8/19/2017 If you are reading this blog now and are in Florida or anywhere that is more than a days drive to the path of the eclipse (find it’s path here) then you are probably not going to be in a position to see the total eclipse of the Sun. However, if you are somewhere along the … More Total Eclipse of the Sun
8/18/2017 Florida is a popular destination for retirees, tourists, and new residents. For those of us that live here, it is no surprise why. With the exception of a few extremely hot months we are favored with beautiful weather. We have probably the most extraordinary sunrises on the east coast and sunsets on the west … More Are Our Politicians Failing Us?
8/14/2017 As a hiker and a scouter, I pride myself in knowing the tenents of Leave No Trace and following the Scout Law (A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, curtious, kind, obdient, cheerful, thrifty, clean and reverent). So when I am on the trail, I am often amazed but not suprised that many people … More Responsible Hiking
8/13/2017 As many of my readers are aware, a new puppy has joined this Florida Born Hiker’s family. It is my intention for him to join me on the trail whenever possible. This canine companion though needs to go through training and this entry in my blog is about his continued socialization. Why the title? … More Dog Ambassador
Schools In Session. 8/11/2017 Yesterday marked the first day back to school for Hillsborough and Polk County. It means that we will have roadways crowded with buses and parents driving their kids to school or picking them up in the afternoon. Please remember to drive safely, stay far enough back from school buses as they … More
8/1/2017 When I adopted my first dog, Schultzy a dachshund puppy, he amazed me with how smart he was. He was small enough to fit in my hand and weighed maybe six pounds. What I didn’t realize was that he would be a constant companion for a number of years in my life. He was … More Training Continues
7/27/2017 On Monday July 24, 2017, President Donald Trump addressed the attendees of this year’s Boy Scout Jamboree held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. During his speech, he said that he was the “Honorary President” of the Boy Scouts. I was confused on this and a few other things as the speech … More The Honorary President of the Boy Scouts.
7/26/2017 Last week I wrote “Have a Plan and Leave a Plan”, in which I talk about the need for making a plan and leaving it behind with someone. What I didn’t talk about is what do you do when you are lost. On Monday July 24th, a 61 year old Sebring man went for … More Lost; not by JJ Abrams !
07/21/2017 Some of you may be aware that we got a new hiking dog. An Australian Cattle Dog (also called a Blue Heeler), Atlas is energetic, smart, and as a puppy he is frustrating and curious. The traits that will make him for to have on the trail are also some of the ones that … More First Step: Leash Training
7/20/2017 Hiking and backpacking have a long tradition in our country. Dating back to Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone walking and blazing trails through the frontier lands of our young nation. All the way to modern times where people well into their 70s are setting foot on some of our greatest trails. Recently “A Walk … More Have a Plan and Leave a Plan.