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Everglades Camping Trip - April 2009


Jenny and I were going to head down to South Florida to attend my family's Passover dinner and we decided to combine that with a camping trip. Being spring break, most of the popular state parks were jammed, but we found a nice spot in a sparsely populated campground in the isolated Everglades National Park at the southern tip of the Florida peninsula. We also made a brief stop en route from the Everglades to Ft. Lauderdale at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park on Key Largo, which turned out to be a zoo, as expected.

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Northwest Passage II - January 2009


It was my bright idea to hike in both Wekiwa Springs State Park and Rock Springs Run State Reserve. Only thing is, they're separated by a river. Nevertheless, troupers that they are, Jenny, RD, and Cosmo agreed to my plan. On the coldest day of the year, we did an approximately 8.5 mile hike, including fording the intervening stream.

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Longleaf Pines Preserve (reprise) - January 2009


Our hiking group did not have enough of Longleaf, so we went back. This time, we did the 11-mile linear trail from the east trailhead to the west. Of course, those who did not read my preview were not aware that there would be a half-mile of slogging through standing water. Nevertheless, everybody made it.

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Longleaf Pines Preserve - January 2009


It was a glorious day for a hike -- spring weather in Central Florida. Jenny, RD, and I did a nice six mile hike in one of Volusia County's newest public areas.

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Hontoon Island State Park - December 2008


"This is not mid-December weather!" Well, it was 80 degrees and the sun was shining. One couldn't have asked for a better day for a short hike around Hontoon Island, visiting the shell mound and just generally having a nice stroll in the park. Hontoon Island has no fees, and there is free shuttle service across the St. Johns River.

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Seminole State Forest - October 2008


Because my hiking buddies all had something better to do, I took a solo hike through Seminole State Forest on this mild, sunny fall day, combining Geocache maintenance with a nature walk. I did about 10 miles through lots of different types of ecosystems.

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North Carolina - July 2008


Summer is heat stroke time in Central Florida. Thus, Jenny and I decided to escape the heat for a few days in the mountains of North Carolina, hiking and enjoying the scenery in the Linville Gorge and the Black Mountains.

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Pennsylvania - June 2008


I took a two-week vacation in June, traveling to the old homeland of Pennsylvania, where I had grown up. Thanks to the generous offer of his sister's camp by RD, I stayed in northwestern PA for several days in the heart of the Allegheny National Forest, then traveled east to the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, and finally, mooched a week's lodging off old friends Joe and Judy in the Pottsville area in northeastern PA. I did a lot of hiking, seeing a lot of waterfalls and mountain laurel. Here are the pictures!

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DuPuis WMA - March 2008


So listen up. Jenny and I had a camping weekend planned in the Everglades, but that blew up in our faces because of some ranger machinations, so we chose the DuPuis Wildlife Management Area near Lake Okeechobee, where we frolicked instead.

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Torreya State Park - January 2008


Jenny and I were going to camp at Torreya State Park for a few nights, but bitter cold, windy weather moved in just as we were arriving there in the Florida Panhandle, west of Tallahassee. So, we lodged in comfort and did our hiking in the daytime, for the most part. (Updated with Jenny's pictures on January 13, 2008.)

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St. George Island - January 2008


While the original plan was to spend all our time at Torreya, we decided to split our time between Torreya and St. George Island State Park. It was too damn cold for primitive camping at Torreya, but by the time we got to St. George, the weather was terrific. Thus, we spent two nights doing primitive camping there, at St. George Island, a barrier island in Apalachicola Bay, the Gulf of Mexico. It was a nice change of scenery and circumstances. (Updated with Jenny's photos on January 13, 2008.)

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Merritt Island NWR - December 2007


On a cool morning in December, the group went forth to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge to see the birds. Only thing was that the group consisted of Jenny and me because everybody else bailed out! This is the last hike before Christmas, so Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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