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What quote am I vibing? "It is not what we have that will make us a great nation; it is the way in which we use it." Theodore Roosevelt

Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild Today / All Time: 2 / 2

I have been working on scheduling some opportunities here in Florida to learn more about trail maintenance and volunteer in that capacity, but while I am waiting for things to pan out, I decided to take on some trash pickup on my own. I have also decided to rebrand the blog a little bit, and update it - making the road trip a part of its history, and a conservation-based Theodore Roosevelt-esque lifestyle its present.

With fresh inspiration from a national group I just joined called Wild Keepers, as well as my initial dive into The Wilderness Warrior by Douglas Brinkley which is about TR's conservation efforts, I packed up my hiking pack with some trash bags and essentials and headed into the hiking trails of Halpatiokee Regional Park. I have been to Halpatiokee a few times before, and almost always seem to wander where I didn't mean to, but today I managed to stay on a well-marked loop.

The day here in south Florida is dreary. In the low 60's and very cloudy when I began. The rain began not long into my 3 or so mile hike, and by the end I was quite soaked. It was a gradual soaking, so I didn't mind it so much as I went along. (But, gosh did I appreciate a hot shower when I got home!)

I have to say I was (happily disappointed?) when I started my walk because I didn't seem to be encountering any trash at all. But I did eventually find enough to fill about half a kitchen-sized trash bag. Bottles, a few cans, more paper towels than I found normal for hiking, but - who am I?

It feels great to be blogging again, and I hope you'll follow as I continue to hone my focus and love our Earth. 😙

I don't know that I looked this eager after I had been in the rain for an hour or so. But, maybe.

A beautiful section of a blackwater stream in Halpatiokee - so named because of the tannins in the ground that cause the water to be dark or tea-colored.

We've gotta start somewhere, my friends!

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