great outdoors

Opportunities plentiful in the great outdoors

Opportunities plentiful in the great outdoors

June was tabbed Great Outdoors Month in Florida by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The month was designated to highlight the opportunities available and the benefits of being outdoors. “Our staff works tirelessly to protect and preserve Florida’s environment, and I encourage everyone to spend more time outside enjoying natural Florida,” Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah […]

Parks and Rec month offers opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy nature

Parks and Rec month offers opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy nature

National Parks and Recreation Month was first celebrated more than 30 years ago. It offers people a chance to explore all that parks, both state and local, have to offer. “It’s an opportunity to come out and just explore our parks,” said Corliss Castro, a park ranger at Blackwater River State Park. Read the full […]

In remembrance: Nanninga’s final journey on the Appalachian Trail

In remembrance: Nanninga’s final journey on the Appalachian Trail

As fall approached, Jim Nanninga was eager to complete his mission of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. Derailed by an ankle injury last November after hiking more than 1,200 miles of the 2,180-mile trail over the course of three months, he rested and recovered and rolled out of Fort Walton Beach Sept. 6 via Greyhound […]

Never-ending work along the Florida Trail

Never-ending work along the Florida Trail

Ed Williamson had no idea the Florida Trail existed, at least not until a chance encounter with people from the Western Gate Chapter of the Florida Trail Association. He came across a booth at an Earth Day event in Pensacola and the rest is history. “I was curious about it and asked some questions and […]

Camping still worth enjoying in the winter months

Camping still worth enjoying in the winter months

Missy Smothers used to work at Denali National Park in Alaska, where camping isn’t exactly among the most popular activities in winter months. Yet, the story is different in Florida and other warm weather climates, where many still flock to area parks in their recreational vehicles or set up their tents in order to enjoy […]

Navarre Beach named a ‘Hidden Gem’ getaway

Navarre Beach named a ‘Hidden Gem’ getaway

TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest travel sites, has listed Navarre Beach on a list of 10 Affordable Hidden Gem getaways for the winter season. The TripAdvisor website says of the list, “TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals has rounded up 10 super affordable US getaways this winter for staying in a rental, many of which are worthy […]