An adventurous traveler shares stories of destinations around the world and close to home.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Take a hike!
Now that spring is in the air, what better time to get out, explore and enjoy the scenic beauty that surrounds us? If you're looking for someplace new, I suggest checking with your local county or water management district for ideas. Here in the Tampa Bay region, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFMD) has recently released an outstanding guide to more than 50 recreation sites on conservation land in 16 West Central Florida counties.
Many of the sites listed are not well known, since they were purchased for conservation purposes. This means they offer great opportunites for seeing native wildlife and habitat. A few of my favorite hiking spots in the guide include the beautiful Alafia Corridor where the meandering Alafia River offers a refreshing trek during hot weather (see photo), and the Upper Hillsborough wilderness tract where you can see the endangered scrub jay, gopher tortoise and lots of native flowers.
Some people wonder “What is the meaning of life?” I, on the other hand, wonder where my next trip will take me. Welcome to my site, Getaway Girl Travels. I am a travel writer based in Tampa, Florida, but you won't see any guides to theme parks here. I do adventure travel "light": skiing, biking, hiking, rafting, kayaking and exploring the great outdoors.
My travels have taken me from cruising the Yangtze River in China to skiing and biking in Switzerland and kayaking in the Everglades. I love living here in the Sunshine State, so exploring Florida is always a great getaway!
My travel stories have been published on VisitSouth.com, Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Tribune, Miami Herald, and Allegiant Airlines Sunseeker.