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Life's Pilgrims

Life is a journey, and we are all pilgrims traveling its varied paths.


Welcome to the new and improved website.  The revamp of our site has been about a year in the making.  We hope you enjoy the new look, and our ablity to update the site faster and more often.

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Answering Nature’s Call 

The Bare Essential
Everything you need to know about "going" in the woods.


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Hike to No Where

Every year for the past five or six years we have made a pilgrimage to Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park and I didn't want this year to be an exception. 

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How my backpacking life started

The weekend of May 13, 2004, My cell phone rang. I answered it to my husband asking “What’cha doing this weekend?”



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Backpacking with the family.

Ten years after my first backpacking trip, we are getting ready for our first outing of our 2014 season, heading to the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve for the long holiday weekend in January.! 

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Karen is Nationally Published!

After a long time in the making, Karen's article about Boy Scout Troop 721 and our ham radio operators has been nationally published. ARRL - the National Association for Amateur Radio - they published the article on 7/3/2014. It is currently on their website for the month.

The full article is here! 

Congratulations to Karen for her published article! 

A Letter From Karen About
Life's Pilgrims

By Karen Anderson

In my life, I have come to my own philosophy:

There are two types of people in the world, those who sit back and read about what others are doing and those who are doing what others are reading about.

My husband and I chose to be a part of the latter group. He is an Eagle Scout and we raised our boys in the scouting program, which allowed us to experience some wonderful opportunities to learn, explore and teach others. These experiences covered everything from basic camping and hiking, high adventure camping and backpacking, photography, shooting sports, kayaking, canoeing, amateur radio and more. This led us to become what I would best describe by the old adage, "jacks of all trades masters of none".

During our time in the outdoors we have taught people who have never camped before how easy it is to get out and enjoy the wonders of nature. We are not always the experts, but we wish to continue to share what we do know with others.

Life is a journey and we are all pilgrims travelling its varied paths.

Twenty three years later, both our boys are now Eagle Scouts and we find ourselves at the next crossroad in our lives. There are so many paths that we can follow but the sense of adventure, with the years of accumulated knowledge and experience still beckons to us.

Our playground of choice is our own backyard, sunny Florida where we live. There is so much more to this state than just the beaches and warm oceans. We have the Everglades, dry marshes, prairies, and fresh water springs that all lend to an outdoorsman's paradise throughout the year. Some of our favorite areas to visit, outside of Florida, are the Appalachian, Blue Ridge, and Smoky Mountains.

We invite you to join us as we continue our own pilgrimage of knowledge and adventures. 

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