Rob visits the site of the annual re-enactment of the ambush of Francis Dade December 29th, 1835 and still has problems with the moon!
Here are more photos from the hike along the trail in the Prairie Creek Preserve near Gainesville, Florida.
Spent most of Saturday helping out at the Florida Springs Restoration Summit in Ocala, Florida. Got to help out with an event involving such an important subject as protecting our water for us now and future generations. The success of keeping our Florida water clean will save taxpayers tons of money. American taxpayers are already spending ridiculous sums of money trying to fix our water problems. Goal should be not to put us in this position in the first place. As our water goes bad, business stops being created and people stop moving to Florida. Desalinization is not an option. Neither practical or cost effective, as we’ve learned the hard way. Being excellent stewards of our natural resources will save us all.
I also got to spend time with friends and make some great connections.
Here are photos from the event!
I’m getting to draw a friend and someone I admire – Mr. Bill Partington. Bill helped start or was director of the Florida Native Plant Society, Florida Audubon Society, Florida Defenders of the Environment, Florida Conservation Foundation, etc, etc, etc. Bill was instrumental in getting president Nixon to stop a horrible project that would have destroyed natural Florida and waste nearly a billion taxpayer dollars, the Cross-Florida Barge Canal. He was also instrumental in creating a wildlife corridor system in Florida, stopping gator poaching, adding land to the Everglades, etc, etc.
Whatever good shape #Florida is in these days is due to the 50+ years Bill has dedicated to making our state a better place to live.
I should add that Bill, along with another great Florida outdoor warrior, Ken Morrison, started a group that most in Florida belong to, FLAP. Bill and FLAP brought us the beloved and hilarious Calamity Calendar telling of everyday calamities in Florida. Florida political cartoonists, including myself, contributed to this calendar. FLAP had all sorts of other fun items that I’m going to reveal at Bill’s upcoming talk mentioned below. Many items involving my pal, Jeff Parker, who I can never thank enough for introducing me to Bill.
It was FLAP that fired me up to start my Swampy’s Florida.
The upcoming tlak by Bill: Bill has been gracious enough to be a speaker in our lecture series July 17, 2pm, for our Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology, to tell stories of adventure in Marion County environment! This is the artwork I’ve done to accompany the flyer announcing the event. i hope my fellow lovers of the Florida outdoors come out to hear of this great Florida Crusader!
Live hiking along the Withlacoochee River!
From Chattahoochee, I quickly made my way to Torreya State Park, near Bristol, to get travel and hiking information and to add a second live video using the new Facebook option. Here, I take the north trail from the Gregory House where the six cannon encampment had been for the confederacy during the Civil War.
You can plan a trip to Torreya State Park here: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Torreya
Been trying to get to Angus Gholson Nature Park again for almost ten years. I think I’d pit stopped here a few years ago with no time to go inside. i’d also heard it’s condition had greatly deteriorated. That is positively true.
Last I was actually here I met Angus Gholson as my wife, at the time, was working on one of her hiking book series. Then we hiked the trail. I recall it being my kind of natural trail.
It’s still a natural trail. more so in that there seems to be little to no upkeep of the trail. It’s obvious that the neighborhood doesn’t support the park. The great nearby restaurant I stopped at and others I asked had no idea the park was only blocks away. Bad sign for the future of the park.
Above is a video I made making use of Facebook’s new live feed.
Many thanks to my pals of many years, Russell and Alice Sue Noell for their hospitality this weekend. Great vittles and socializing! Another dear pal, Debbie Schafer, called while I was there exclaiming, “You’re socializing!!??!” It is an unusual occurrence.
Right now dashing off some artwork before I get home!