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An explosion of life arrived with the summer rains, including a bumper crop of biting, blood-sucking insects. Great news if you’re a dragonfly or a bat…not so much for us humans. These relentless creatures pierce our largest organ (the skin) with the precision of a brain surgeon and access our blood directly, often leaving itchy […]

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Markham Woods

Biking Markham Woods

Tucked away in the northeast corner of Lake Mary, very near the Wekiva River, sits a beautifully diverse forest known as Markham Woods. Thanks to the tireless efforts of SORBA Orlando volunteers, there are miles of sweet mountain bike trails winding throughout the various habitats for us to enjoy. And enjoy I have. Twice in […]


Project OptOutside365

It’s become a personal tradition for me to use my birthday as a starting point to take on a new challenge for the coming year. It’s both more personal to me than New Year’s Day and an easy date to remember. So far the challenges I’ve started this way have stuck and become a part […]

Taylor Creek

Lake Monroe Conservation Area

Hiking Lake Monroe Conservation Area

Hiking the Brickyard Slough Tract of the Lake Monroe Conservation Area has long been on my personal bucket list, as I’ve driven by it hundreds of times. Until recently, I had a couple of reasonable excuses to keep putting it off, but one compelling reason kept bringing me back to planning a hike — miles […]


Hiking the Florida Trail; Chuluota Wilderness Area to Joshua Creek Trailhead

Like a jigsaw puzzle piece, Chuluota Wilderness Area is locked into the western edge of the Charles Bronson State Forest — both the same forest, except by man-made borders. Fortunately for hikers and nature lovers alike, the Florida National Scenic Trail runs right through this diverse forest, and both trailheads are easily accessible from anywhere in […]

Florida Trail