5/11/2018 This week has been designated as National Hurricane Preparedness Week. While hurricane season doesn’t officially begin until June 1st, it is never to early to be prepared. The expectation is that this will be an extremely busy season in the Atlantic. As a week dedicated to preparation you should be looking at your hurricane … More National Hurricane Preparedness Week
4/28/2018 As I continue to hike and go on adventures in the outdoors, I keep finding there is more and more gear that I want. I do not necessarily need it but there are some serious wants. To hike there is truly only 4 things you have to have. The first is somewhere outside to … More Gear. ‘Nuff Said!
4/4/2018 On Monday 4/2/2018, I was able to get boots on a trail and took my faithful canine companion, Atlas, with me. After carefully looking at our selection of trails, I chose the Chito Branch Reserve in Lithia, Florida. A sprawling 5,515 acre property that include the C.W. “Bill” Young Reservoir. The reservoir covers almost … More Back on the Trail with Atlas
3/19/2018 We woke up to a crisp Tuesday Morning. The Scouts were slow to get out of their sleeping bags and I was starting to feel the effects of age complicated by sleeping on the ground. While we did not get as cold as expected we did see around 35 degrees. The reluctance of … More Way Down Upon the Suwannee River Day 4
3/18/2018 By this point of the trip one would think that our muscles were used to paddling. While they were, we were not as prepared for the combination of distance and headwind that we would face on this day. We awoke at Woods Ferry about 6:30 a.m., long before the sun broke the horizon, … More Way Down Upon the Suwannee River Day 3
3/17/2018 On Day two we awoke to better temperatures, and a time change meaning that even though we woke at 6:30 a.m. we were still going to need an hour before the sun broke the horizon. We were rejoined by our fellow scouts that stayed at O’leno State Park. After breakfast we broke camp and … More Way Down Upon the Suwannee River, Day Two
3/16/2018 As I mentioned in my last post, I was going on a canoe trip down the Suwanee River. This river was made famous in 1851 in a mistral song composed by Stephen Foster. Since this song’s sheet music was published, the Suwannee River has lived in the hearts and minds of many that have … More Way down upon the Suwannee River, Day 1
2/17/2018 There are many shows on network television that deal with survival. From Naked and Afraid, where participants are dropped in the wilderness without supplies nor clothing, to Survivorman, where a single person in the wilderness shows how he is able to survive in certain situations. They all have one thing in common, how do … More Survival of The Most Prepared.
2/13/2018 On this “Fat Tuesday”, I was greeted with news from the Ocala National Forest that parts of the wilderness were closed due to bear problems. The US Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Division made notice yesterday afternoon and it was published in Ocala newspapers today. It was sited that it was for the protection of … More Bear Country Guest Etiquette
1/11/2018 Monday marked the end of the kids winter break as they returned to school on Tuesday. After two weeks of sleeping in I felt it was time for them to start getting up earlier. As 8 a.m. rolled around (sleeping in for all of them during the school year), I rousted them from bed … More Bell Creek Nature Preserve and the 2018 Hiking Spree