Category Nature

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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 […]

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 […]

Flooding impacts homeowners & University of Iowa

I’m at the University of Iowa for the annual board meeting of Quill and Scroll, the International Honor Society for High School Journalists. Before the meeting started, I had time to run on Edgewater Drive (in Coralville just outside of Iowa City), which is downhill from the hotel where the board members are staying. As […]

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 […]