When I was driving out to the Ocala National Forest the other day, I heard a radio commercial for a new outfitter in town. Now I was saddened to see Brasington’s pull out of town some time ago, since they focused on gear for hiking and kayaking, so there has been a void in the […]
Archives for January 2009
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 […]
Down in Glades County, in the wilds of South Central Florida, Fisheating Creek has always been a favorite for paddlers. It’s Florida as it once was (and still is here), winding through ancient cypress as it flows from the end of the Lake Wales Ridge to Lake Okeechobee. Thanks to the Florida Fish & Wildlife […]
When I saw the billboards pop up in downtown Tampa a few years ago touting “Connerton, FL, ” with images of herons and trees, I thought … here we ago again. Create a city in the middle of a rural area and invite sprawl. Indeed, it was a development of regional impact, as they are […]
I’d been planning to pick up this 5.5 mile segment in the Ocala National Forest and the Cross Florida Greenway for years, but only took care of it this week with help from my friend Bob (LWOP) Coveney, who with his wife Bonnie live the RV lifestyle and are hanging out in the forest; we’ve […]
After trying an array of camp stoves over the years, from Whisperlite to Zip and Esbit, I found the Jetboil. Now I feel comfortable cooking in the woods again.
Backpacking the Florida Trail from Okee-tanie to Bluff Hammock along the Kissimmee River section for the first time.
I was surprised to see a Google alert pop up today about a rally going on at the Port Mayaca Florida Power & Light nuclear power plant. Back before September 11, 2001, the Barley Barber Swamp was open to the public for hiking tours led by a very knowledgable guide, who I had the pleasure […]
Hurricanes and fires have kept me off of one of my favorite hikes on the Florida Trail, the Juniper Prairie Wilderness, for many years. I’d get ready to go out there and something would happen that I knew would wreck my memories of my first hikes there, so I wouldn’t go. When my friend Bob […]
I was in search of the new interpretive trail at Fisheating Creek last Monday when time overtook me the first try, and dusk overtook me the second try. However, I managed to get some clarifications from folks who’ve been there and seen it. The interpretive trail starts from at the new FWC office along SR […]