Author Archives: Julie Dodd

Cable handrail on Alum Cave Trail

Rainy hike to Mt. Le Conte

Clouds, rain and thunderstorms. That wasn’t the weather I would have requested for hiking, but that was the weather we had for hiking Alum Cave Trail to Mt. Le Conte to spend the night at LeConte Lodge. And when hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, rain always is a possibility, especially in the […]

running at Lake Powell

Celebrating running on Global Running Day

I didn’t know it was Global Running Day until hours after I’d run. I’d run because, well, that’s what I do most days. I’ve been running about three or four days a week for more than 30 years. [For years, I was running six days a week, but I’ve incorporated more cross training with cycling, […]

Florida Earthskills Gathering 2017

Peacemaking: Cultivating peaceful interactions all the time

Peacemaking That was the title of the class that caught my attention as I looked through the classes being offered at the Florida Earthskills Gathering. Yes, there were other interesting classes – from Natural Dyeing to Knot Tying to Healing with Water. But peacemaking spoke to me. That’s what led to me sitting in a […]

Improv Acting class - University of Florida

Teacher Appreciation Week: Top teaching assistants demonstrate teaching strategies

Teacher Appreciation Week reminds us to think about the many wonderful teachers we’ve had and how they have contributed to our academic and personal development. I’m also thinking of what it takes to be one of those memorable teachers. As a member of the University of Florida’s Graduate Student Teacher Awards Committee, I have the […]

tree tops

Tree leaves provide different looks for nature trail

What a remarkable day in May for Florida. The weather system that caused the closing of roads in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to fallen trees and the possibility of snow on mountain tops brought a beautiful day to Florida. Cool temperatures and enough breeze to mean no insects. A great day to check out […]

bike handlebars

Celebrating Earth Day by cycling on Hawthorne Trail

Earth Day was just the day to renew my Florida State Park card and then put it to use by visiting one of the nearby state parks to cycle on the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail. The trail is a converted railroad track that goes through woods and prairie and includes a few hills. I saw pileated woodpeckers, […]

Barcelona Olympic track

Running on the Barcelona Olympic track — my goal

“What’s something special you’d like to do in Barcelona?” That was the question I was asked by my travel companions as we planned our time in Barcelona. I remembered watching the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, with a flaming arrow being shot to light the Olympic torch at the Olympic Stadium and the majestic views of […]