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Conservation Park

Professor Google rescued me once again. I’ve visited so many of my nearby state parks, and so often, that I really wanted to find someplace new. Perusing the Florida National Trails website, I found just what I wanted. A local park (with an hour’s drive), and a hidden gem. If you don’t know where this…

milligans

No trespassing

I got busted this weekend. When I set out of for my photo hike, I decided to just drive around looking for interesting stuff. That means old buildings, abandoned buildings. There is an old gas station near Crestview. I’ve stopped there many… many times. Saturday, while I was circling around, trying to get different angles…

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Longleaf Pines

Whenever I drive through Santa Rosa Beach, along scenic Highway 30A, I pass a sign, “for trail parking.” Until today, I thought that was for the bike trail that runs parallel to the highway. My daughter and I are planning a day-long bike ride soon, so I decided to check out the site. To my…

crystalbeach

The beach is back

Finally! I have my beaches back! My first weekend with room to actually roam, and I had Crystal Beach and parts of the National Seashore all to myself. There are still a few stragglers, but the beaches in Destin and Fort Walton were gloriously sparse. The seagulls were even slightly less vermin-y. There is a small…

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Yarn over, pull through

R.A.I.N. is now a four-letter word around here. I worry that my fingers and toes are beginning to grow webbing. Rising waters, thunder and lightning, and all around ennui again trapped me indoors much of the week.  August alone had about 8 inches of precipitation – average rainfall for August is only a quarter of…

lightingcandles

All God’s creatures

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi I tried venturing back to the beach this weekend, but there are still more people than seagulls. More than once…

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Excitement abounds

Snake and Spider Warning! I truly love where I live. It’s a beautiful part of America and I thoroughly enjoy my weekly hikes where I can explore some of the hidden treasures that most people don’t see. When people think of Florida, either the House of Mouse or beaches are the first thing people imagine.…