A 7.3-mile round-trip trail to the St. Johns River, the Pine Island Trail at Blue Spring State Park traverses both upland and river edge habitat.
Archives for July 2012
It rained, of course. Rain pattered down through the thickening canopy overhead, leaving the mountain laurel and persistent rocks with a glistening sheen. Climbing up from our dropoff point at Caledonia State Park, we knew we didn’t have far to go, but the trail immediately headed straight uphill, a rarity in this part of Pennsylvania. […]
Two days of supported hiking to make it through Memorial Day Weekend: it was my idea, and it seemed like bliss. We’d already encountered large groups of hikers heading into the woods for the holiday, so we knew the shelters and camping areas would be crowded. Very crowded. Add to the mix hitting the Cumberland […]
Traversing the broad Cumberland Valley, we’re finally off the rocky ridges that led us here and into gently rolling hills topped with farms as far as the eye can see. For much of its length, at least what we’ve experienced thus far, the Appalachian Trail has been an exercise in seeing how many mountains you […]
Hiking in a misty rain, we followed one of the easier stretches of trail so far, treated to gentle climbs, short stretches of rocks, and the moist fragrance of a spruce forest filling the air. Quartz shards sparkled along a footpath lined with densely knit ferns. Visions of food danced through my mind. While John […]
There is a visceral reaction that happens to a hiker when the air becomes charged with electricity. It might be fight or flight mode, adrealine racing. Or glancing nervously at the skies, walking faster. I’ve literally had my hair stand on end as a storm approached, so I don’t take thunderstorms lightly. We’ve hiked with […]
A 10.2-mile loop through landscapes both vast and intimate, the Wekiwa Springs Hiking Trail shows off the best of nature at Wekiwa Springs State Park.