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Sabal Point Preserve - April 2007


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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)


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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


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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)


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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.

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Lake Woodruff NWR - January 2007


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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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