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An unusual series of finds adds up to one conclusion: Lake City is a magnet for collectors of antique auto ephemera.
It takes a real car guy to find these offbeat treasure troves of auto-related antiques scattered around the quiet little city of Lake City in North Florida.
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Florida, we have a crisis: it's simply not right for a city to make long-term development plans based on the taking of conservation land set aside in the public trust.
Our opinion: why DeBary's plans to take a portion of the Gemini Springs Addition for economic development is wrong on so many levels, and what you can do to express your concern.
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It would be a shame to destroy such a beautiful landscape. 
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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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I am soooo jealous!
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One of the more offbeat places to go looking for on Key West.
A preserve along the historic Key West Salt Ponds, Little Hamaca Park has a boardwalk and footpath leading through a cross-section of the island's habitats.
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Reminds me of the Boardwalk in Vernon, NJ
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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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  • 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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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

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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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