“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)”

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”

Caraway Cemetery at Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area

This is an interesting site I explored in Alachua County known as Caraway Cemetery. It is most likely that this cemetery belonged to the family long ago dating back to the early to mid-1900’s. They would’ve had a homestead near the cemetery as most families did back in those times. Today the area is partContinue reading “Caraway Cemetery at Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area”

Ranch House Ruins at Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area

One of my favorite places to explore is Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area. It is a vast and scenic wilderness with many layers of history throughout. The preserve borders the St. Johns River which has a rich Native American Indian history and many Indian Mounds were documented around the area. In later times during the earlyContinue reading “Ranch House Ruins at Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area”

Turpentine History at Goethe State Forest

Over the years I have been exploring the woods of Goethe State Forest located in Levy County. There is a rich history here along with a scenic wilderness to roam. I always seem to find something new there when I visit, everything from old homestead sites, to railroad history and even an old gravesite. RecentlyContinue reading “Turpentine History at Goethe State Forest”