Luncheon Blog

FFT Luncheon – 12.5.16

About a month ago Laura Abel, our digital-media consultant, said, “FFT.org and HTA.org are up and running.  We now have interactive websites for hikers to use.  They can register their names and e-mail addresses so that we can enroll them …

Warrior Hikes Guest Blog from Daniel Caballero

We are welcoming guest bloggers and are pleased to be associated with Daniel Caballero (FT Class of 2016-Warrior Hike) of Warrior Expeditions.   By: Daniel Caballero As a veteran who served as a Combat Infantryman in the U.S. Army, sometimes …

Warrior Hikes – 11.9.16

While Sean Gobin was under fire in Afghanistan, he imagined himself taking a long hike to transition from a war zone to a settled life back home. Once back in the States he followed through, bought some hiking equipment and …

An Update from Jim Kern

Lots happening, all of it good. On September 20, Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a resolution at his cabinet meeting, praising the Florida Trail Association for 50 years of constructing and maintaining the Florida Trail. We have been working most …

Travels on the Florida Trail in the Panhandle

Let me tell you about a beautiful part of Florida most Floridians have never heard of and fewer still have seen. I’m talking about the rivers and streams that flow south out of Georgia and Alabama across the Florida panhandle …

A Meeting With Adam Putnam

About a year ago a cattle rancher in Central Florida informed me that Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam, intended to run for governor in the next cycle. I have also heard people say the same thing in Tallahassee. In the …

Big City Mountaineers

This is a short story about a young lady named Amy Tam. In 1989, my son Drew, a real estate associate of mine, Jerry Gault, and I took a disadvantaged teen from downtown Miami on a high-adventure backpacking trip in …

Letter to Governor Rick Scott

Dear Governor Scott: Two million people set foot on the Appalachian Trail last year, which is only one of 11 National Scenic Trails. How many people enjoyed all 11, we have no idea. The Florida Trail is one of these …

Brainstorming

Chuck O’Neal, Marty Sullivan, Dierdre Macnab, and Jim Kern brainstorm Florida Trail issues.  Dave Bewley from Sarasota opined that support for completing the Florida Trail from the two biggest agricultural interests in Florida, cattle and citrus, could help tremendously in …