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Lived in Ocala, FL
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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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Working feverishly to finish our BIG upgrade to the Florida Hikes! website. I'll be glad to get away from tech and back to writing by next week! Sneak peek...
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The skies opened immediately after I finished the Starvation Slough roadwalk. Thank goodness for a picnic shelter!
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Next week is the start of the Big O Hike, Florida's longest-running hiking event ... see you there! http://www.floridahikes.com/big-o-hike
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John proves the value of the shirt-pocket sized Sawyer Mini water filter after trying it at Farles Lake.
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Wading across the outflow of Starvation Slough, with backpacks on
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A ponderous moment on my Florida Trail roadwalk last week
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Just back from 21 days on the road: hiking and exploring natural areas from Florida to Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Mississippi, for future articles. Check my Flickr page for images from the trip! 
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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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Connecting Travelers with Nature
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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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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

Blog
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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

Roseate spoonbill
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Inspiration | Information | Outdoors

Florida black bear
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Inspiration | Information | Outdoors

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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العربية, Български, Català, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, UK English, US English, Ελληνικά, Español - España, Español - Latinoamerica, suomi, Fil

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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Big O Hike | Florida Hikes!
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Excellent catfish, big salads, and the best hand-battered fried mushrooms you'll ever have. Love the fish camp ambiance amid the cypresses on the Withlacoochee River, too - but the food is THE reason to come here.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
A last-minute decision to stop here while doing travel research brought a real surprise: a busy budget hotel in tip-top condition. The room was in the condition I always hope for: clean, quiet, and not musty. It was a busy weekend, so the rates were high ($75) for this hotel class since everyone else around them was booked. We enjoyed a quiet night's sleep and a decent continental breakfast (waffles, fruit, yogurt, juice) in the AM.
Quality: ExcellentFacilities: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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I've been coming here for "breakfast all day" for the past 10 years any time I pass through town, and love it. The Trash Plate is the local's favorite, but give me anything with eggs and potatoes and their perfect bacon, and I'm happy!
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