We’re back on the Florida National Scenic Trail, this time on a new section along the Choctawhatchee River. Thanks to the Choctawhatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association for helping us out, and to Bruce Varner and Caroling Geary (of Wholeo.net) for providing photos and video of trail construction.
Tallahassee’s Hot Tamale composed some new music for this video. Thanks again Craig and Adrian for all you do for us!
Our hike by the Choctawhatchee River brims with newness. It’s not just that we get to hike a recently completed section of the Florida National Scenic Trail. That is, of course, pretty cool. That new trail takes us through recently burned forest, the beginning of a cycle of renewal in the longleaf ecosystem. Also, we’re passing through the Nokuse Plantation, where a massive restoration project is making the forest new again. It’s a nice coming together of environmental and recreational upgrades in Walton County.
A family of three is on a mission to see how far away they can get from people. They are Remote Footprints. Today, the Means family leads us into the Bradwell Bay Wilderness, our remotest local area.
Music in the video was composed by Hot Tamale, who just happen to be this weeks musical guest on Local Routes.
Rob Diaz de VillegasWFSU Media
The most surprising moment of our remote adventure didn’t happen in the swamp, or in the forest, but in front of a computer. Rebecca Means clicked a check box, and all of our area roads loaded onto her map. Our rural, forested Big Bend of Florida wasn’t as open as I had thought. Continue reading →
Watch and listen: what does a Wilderness sound like at night?
Rob Diaz de VillegasWFSU-TV
It seems like a good premise for a movie: Under a full moon, on Friday the thirteenth, a group of people wander in the Wilderness. You could be a part of this movie on Friday, June 13 (8 pm), as Haven Cook of the U.S. Forest Service leads a hike into the Bradwell Bay Wilderness. It’s one of a series of events being held in the Apalachicola National Forest to celebrate 50 years of the Wilderness Act. Passed in 1964, the act designated certain protected areas as Wilderness.
So how is a Wilderness any different than any other protected land? We are surrounded by the Apalachicola National Forest, St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, Wildlife Management Areas, state parks, and large greenways. There are some waterways near here where you could spend hours and not see many signs of civilization. It’s already plenty wild around here, right? Continue reading →
Winter came and went; only it seems to not have ever really arrived. Hiking is an activity best enjoyed during the cooler months, when there are less biting insects on the trails. We shot this segment at what should have been the end of hiking season, at the end of March. What we found on the Aucilla Sinks segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail, however, were Summer temperatures, unrelenting mosquitos, and scores of white spotted ticks- the ones that carry the nasty stuff. You know what, though? We still had fun. Continue reading →
Sawtooth palmetto lining a natural levy above the Sopchoppy River.
I was walking with my wife the other day and I asked her, “Did Tallahassee always have so much fall foliage?” She assured me it did. I guess I remember seeing red and yellow leaves in past fall seasons, just not so widespread. Ever since I went with Kent Wimmer to shoot a dimensions segment on the Florida National Scenic Trail, I can’t help but notice it everywhere. You don’t get vast expanses of orange and red, like you do in New England. Instead, we get these great red and gold highlights popping out of the green. Why had I not been paying more attention to it before? I guess, just like with the salt marshes that had looked like “just a bunch of grass” to me, I don’t always notice a good thing until I get a camera on it. Continue reading →