Ed Talone: Best in Class

I have tossed around the term “hiker extraordinaire” to compliment some of my long-distance hiking friends, but now I have to inform them that I have uncovered a “best in class.” Or perhaps I should just create a different class. …

Trouble on the Kissimmee River

I want to share disconcerting news received this week from Sandra Friend about Florida government agencies that have signed on to support the Florida Trail, backing out of commitments to the trail by claiming other priorities. What follows are two …

The Saloon Door Story

I have a trail story for you ….. In 1978 the American Hiking Society, newly formed, wanted to make some sort of grand appearance in the political arena. I was the founding president of this new organization. We had a …

The 50th Year of the Florida Trail

Tomorrow begins the NEW YEAR, the 50th year since the founding of the Florida Trail and the Florida Trail Association. A lot of activities are planned throughout the year. Be sure to check the Florida Trail Association website www.floridatrail.org from time-to-time …

Enjoy the Outdoors!

Walk the woods, Hike the hills, Backpack the back country. It’s not just healthy, it’s the best exercise! We’ve been doing it since we first began hunting and gathering. • No demands on the environment • Consumes only your body’s …

First Board Meeting, 7 Nov 15

I held a meeting of the board of Friends of the Florida Trail at my house on Saturday, November 7, and included another dozen invited guests, all hikers and backpackers. We spoke briefly about how to better market the Florida …

Trail Detours

Imagine barreling down an Interstate on your way up north and coming to huge signs that say “I-95 ends in one mile” and then getting shunted off to a two-lane county road. I was talking with Ryan Smart, President of …

WINTHROP PACKARD, FLORIDA TRAILS

The sweetgum tree fills the swampy ground along the St. Johns “branches” and sheds its maple-like leaves in December. Sailing up the broad river you may trace the swampy spots now by the soft gray of bare twigs of the …

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

“We were bred of earth before we were born of our mothers. Once born, we can live without mother or father, or any other kin, or any friend, or any human love. We cannot live without the earth or apart …

Wanted: A Grant for the Trail

It is hard to believe that at my age I have never written a grant proposal.  How is it that I have started a half-dozen non-profits and never done so? I have turned to friends with like interests and they …