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Rock Springs Run State Reserve - November 2007


Here are the pictures from our group hike in Rock Springs Run State Reserve. It was an interesting day for a few reasons, not the least of which was the fact that my camera broke, so you will see only half a hike's worth of photos. Another was that it was the day before the start of general gun season, so the hunters were out there staking out their territory. So was the law, to make certain that hunting season didn't start a day too early.

31 files, last one added on Nov 09, 2007
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Wekiwa Springs State Park - November 2007


The first glorious hiking day of the year found the group reconvened at Wekiwa Springs State Park, with two new initiates to haze: Mike and Cindi. We had a beautiful 10 mile hike.

61 files, last one added on Nov 03, 2007
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Beaver Stadium 1964


As I waxed nostalgic about the good old days at Penn State, I recalled that somewhere I had some old slides depicting Beaver Stadium. Here they are, coming at you from 1964. Beaver Stadium is still there, but it has sure as hell changed!

8 files, last one added on Oct 19, 2007
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Wekiwa Springs State Park - September 2007


This is the first photo hike since my neck surgery, and what better a place than Wekiwa Springs State Park, just four miles from my house? I've always appreciated the fall wildflowers there. Blooming plants in great abundance today were partridge pea, blazing star, and summer farewell. Wildlife spottings included deer, gopher tortoise, turkey, and love bug. Oh, and butterflies. Thousands and thousands of butterflies.

20 files, last one added on Sep 27, 2007
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Little Big Econ - July 2007


This might well be my last hike before I have surgery and can't hike for a while. Thus, it was good that I got out there this week, playing hooky from work. My friend Mike, and long lost friend Cindi, who is the ex-wife of Mike's ex-brother-in-law, joined me to see the tannin stained Econlockhatchee River and learn about Geocaching. It was a most enjoyable day, capped off by lunch at the Black Hammock Fish Camp.

17 files, last one added on Jul 03, 2007
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Seminole State Forest - Late June 2007


Last night, Bob apprised me that the forest had reopened. Soooo, I got up early and hit the trail at around 7:15 AM. I had a serene hike and checked on some Geocaches. Everything seems to have survived the recent wildfires quite well. The forest had been closed for about two months.

38 files, last one added on Jun 29, 2007
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Sabal Point Sanctuary - June 2007


A summer hike is usually a pain in the ass because of the heat and humidity. Today was tolerable, however, and though the hiking group suffered from attrition, Jenny and I had great fun bushwhacking to the Wekiva River.

26 files, last one added on Jun 27, 2007
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Sabal Point Sanctuary Reprise - May 2007


Well, this prednisone has me wired. I have to put my boots on. Today, I found myself around the corner from my house in Sabal Point Sanctuary, where there is always a convenient, 7-mile hike. The mercury barely cracked 80 and there was a nice breeze, so it was good.

45 files, last one added on May 21, 2007
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Rock Springs Run State Reserve - May 2007


So, like it was a lazy Saturday and I decided to go up to Seminole State Forest to check on my Geocaches there. A large brush fire had burned in the vicinity. However, when I got there, the forest was closed. Quite rude of a forest to be closed, you know. With my hiking shoes on, however, I was not to be denied. I went a little further down the road to Rock Springs Run State Reserve and had a nice nine-mile hike.

44 files, last one added on May 19, 2007
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Wekiwa Springs State Park - May 2007


A blessed cold front chilled the May temperatures about ten degrees lower than normal, so it was a perfect day for a hike in my favorite state park, which is only a few miles from my house. In tow were Jenny, RD, and aging hiking wonder dog Cosmo.

36 files, last one added on May 09, 2007
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Sabal Point Sanctuary - May 2007


It was a hot day, and Jenny declared that she had to hike in a shady place. Sabal Point Sanctuary fits that description, being an old cypress forest that was pretty much logged out in the last century. But, being a swamp, stuff grew in and it is, in fact, shady. Only Jenny, Don, and I made it. Due to the smoke in the air, Marcos and RD begged off.

17 files, last one added on May 07, 2007
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Seminole State Forest - April 2007


I needed to do some Geocache maintenance in Seminole State Forest, which was a great excuse to hike 11+ miles on a warm spring day. I'm all kindza sore this morning, but what the hell--it was a great hike!

40 files, last one added on Apr 14, 2007
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