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Time to get those kids outdoors now that school is out!
 
Grab some ideas for summer adventures for Great Outdoors Month #getoutdoors  http://floridahikes.com/great-outdoors-month
Celebrate summer in Florida during Great Outdoors Month with an outdoor adventure! Here's a group of adventures and destinations we think make for great summer fun.
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A reminder that tomorrow is National Trails Day! #getoutdoors
Tomorrow, June 6, is National Trails Day, a nationwide celebration of America's trails as coordinated by the American Hiking Society. Here are our top picks for events held in Florida to celebrate our trails.
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We've relaunched our Orlando page on Florida Hikes to make it easier to find places to explore the outdoors. Take a look!
Orlando is one of Florida's best places to get outdoors and play, with not only a large quantity of hiking trails but superb quality as well.
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Today's the last day to enter our Florida's Fall Colors photo contest! See the entries and details here.
With cooler temperatures brushing across our landscape, fall paints Florida in a sweep of subtle shades. See entries from our Florida's Fall Color photo contest.
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If you're headed for the Caribbean, use protection: mosquito protection. http://floridahikes.com/chikungunya-fever
A mosquito-borne disease, Chikungunya fever was first identified in 1952 in Tanzania. In recent years it has spread prolifically throughout the Caribbean. It has no known cure, and it is now present in Florida.
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Great news! Sanford now has a 7.1-mile hiking loop with a primitive campsite. However, you may want to wait until fall to try an overnighter.
After another long closure, Black Bear Wilderness Area - one of Sanford's most beautiful and wildlife-rich hikes - has reopened, this time with a new 7.1-mile loop trail in place.
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Get to know Titusville's reach beyond space with outdoor recreation by hiking, biking, and paddling: our featured destination this month on FloridaHikes.com
A central point for outdoor recreation along the St. Johns River and the Indian River Lagoon, Titusville is surrounded by natural lands with hiking, paddling, and bike trails.
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Celebrating Florida Trail thru-hiker season this week! Here's a preview of what's in store.
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Just thinking about the Grand Tap as Cousin Gertie, who introduced us to it two years ago, passed away this weekend. She'll be missed by her family AND her family at the Grand Tap, that's for sure.
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Experience the beauty of Morrison Springs: http://floridahikes.com/morrison-springs-park
Surrounded by a rim of old growth cypress, Morrison Springs isn't open for swimming but can be enjoyed with a walk around the park or a paddle up the spring run.
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Sharing my article on Florida Springs Protection Month and a lifetime of watching Rainbow Springs degrade
April is Florida Springs Protection Month, according to our state agencies. A walk through Rainbow Springs State Park confirms that as beautiful as they look, the springs are not in good health.
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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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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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    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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