Update from Off The Beaten Path

Hi I hope that everyone is doing well! I wanted to check in with an update here since I haven’t posted in awhile. I have been keeping busy with exploring and making videos for my YouTube channel “Florida Trailblazer”. I hope that you have been enjoying the places I have been sharing about, stay tunedContinue reading “Update from Off The Beaten Path”

“Florida Trailblazer” Featured in Lutz, Land O’ Lakes and Wesley Chapel Magazines in Pasco County, Florida

I am honored and extremely grateful to be featured in the September 2019 issues of Wesley Chapel, Lutz and Land O’ Lakes Magazines distributed in Pasco County, Florida. Pasco County is a local stomping ground for me where there are many wilderness areas and historical sites to see and learn about. So over the yearsContinue reading ““Florida Trailblazer” Featured in Lutz, Land O’ Lakes and Wesley Chapel Magazines in Pasco County, Florida”

St. Francis Trail in Ocala National Forest (St. Francis Ghost Town)

I enjoy exploring the St. Francis Trail in Ocala National Forest it leads you through a scenic wilderness and to a historical ghost town site. There is a kiosk at the trailhead that describes some of the history on the town. Today the town is long gone and nature has reclaimed the area. Walking throughContinue reading “St. Francis Trail in Ocala National Forest (St. Francis Ghost Town)”

Old Homestead Site in Goethe State Forest

On this adventure I explored an old homestead site that is now part of Goethe State Forest located in Levy County. There is a lot of history here along with a scenic wilderness so I always enjoy visiting. I’ve seen everything from railroad, ranching and turpentine history here. So it seems like there is anContinue reading “Old Homestead Site in Goethe State Forest”

Abandoned Homestead Site in The Green Swamp (Part One)

Over the years I have explored many areas of The Green Swamp Preserve located in central, Florida. It is a scenic and vast place that spans 4 counties so there is a lot to explore. The area is rich in history as well so I enjoy learning about and tracking down of that kind ofContinue reading “Abandoned Homestead Site in The Green Swamp (Part One)”

Florida Trailblazer Podcast (Episode 1)

I have been working on lots of new projects for Florida Trailblazer and one of them involves a podcast. It is something I actually had in mind to do for a long while now but it wasn’t until recently that I began putting it together. It is still a work in progress and will evolveContinue reading “Florida Trailblazer Podcast (Episode 1)”

Hull-Smith Cemetery in Ocala National Forest

During the 1800’s many families and early settlers had homesteads and cemeteries throughout Florida. I have been visiting a lot of these old cemeteries over the years and some are in better conditions than others. One of the areas I have visited recently is now part of Ocala National Forest and there are several oldContinue reading “Hull-Smith Cemetery in Ocala National Forest”

Abandoned Girl Scout Camp in Withlacoochee State Forest (Camp Withlacoochee)

I always enjoy exploring in Withlacoochee State Forest, there is a lot of amazing nature to experience and some interesting history to discover along the way as well. On this adventure I took a journey to an area that used to be a a Girl Scout camp during the 1960’s. It may not sound thatContinue reading “Abandoned Girl Scout Camp in Withlacoochee State Forest (Camp Withlacoochee)”

Old Steamboat Landing and Indian Mound in Ocala National Forest (Historical Davenport Landing)

Ocala National Forest has a rich history, it is a beautiful and vast place to explore. One of my favorite places there is along the Ocklawaha River where an old steamboat landing existed in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. The area today is known as Historical Davenport Landing it was just one of many stopsContinue reading “Old Steamboat Landing and Indian Mound in Ocala National Forest (Historical Davenport Landing)”

Gordon Grade at Lower Hillsborough Preserve

Exploring in the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve near Cow House Creek I followed what appears to be an old railroad grade or logging tram. It is listed on a map from 1934 as “Gordon Grade” and it crossed over Cow House Creek. I could see part of the grade still elevated by one of theContinue reading “Gordon Grade at Lower Hillsborough Preserve”