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 […]

Lake Monroe Conservation Area

Florida Trail

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 […]


Biking the Cady Way Trail

I rode the Cady Way Trail from Goldenrod Park, near its connection with the Cross Seminole Trail, to its southwestern end near Fashion Square Mall. From the park to the bridge across Semoran Blvd. (S.R. 436) there are industrial/commercial operations on both sides. Scenic it is not. Once across Semoran Blvd. the trail runs between neighborhoods with […]


Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

Hiking Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

More than a mouthful, Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park  was snatched from the jaws of development. This land was already under construction, slated to become a sprawling complex of houses, condos, and hotels known as Port Bougainville. Some structures had already been built, including boat slips carved into the limestone walls of an […]


Exploring Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

Countless fossils dating back nearly 125,000 years are the focal point of Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park. Here you are actually walking inside a fossilized coral reef. This is made possible by 3 large former quarries. Every surface is covered with ancient history. Probably millions of square feet in all. A rock quarry in […]

Windley Key Fossil Reef State Park