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Mapping Orlando City Parks (Part 3—North of Downtown)

by Richard
11/27/2013 05:00:11 P.M.


This is my favorite area of town, by far. It's close to many things in the city, yet it resists the temptation to be over-bearing. The communities are Florida old (i.e. I have a delightful 86-year old neighbor who remembers when there was only one house within a mile and half to the east of hers, only 70 years ago...yet, the houses all seem well-lived, in a charming sort of way) and have a lot to offer, particularly in the way of green space.

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Mapping Orlando City Parks (Part 2—Maitland/Winter Park)

by Richard
11/11/2013 08:39:54 P.M.

Here's the next installment of my favorite parks in Orlando: 


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Mapping Orlando City Parks (Part 1—Downtown)

by Richard
10/29/2013 08:32:13 P.M.

Last month, at Creative Mornings, a Rollins College urban planner named Bruce Stevensen laid out some of his plans for making Orlando more awesome (which apparently means, 'a lot more like Portland').

He said that one of the big catalysts for healthy city development is the presence (and addition) of city parks.

That got me thinking about the current city parks in Orlando, and how vital they are to me, helping me slow down in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the expansive cityscape.  So, in honor of them, here is a list of some of the best city parks in the greater Orlando area:

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Trail Running and Biking Essential Accessories

by Alley
10/17/2013 07:45:11 P.M.

I have been in Virginia for 7 months now and have experienced the ins and outs of the trails here, both on bike and my own two feet. On a side note, there are hills everywhere! I used to live in Florida and we don't exactly have (m)any hills, but I must say, they're actually a fun challenge compared to what I was always used to. But regardless of locale, I want to talk about a couple essential items for day-to-day trail experiences (I could go on and on about how I like different options for trails shoes but you can check out my last post about that!)

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Loving Virginia Again

by Richard
10/02/2013 11:06:01 P.M.

I've realized recently that wherever I've lived, I haven't taken enough advantage of the wonderful places in those areas. In Michigan, I never made it to Traverse City, for example (which is apparently like a delightfully mild Caribbean town in the summer months). In Virginia, I never visited the famous Appomatox courthouse (which was just down the road from my alma mater). And in Missouri, I never once went to see Yakov Smirnoff's comedy show (which, may or may not end up having been a #win on my part).

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Not All Hikes Have Live Animals

by Krispy Kritter
08/22/2013 08:22:42 P.M.

Normally, I see animals on hikes in the middle of the wilderness, but this time (maybe the first), I was pleasantly surprised by a different kind of animal. Walking through downtown Dallas, I found myself in the last place I thought I'd see in the middle of a city, a Texas Longhorn cattle drive. Yet, there I was in disbelief, eyeball to eyeball, staring at a line of cattle emerging from a ridge top, descending down a small cliff, crossing a stream and walking past me. And, to top it off, three cowboys on horseback accompanied the steers to make sure they didn’t stray.

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Crimes Against Hammock

by Richard
08/07/2013 08:12:43 P.M.

I had to do it, to go back to the scene of the crime. So once I got back to my parents country Michigan home, I walked past the gunfire, through the poison ivy, and thorny arcs of raspberry bushes silently waiting to make contact with skin. I tramped downhill, through fields, then through the swarms of mosquitos to put it up—my new hammock. The location: over the same creek where my last hammock broke and dumped me into the muddy water.

ENO hammocks don’t break, but mine just so happen to...because I let it. My previous one had eight years of wear and tear and had recently developed a couple tiny holes. Unchecked, they corporately provided a lack of structural integrity that ripped under the pressure of my body and dumped it into the idyllic creek. If I had done simple maintenance, the spill would have been prevented.

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Outdoor Experience

by Richard
07/24/2013 07:19:18 P.M.

The first time I visited Travel Country, I was visiting Orlando on a vacation. I walked in the door and my heart said "yes." I had no idea there could be a successful outdoor retail store so far from the mountains (and so centrally located to the humid flatlands). When I moved to Orlando four months later, I soon found out.

After random jaunts into the store, I started building up a collection of gear that enabled me to get rid of a lot of my clothing, and any old, dated gear that I had. Arc'teryx, Patagonia, North Face, and Outdoor Research projects were the order of the day—and I obtained a fair share of them. But it was the relationships I built with people at Travel Country that really set that place apart. 

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Scared Witless

by Richard
07/04/2013 09:33:45 P.M.

We left the rangers' station after partially listening to the customary encouragements: 'make sure you camp in your designated site', 'don't leave the trails', and 'make sure your backcountry permit is showing on your tent at night'.

Although we were thankful for the help, we'd traveled to the iconic Bryce Canyon National Park, and we were ready to explore.

So, we breezed our way through the ranger station, grabbing a one-night permit for camping, and made our way out to the most picturesque views of the park.

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Review of Salomon XR Mission Shoes

by Alley
06/20/2013 07:26:38 P.M.

My favorite part of working out outdoors has always been having a variety of options for moving around. Whether I feel like biking, running, or hiking today...going solo, with a friend, or my dog...what gets me excited about getting outside are the OPTIONS!

When it came to looking for another trail shoe to fit into my arsenal, I knew I wanted stability, but with a considerably low heel-to-toe drop—less shoe than Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra, more than New Balance Minimus 10s.

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