March 25, 2016.

I had already walked nearly eight miles, feeling tired but content. It was a warm afternoon on the Florida Panhandle, and my husband and I were exploring the recreation areas of Eglin Air Force Base, which is the size of Rhode Island. For an annual $20 fee, I could roam the open areas of the base all year round, though each day all hikers and recreationists are required to check which sections were open and which are closed. Pines towered on either side of the trail, signs of a controlled burn blackening segments here and there. I liked seeing the management – it meant the habitat resembled the fire-dependent forests that once covered this region of Florida.

Check out the awesome bird I saw at:

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