45N68W does it again for Florida’s mean mosquitoes. An unintended field test comparison this week pitted a Deet-based product against swarms of oversized mosquitoes in Volusia”s Wiregrass Prairie Preserve against the all-natural 45N68W on the big loop at Wekiwa Springs. I’d forgotten to pack the bug juice for the first trek, so I borrowed what […]
Archives for October 2011
A new surprise along the Florida Trail in White Springs: a nudist resort. For years, the Suwannee Valley Campground has been one of several welcoming resupply-and-rest stops for long distance hikers along the Suwannee River, but that’s about to change. In May 2012, the new owners of the campground will be reopening it as a […]
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to revisit Kelly Park and explore its little-known hiking trails. For families in the know, Kelly Park is a favorite destination for tubing, the southernmost tubing run in Florida. I’ve always thought of it as a natural water park, since you can splash and play in the chilly waters of […]
Folks who don’t live in Florida assume that we’re warm and sunny all the time. Not so. Winter days can be cold and damp. Your best defense: pile on those layers!
The newest trail system in Bay County has its Grand Opening tomorrow from 12-2 as Panama City Beach Conservation Park becomes a reality. Encompassing over 2,200 acres along the back bay, these former pine plantations of the St Joe Company are slowly undergoing hydrologic restoration to bring back the natural bayfront wet flatwoods, punctuated by […]
A discussion that came up on the forum recently – where are the most rugged hikes in Florida? – fits well with the cool weather we now have. The term “rugged” is subjective, of course, based on your own hiking expertise: someone who hikes regularly in the Rockies isn’t going to find our hilly hikes […]