Category environment

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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 […]

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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, […]

Wildfires sweep through GSMNP & Gatlinburg – loss of lives, property and wildlife

2016 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. National Parks across the country have been celebrating and having record-setting attendance. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has the distinction of being the most visited of the 59 national parks, with more than 10 million visitors annually. The second most visited park is the […]

Earth Hour provides case study for media writing class

When I checked Twitter on my iPhone this morning, I found non-stop twittering about today’s Earth Hour, which challenges everyone to turn off the lights for an hour starting at 8:30 p.m. The tweets are filled with individual pledges, reports of people playing board games by candlelight, and photos of lighted and then darkened buildings. […]

Hiking inspiration: Margaret Stevenson was a regular on the trails to Mt. Le Conte

Margaret Stevenson hiked to Mt. Le Conte 718 times. Most of those trips were day hikes, with her hiking up and down (at least 10 miles). She was the first woman to hike all 900 miles of trails in the Smokies — which she completed when she was 64. In my hikes to Mt. Le […]

One source can = many story ideas

After spending the afternoon with Mickie MacKenzie when she was a speaker in my classes, I was ready to grab my reporter’s notebook and iPod (with microphone) and go cover some of the stories she talked about. “The story” that she was in class to talk about was the Great American Cleanup event for Alachua […]