Category Archive: hiking

Falling Waters State Park

The panhandle area of Florida is famous for Karst topography, which is characterized by the caves and sinkholes that are formed by the slightly acidic water hollowing out the limestone; the sinkholes are… Continue reading

Tom Brown and Phipps Parks, Tallahassee

After spending the past few weeks on the warm beaches and in warm weather in general, I had the urge to do some hiking in forests with cooler weather, so I headed north.… Continue reading

The Florida Keys, Part 4: Big Pine Key, Bahia Honda State Park, and Key Deer Sanctuary

The island of Big Pine Key is home to both Bahia Honda State Park and the Key Deer National Wildlife Sanctuary. Bahia Honda State Park features more beautiful beaches and also a short… Continue reading

Redwoods, Part 4: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Located to the north of the national park, the Jedediah Smith State Park redwood forests have a similar feel to the coastal groves of Prairie Creek though these forests lay further inland and… Continue reading

Redwoods National Park, Part 3: Lady Bird Johnson Grove

The inland redwood forests on the hills are of a slightly different quality than the coastal groves. Less dense with less understory, these forests are naturally brighter, less humid, and have a less… Continue reading

Redwoods, Part 2: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

The coastal groves of Prairie Creek are densely wooded, with thick layers of organic tuff on the forest floor and thick fog that hangs in the moist air. The woods here have a… Continue reading

Redwoods National and State Parks, Part 1: An Introduction

Once I reached the coast I continued making my way north along Highway 101, which alternately runs along the Pacific cliffs, past low-lying wetlands, and through the forested hills. Just driving along the… Continue reading

Mount Madonna County Park

Driving back inland late in the day over the mountains and through the yellow-leafed trees was rejuvenating, the crisp fall air and late afternoon sunlight streaming through the trees a reminder of the… Continue reading

San Diego, Part 2: Torrey Pines State Park

I visited Torrey Pines State Park twice while in San Diego. Located north of La Jolla, the park is a reserve for the rare Torrey Pine and migrating seabirds. The coastline here is… Continue reading

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Because the government shutdown was ongoing, I decided to head to the California coast, where beaches and warmer temperatures could be enjoyed. Driving through Nevada however, I made a stop at Valley of… Continue reading