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 […]
Archives for November 2012
Stretching 5.2 miles through an primordial forest of sluggish, fern-lined waterways, ancient live oaks, magnolias, and cabbage palms, the Bulow Creek Loop is one of North Florida’s most scenic hikes.
For thru-hikers in 2012-2013, closures around Lake Okeechobee along the Florida Trail have made logistics quite a challenge. The Army Corps of Engineers has contractors working along several large segments of the dike, continuing to make it impossible to “do the loop” of 110 miles around Lake Okeechobee without a dangerous amount of roadwalks. More […]
It’s been more than five years since the Army Corps of Engineers started repairs on the Herbert Hoover Dike in the wake of the 2004-2005 hurricanes, and each year, the project continues to expand in scope. For several years now, it’s been impossible for section hikers to “do the loop” of the entire circle around […]
On its mile-long loop, Hawks Bluff Trail at Savannas Preserve State Park shows off the best scenic views of freshwater savannas near the Atlantic Ocean
Florida’s hiking season is also the prime season for hunting in Florida. Be aware of where you’re hiking – many public lands permit hunting – for your personal safety.
Heading off on a hike alone? Here are some suggestions as to how to watch after your own personal safety, especially in urban settings, when you take a walk in the woods.
Home repairs aren’t as simple as they seem. John tries to get our toilet under control before a major trip, and discovers that modern plumbing parts just aren’t what they used to be.
We’ve spent the past half hour arranging the insides of our tiny TravLite camper, an early 80s vintage popup that’s a step up from a tent on wheels – with headroom. The floor is perhaps 4×6′ but we can stand up in it and enjoy cushioned seats, a table, and a bed. The entire interior […]
Our Big O Hike came to a grinding halt early, and not for want of walking. With clear skies above and one of John’s old friends joining us, I was looking forward to a stroll through Indian Prairie. Life intervened. I’d had some mild tooth pains before I’d seen the dentist two weeks ago but […]