Biking opportunities about and around Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — In the national news lately, it was discussed that riding a bicycle on the road in Florida is a dangerous thing to do. Florida is number ONE in the list of ten most dangerous states to bicycle in America. That is, statewide, there is a pretty good chance that a cyclist is more […]

Love bugs have arrived

OKEECHOBEE — The bane of any motorist in the Lake Okeechobee area normally happens twice a year. Those stinky little suckers have already arrived, just in time for the spring driving season. I’m talking about the amorous little black flying insects known locally as “love bugs.” With the scientific name of “plecia nearctica,” the love […]

Consider a cruise vacation: Okeechobee is a short drive to the ports

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee is one of the few places in the country, that I know of, that is within three hours’ drive or less to five different cruise ports. This means that cruise vacations of all costs and duration are very close to home. My wife and I like to take a cruise about once […]

Running for fitness after the age of 60

OKEECHOBEE — I’ll start right out by explaining that I am not a fitness professional, I’m not a trainer, I’m not a doctor, and I know very little about the way the human body works, other than what I have observed in the last 63 years. I will also state that in the long distant […]

Treasure Hunting in Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — There is a treasure hunt going on in Okeechobee, quietly and, for most, completely unnoticed. There are no real prizes, but there are scores of places to look and plenty of good exercise to be had in searching for the multitude of Geocaches that are waiting to be found in our area. Geocaching […]

Part of the Lake Okeechobee dike trail now ‘lost’ to hikers and cyclists

OKEECHOBEE — The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) continues to be an important resource when it comes to hiking and cycling in the Okeechobee area. However, much of the LOST continues to be a construction zone, so opportunities are limited. We are lucky here in Okeechobee, as there is still plenty of miles of the […]

The Florida Trail: Hiking Chandler Slough

OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Scenic Trail encompasses over 1,400 miles of trails here in the state, and every season about 25 people attempt to walk the entire distance of the trail, from its origins in the Everglades to its terminus on the beach, way out in the Panhandle. These end-to-end hikers are called “through hikers.” […]

Hike the Florida Trail, Yates Marsh Section

OKEECHOBEE — The Great Florida Scenic Trail is a wintertime delight. Cooler temperatures and dryer weather allow that section hiker to experience the trail in small sections without worrying about bugs that bite, high temperatures and humidity and wet trail sections. There are two types of hikers on the Florida Trail, section hikers and through […]

Hiking and biking popular in the Okeechobee area

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee is a great town if you are a fisherman, as Lake Okeechobee, the river and canals in the area provide some of the finest bass fishing the world. But, if you are not into fishing, there are other things to do, like hiking and biking. The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) provides […]

South Florida Recumbent Riders meet for LOST ride

OKEECHOBEE — The South Florida Recumbent Riders is an association of people who ride together, sometimes a couple times a week. It’s called a club, but the membership is free, there are no regular meetings, and there are no officers or treasury. It is simply some people in the south Florida area, who ride together […]