Taylor Creek

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]