The Swamp Comes Alive in Spring

The weather was pleasantly cool and breezy; a good day for day-hiking. Since many trails in northeastern Florida remain flooded, I opted to walk the elevated trails at Sweetwater Wetlands. Water levels being high, the park’s dry basins had filled. Alligators of all sizes took advantage of the expanded habitat. One young gator amused visitorsContinue reading “The Swamp Comes Alive in Spring”

Theodore Roosevelt Area trails at Fort Caroline

There are three trailheads crossing the Theodore Roosevelt Area adjoining Fort Caroline: Paved lot at Fort Caroline National Memorial (12713 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville FL). Restrooms. Picnic area. Paved lot opposite the entrance to Fort Caroline. No facilities. Unpaved lot at Willie Browne Trailhead (13303 Mount Pleasant Road). Restrooms. Today I walked from the WillieContinue reading “Theodore Roosevelt Area trails at Fort Caroline”

Birding and Hiking Season Begins at GTM Reserve

After a searing summer and months of heavy rainfall, it’s finally cool enough to go birding again. At sunrise, I arrived at one my favorite locations, GTM Reserve (official name Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve) in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida . Below are photos from the orange and yellow trails. Usually, the orange-trailContinue reading “Birding and Hiking Season Begins at GTM Reserve”