isn’t rare for winds to streak across the surface of Lake Okeechobee, picking up speed as they travel, flowing across the dikes like waves. But some mornings are windier than others, and this was one of them. Clouds blanketed our views of the starry night as dawn grew close, bringing a sunrise with no […]
Okeechobee is the heart of Florida's old frontier, surrounded by vast prairies with cattle ranches and the sweep of Lake Okeechobee, one of America's largest lakes.
Nine days, 109 miles: that’s the circuit around Lake Okeechobee to complete a walk around the second largest lake inside American borders on the Big O Hike.
Cowboy’s is the newcomer in the town of Okeechobee, a steak-and-barbecue restaurant that filled in the blank left by the closure of the R.J. Gator’s chain last year. I saw the sign back during my New Year’s visit but the restaurant wasn’t open yet. Passing through Okeechobee this weekend, I discovered my favorite BBQ joint […]
On the third day of the 2007 Big O Hike, I walk with Cliff Moody, the oldest man to ever complete the walk around Lake Okeechobee.
Discovering that the Big O Hike can be a vacation immersed in the beauty of Lake Okeechobee, I take the time to slow down and enjoy nature at my own pace.
Immersing in Starvation Slough might mean wet feet at first, but the beauty you find the deeper in you hike is well worth getting across that first stream!
While our explorations this week focus on the Big O Hike around Lake Okeechobee, side trips to review changes in the Florida Trail are a part of the journey. A wander to the 4Es Trailhead in Fort Basinger surprised us with a new routing of the trail along the rim of the vast Kissimmee Prairie […]