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Sabal Point Preserve - April 2007


April is usually a pretty warm month, but some Canadian air helped us out, as we hiked about seven miles in the Sabal Point Sanctuary.

26 files, last one added on Apr 06, 2007
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Lower Wekiva Preserve - March 2007


A warm day in March, with high temperature of 86 degrees and clear skies, provided an opportunity for an eight-mile hike in new territory, the Lower Wekiva Preserve northern section. I had hiked in the southern section many times, but had never been in the portion north of the Wekiva River and Blackwater Creek. It turns out to be a very nice, easily hikeable place, replete with excellent horse camping facilities, ants, and ticks.

44 files, last one added on Mar 29, 2007
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Rock Springs Run State Reserve - March 2007


It was the hottest day of the year--87 in the shade--and spring hasn't yet even arrived. Four intrepid warriors set out for what would turn out to be a 10.8 mile hike and some significant bushwhacking. A good time was had by all, and the strenuous bushwhacking made the post-hike beer taste all the better.

31 files, last one added on Mar 14, 2007
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Seminole State Forest - March 2007


A nice, 8+ mile hike on a nice Central Florida day. We hiked, Geocached, and Jenny got Don. Seminole State Forest is one of my favorite hiking venues in the area.

38 files, last one added on Mar 07, 2007
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Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve - March 2007


March 2 is RD's birthday, in this case a momentous one, as by his own admission he has reached an age he never thought he would reach. The group of six went to Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve in Volusia County, Florida for a seven-mile hike and a 60th birthday celebration. Participants were Bonnie, Don, Jennie, Marcos, RD, and me.

34 files, last one added on Mar 02, 2007
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Camping in the Glades III - February 2007


Jenny and I attended the third annual installment of "Camping in the Glades," a GeoEvent at Bear Island in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

48 files, last one added on Feb 26, 2007
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Fakahatchee Strand - February 2007


After attending the Camping in the Everglades III Geocaching event, Jenny and I joined a group of fellow Geocachers for a brief tour of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve. This is a legendary place, a swamp where treasured orchids, such as the ghost orchid, reside. It is also one of the few places in the United States where royal palms grow naturally. We didn't have much time to explore this massive and beautiful natural area, but these pictures will give you a taste of what is there.

39 files, last one added on Feb 26, 2007
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Wekiwa Springs State Park - February 2007


We were originally going to another place today, but a lot of people couldn't make it. So, we settled on an old standby, Wekiwa Springs State Park, which is four miles from my house. Don, RD, Cosmo and I were the hikers, and it was a cold morning for Central Florida--under 40 when we started. We peeled off clothing layers and by afternoon wound up in t-shirts and shorts. The featured event of the day would be playing in a relatively new sinkhole. All but one of the group descended into the bottomless pit. One stayed behind. In all, it was a fun, 10+ mile hike.

20 files, last one added on Feb 19, 2007
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Little Big Econ - February 2007 (Updated)


Joined by Bonnie, Don, Jenny, and RD, I took a hike on the Flagler Trail up to the Bridge over the Econolockhatchee River, where we had the unexpected pleasure of meeting up with old friend Bob. From the bridge, we hiked back to the Barr Street Trailhead of the Little Big Econ State Forest. It was a perfect, cool day for hiking.

31 files, last one added on Feb 18, 2007
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Lake Proctor - February 2007


What a perfect day! Sunny, high of 76, not a cloud in the sky--great day for a hike. We had a record number of hikers today, too. The venue was Lake Proctor, a Seminole County Wilderness Area.

30 files, last one added on Feb 07, 2007
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St. Francis - January 2007 (Updated)


On a cool January morning--the best kind--Jenny, RD, Cosmo, and I set out for what would amount to a 10.2 mile hike followed by a little Jeepal activity on the forest back roads.

24 files, last one added on Jan 24, 2007
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Lake Woodruff NWR - January 2007


The hiking gang (two geezers and a babe) gathered together once again, this time for a foray into Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. The predominate wildlife forms we viewed were (in order of population): mosquitoes, gnats, vultures, bunny rabbits, and paddlers. You see, the weather was described as "screwy" by one of the workers who stopped by the parking lot to take a leak.

18 files, last one added on Jan 18, 2007
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Tendrils of a Vine50 views
Poison Ivy62 viewsAs you who follow this gallery know, all hiking albums must have at least one poison ivy picture.
Leopard Frog47 viewsToo little and too late for the scavenger hunt, which awarded points for a live frog. Alas, the competition had ended three hours earlier.
RD Performs the Calculations82 viewsDon wasn't with us, so RD had to do the calculations.
The wrecked dock83 views
Back to the White Trail Boulevard45 viewsBulldozers at work
Jenny Announces Our Arrival at Mile Three87 viewsWe had been in a valley for a while. We were trying to use our cell phones to call the ranger to let him know that we would be on the trail fairly late (after sunset). However, in the valley, neither phone could pick up a signal. Thus, we decided to call when we reached some high ground. That would be the Mile 3 marker. It was also a nice place for a lay-down--soft bed of leaves and nice, fresh air.
RD at an old street sign119 viewsWe think some wise-asses carried it out here from DeLand.

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The Snorkling Area by the Reef528 viewsApr 11, 2009
Jenny Amuses a Gift Shop Clerk in the Park561 viewsJuanita was not amused by my photography, though.Apr 11, 2009
Beach at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park479 viewsApr 11, 2009
Yet another closed tower500 viewsApr 11, 2009
Jen and Ben at the Beach516 viewsDoesn't look like beach clothing, but that's because the temps were in the 60s.Apr 11, 2009
Can't get there from here519 viewsApr 11, 2009
Closed Observation Tower access499 viewsApr 11, 2009