Here’s what the Juniper Prairie Wilderness looked like prior to the fire. The loss of this beautiful area is heartbreaking. I was fortunate to visit in February on a hike on the Florida Trail with my friends Bob & Bonnie Coveney. We witnessed a lot of damage from the 2006 blaze, more than I expected. […]
Archives for March 2009
During a backpacking trip with fellow Scouts, a young hiker was attacked by a bobcat in Withlacoochee State Forest. The bobcat was later killed.
If you’re wondering why I’m so quiet right now, I’m working hard at creating the next generation of the Florida Hikes! website. I did, however, take the time last week to rejoin Lou & Rachael Augspurg’s Florida Trail section hike through the Ocala National Forest. This time it was Farles Prairie, the first place I […]
It’s been about five years since I stopped in at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville, and this time, the trails were open and ready for business. On my last visit, I was too close on the heels of hurricane damage in the region, and my time was short. Did a full survey […]
On Saturday, I took a quick trip out to Salt Springs to visit with Captain Pat Needham and his new outfitters, Buck N Bass, and decided to take a different route home because of the smoke from the Juniper Prairie Wilderness fire. Horseshoe Lake Park isn’t really “near” anywhere, except perhaps Orange Springs, which is […]
Collected another hike to add to my Florida Hikes website in the not-to-distant future, while visiting the Terry Rhodes Trail System at the Bear Creek Tract of Lake Talquin State Forest, between Tallahassee and Quincy in Gadsden County. Quite a beautiful place. It was late in the day and I was the only hiker there, […]
Here’s another one that’ll get trotted out in earnest on the Florida Hikes! blog once I transcribe all my notes from the hike. Talk about a beauty spot, and a hard-won one. I found this treasure deep within the forests of Washington County, between Fountain and Ebro, north of Panama City, after a rigorous several […]