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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, […]

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 […]

Rhododendron in snow, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Hiking in snow

I had planned to be writing a blog post today for the Friends of the Smokies blog about the March Classic Hike of the Smokies. But the hike was postponed until later in March due to inclement weather – with US Highway 441/Newfound Gap Road closed due to snow and ice and with other roads and […]

De-stress: Run, bike Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail

I just received my Hike 100 Challenge pin in the mail. The pins were sent to the more than 2,300 hikers who completed the Smokies Hike 100 Challenge in 2016 as part of the Centenniel Celebration of the National Park Service. I’m so glad I could be part of that hiking experience. I love hiking […]

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Heimlich maneuver: Dr. Henry Heimlich’s special gift to us

Now is the time of year when many of us have been looking for those last special gifts for family and friends. This blog post is a reminder that we all have the potential to receive a special gift from Dr. Henry Heimlich — the ability to save someone’s life or to have our own life saved. The Heimlich […]

Achieving GSMNP Hike 100 Challenge

I’ve accomplished the Hike 100 Challenge! I reached the 100th mile during a hike to Andrews Bald, near Clingman’s Dome, the highest peak in the Tennessee portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Reds and yellows of trees and bushes provided color along the trail, and the bald was surrounded by mountains showing fall […]

llamas, llama wrangler, Mt. LeConte, LeConte Lodge

Specialized skills can help you get a job

A recent hike to LeConte Lodge, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, illustrated the specialized skills that jobs can involve. At dinner one night, three of the people at my table were visiting the lodge as part of an environmental impact assessment. The three had to hike about 11 miles roundtrip to Mt. LeConte, […]