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Hiking the A.T. – 2013

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Published on: March 19, 2013

Over the next few weeks, hundreds of backpackers will be starting their northward journey to Maine from Springer Mountain in northern Georgia.  Many have been planning for years, and quite a few have started blogs to share their adventure.  Below are a few links that I’ve come across to hike vicariously through them.  It’s a good way to get a feel for the adventure and the trials along the way.  Enjoy.

 

http://wanderingthewild.com/

http://kaletrail.com/

http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=14390

http://withthewind2013.blogspot.com/

http://www.trailjournals.com/half-life

http://nobo13.blogspot.com/

‘Hobo Nick’ Walks Across the U.S., starts in Jacksonville

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Published on: October 5, 2012

A man who calls himself ‘Hobo Nick’ has just completed the walk from Jacksonville to Huntington Beach, CA.  The trip was 2,500 miles and took 178 days.  After quitting his job and selling his possessions, he choose to essentially be homeless during his journey, “living in the moment”.  Read the article with links and video here.

Paddlers Complete 320-Mile Trek up the St. Johns River

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Published on: June 14, 2012

Sixteen days and almost 320 miles after taking their first paddle strokes at the beginning of the St. Johns River, just one thing stood between them and their final destination two miles away: A looming, lowering thunderstorm over Mayport.

It threatened for a half hour or so Tuesday, then hit at 2:55 p.m., bringing lightning, whitecaps and sideways rain. Twenty minutes later it blew past, and Ty Miller, Ryan Barber and Courtney Harasz readied their stand-up paddleboards for one more leg of their trip, headed for where the river hits the ocean. (more…)

Lost Ships of St. Augustine

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Published on: May 24, 2012

Learn more about the lost ships of St. Augustine as the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program hosts Archaeo Tours, a 90-minute tour into parts of the historic light station and maritime archaeology laboratory facilities.

The tours are guided by a lighthouse archaeologist who explores the ships wrecked off the coast of the nation’s oldest port. The tours include information on how archaeologists excavate each underwater site as they find artifacts untouched by human hands for centuries.

Information on “Storm Wreck,” the program’s most recently excavated shipwreck, is also part of the tour as is an insider’s look at how these artifacts are conserved.

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Mountain Biking (Not in Florida)

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Published on: May 15, 2012

And now for something completely different.  If you’re into biking along the first coast, this might make it seem just a little simpler.  Marcelo Gutierrez descended 2,000 meters (1,000 steps on this trail) in 4 minutes and 27 seconds.  Enjoy.

A Modern Day Robinson Crusoe

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Published on: April 27, 2012

 

This is a neat story for anyone who’s ever dreamed of living quietly on a tropical island…

Thanks to one man’s dedication and love, the beauty and wonder of an island in the Seychelles will be around for years to come, the Daily Mail reports. (more…)

Sierra Club Trail Explorer App

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Published on: April 20, 2012

This is an interesting and potentially useful app: Sierra Club Trail Explorer.  It’s a database of trails across North America from the AllTrails.com database.  The database is a little sparse (for now) with local trails, but it has a feature that lets you use your phone’s GPS to track your route and upload it.  The app also works offline, so if you get too far out in the woods it’ll still work.  Download it from the iTunes app store, or for a similar app for Android, download the Alltrails app from Google Play.  Bonus:  the app is free. (more…)

Florida’s State Forest Trailwalker Program

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Published on: February 29, 2012

So, apparently there is a ‘Trailwalker Program’ sponsored by the Florida State Forest Service.  Walk trails, earn badges.  Learn about the program and enroll in it at the Florida Forest Service website.

Aerial View of Mantanzas Inlet

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Published on: February 1, 2012

Thought this was neat:  Below is a video from a first person POV recording from a remote controlled plane.  As a hobby, this has become more popular with the availability of small HD cameras like the GoPro.  Online, you’ll see them from all over the world, but this one is from our neck of the woods.  Enjoy:

Smooth Sailing 2: Smoother Sailing (short version) from ImmersionRC on Vimeo.

Vintage Jacksonville

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Published on: January 21, 2011

I stumbled across this gem of a website the other day…VintageJacksonville.net Photographer Bob Self is sharing with the world the work of Loyd Sandgren, a Jacksonville photographer whose work covered the 40s, 50s, and 60s here in town.  His photos are an insightful look into the past of our town and even the mundane is entertaining from today’s perspective.  Check it out.

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