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Sandra Friend (Florida Hikes)
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Lived in Ocala, FL
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Been wondering why you haven't heard from us lately? 
Life often feels like a headlong rush, until what's most important comes to the forefront. Here's what's been going on for us over the past couple months and our step-by-step efforts to get back to "normal."
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Learn about Florida's original beach hikers. They did it for a job, not for fun.
At the Hillsboro Lighthouse in Pompano Beach, learn the story of the Barefoot Mailmen (hint: there was more than one) and look across the inlet, pondering the fate of the last to cross the channel.
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Here's an easy hike near Deltona that'll get you out in the woods for an hour - a warmup to a much more extensive trail system at Palm Bluff.
The 2.2 mile White Trail at Palm Bluff Conservation Area near Deltona provides a sampling of habitats found in the sweep of landscapes in this 3,321 acre preserve.
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An amazing natural phenomenon that caught us by surprise on our morning walk yesterday along the Sanford Riverwalk   #rainbow   #fogbow   #Sanford   #refraction  
It's not often you find yourself inside an unusual natural phenomenon. The perfect combo of fog, sun, and the St. Johns River wrapped us in a fogbow along the Sanford Riverwalk.
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Our next book will be released this fall. A 196 page full-color coffee table book, it commemorates 50 years of the Florida Trail. Learn more here.
The Florida Trail: Florida's National Scenic Trail is a coffee table book recounting the past, present, and future of the Florida Trail and the Florida Trail Association in their 50th year
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New to hiking? Here's a step-by-step primer on getting outdoors in Florida.
New to hiking? Ease yourself into the outdoors step-by-step with this primer on how to get comfortable with getting outside to enjoy Florida's natural beauty.
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In case you're wondering why we've been so quiet for the past month
Sometimes, life gives you pause. That happened a month ago for us, when a planned two weeks in the Panhandle morphed into a need to be with family.
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Pretty cool for Florida, the Florida Trail, and us!
The Florida Trail App has won a Silver Award in the Travel App category of The North American Travel Journalists Association annual journalism travel awards.
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An amazing natural phenomenon that takes just the right conditions to make it happen - and I lucked into it on a very strenuous day of hiking. #rainbow   #rainbowswamp   #swampthings   #floridahikes   #floridatrail  
A perfect combination of cold weather, blue skies, and winter in a North Florida cypress swamp let us happen upon two instances of rainbow swamps on a hike in the Osecola Experimental Forest. Does that make a double rainbow?
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Well, this is certainly exciting! It'll be close enough to us to stop in weekly and and say hi.   #backpacking   #florida   #optoutside  
Big news for Central Florida backpackers! REI has announced that they'll be opening their second Florida store in the spring of 2017 in Winter Park Village on 17/92.
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We stumbled across this brand-new trail system in north Brevard County yesterday - miles to roam!
Straddling the sandy uplands of the Atlantic Coastal Ridge, Scottsmoor Flatwoods Sanctuary protects 1,500 acres of flatwoods, scrub, and wetlands in North Brevard while offering more than 6 miles of hiking.
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Remember to play safe outdoors this time of year by wearing plenty of bright orange.
Fall is a fabulous time for hiking in Florida, but you need to be aware that you may be sharing the trails with hunters, too. Here's how to find out where, and where you can go where hunting is not permitted.
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  • Freelance writer & author
    Self-employed wordsmith, 1995 - present
  • USDA Forest Service
    Webmaster / Contractor, 2009 - 2011
  • Florida Trail Association
    Communications Director, 2003 - 2008
  • Fiserv
    Technical Writer, 2000 - 2002
  • Premier Technologies
    Systems Analyst / Project Manager, 1997 - 1999
  • United Way of Allegheny County
    Systems Analyst, 1992 - 1997
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Ocala, FL - Pittsburgh, PA - Orlando, FL - West Milford, NJ
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Love the outdoors? Nature? Parks? Trails? So do I. If I'm not outside enjoying them, I'm inside writing about them. 
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Florida's hiking expert and author of 29 books (with #30 & #31 in progress)
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  • University of Pittsburgh
    Information Science, 1993
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Fall in Florida | Florida Hikes!
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Your guide to Florida's outdoors, by Sandra Friend, Florida's hiking expert, and her co-author John Keatley, covering the Florida Trail and

Chasing rainbows: Florida springs protection
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Your guide to Florida's outdoors, by Sandra Friend, Florida's hiking expert, and her co-author John Keatley, covering the Florida Trail and

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Roseate spoonbill
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Florida black bear
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Florida Hikes eNews 12/5/13: On the Move
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On the Move. It's Day 16 on the road for us in South Florida. After wrapping up a successful Big O Hike - with John among the 25 finishing t

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The Big O: Going the Distance | Florida Hikes!
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Florida Hikes eHike: FT Lakeport to Moore Haven
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One of the pieces of the Big O Hike that I've done many times over - it's one of the shortest, and usually falls on Thanksgiving Day - the F

Florida Trail, Cross Florida Greenway | Florida Hikes!
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Florida Hikes eNews 1/18/2013
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Along for the Ride. I got a call from John from the trail. He was hurting, and more than a little shaken by getting run off the road by an o

Florida Hikes eHike: Myakka River Canopy Walk
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Last December, I was attending the funeral of a friend in Southwest Florida and made the time to stop at a handful of trails on my long jour

Circling Lake Okeechobee: The 'Big Water' Beckons Anglers and Landlubber...
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The most prominent feature on a Florida map, Lake Okeechobee is the rural heart of South Florida. Surrounded by vast cattle ranches and suga

Florida Hikes eHike: Buck Lake CA East Loop
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It's hiking season again, and I'm currently in the thick of putting together a large amount of information on hiking in the Orlando area. As

Florida Hikes eNews 10/5/2012
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Welcome to hiking season! I don't know if you were as fortunate as we were to enjoy some mornings in the upper 60s-mid 70s this past week, b

Guide to the Big O Hike | Florida Hikes!
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Find a Hiking Trail | Florida Hikes!
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Spiderwebs and fog | Florida Hikes!
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Hiking to Happahatchee | Florida Hikes!
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