Sunday, December 10, 2017

Friday Bike Rides??

In addition to our Wednesday bike rides at various locations this Winter, let’s see if we can also do a Friday afternoon ride most Fridays at Lake Beresford Park in Deland. We’ll see how it goes, but here is the first outing.

Casual Bike Ride – Friday, December 15, 2017, 3-5 pm
Join us for an 8-15 mile casual ride at Lake Beresford Park, 2100 Fatio Road, Deland, Florida and heading toward Blue Springs on one of the Spring-to-Spring trail routes. It is a paved, off-road trail. We will first do the 2 mile loop trail to be sure everyone is on board with equipment and conditioning. We run 8-10 miles per hour (D-C Class- no one left behind!) Then we will head for Blue Springs for about 2.8 miles. Expect a few very moderate hills. (Florida ain’t ALL flat.) Then we will cover the new extension for as far as the group wants. A little rest and back to Beresford Park. A total of about 8-15 miles depending on the group. Helmets and water recommended. Adults only. Meet at Roger’s Jeep. There are restrooms and water at Beresford Park. May see a variety of wildlife along the way. Heavy rain or lightning cancels.
Would appreciate a note that you will join us.
Thanks,
Roger


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Deland, FL and Cortland, NY

Master Naturalist and Author

Monday, December 4, 2017

Flexible Bike Ride, Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017, Debary, FL

Flexible Bike Ride, Debary, FL 

Wed Dec 13, 2017 at 3 pm

You're going

Details

• This is a part of the Spring-to-Spring trail system. All paved, wide and flat. We will start at the parking area on Dirksen Drive and Routes 17/92 in Debary, just down from the entrance to Gemini Springs Park - Not IN the park! From there we travel 2.7 miles to Lake Monroe and then back 2.7 miles. Depending on the group we may head for Green Springs Park after that. It's about 5 miles one way and then back to Dirksen. Max distance for the day might be 15.6 miles. Join us for part or all. Helmets required. Headlamps or head and tail lights recommended - just in case. And, of course, water is recommended. No one left behind!
Hope you can join us,
Roger

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Wednesday Afternoon Bike Rides in Florida Resume

To all,
I’m back in Florida and ready to lead some bike rides. We’ll probably visit a variety of venues this season. Mark your calendars for Wednesday afternoons at 3. I’ll send you an email each week to tell you where we will be. So here is the first one:

Casual Bike Ride – Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 3-5 pm
Join us for an 8-15 mile casual ride at Lake Beresford Park, 2100 Fatio Road, Deland, Florida and heading toward Blue Springs on one of the Spring-to-Spring trail routes. It is a paved, off-road trail. We will first do the 2 mile loop trail to be sure everyone is on board with equipment and conditioning. We run 8-10 miles per hour (D-C Class- no one left behind!) Then we will head for Blue Springs for about 2.8 miles. Expect a few very moderate hills. (Florida ain’t ALL flat.) Then we will cover the new extension for as far as the group wants. A little rest and back to Beresford Park. A total of about 8-15 miles depending on the group. Helmets and water required. Adults only. Meet at Roger’s Jeep. There are restrooms and water at Beresford Park. May see a variety of wildlife along the way. Heavy rain or lightning cancels.

Would appreciate a note that you will join us.
Thanks,
Roger

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Like our new Facebook page- Roger Fulton Outdoors

Through our books and private tours, we help people to get outdoors to hike, bike, kayak, and just to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life!

At Roger Fulton Outdoors, we put together a new Facebook page specifically for our outdoor friends, to keep them advised about events, safety issues, and anything else relating to the great outdoors!

www.RogerFulton.com 

From DeBary Hall (Florida) upcoming events

Master naturalist to discuss outdoor activities

Roger Fulton will share his 10 favorite places to hike, bike, kayak and hang out in Volusia County during a free presentation at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in DeBary Hall Historic Site’s stable, 198 Sunrise Blvd, DeBary, FL (Daytona Beach area).

Fulton, a master naturalist and author, has published a series of trail guides for Florida, New York and Vermont. His publication, “Safe in the Woods,” offers outdoor safety and survival tips.

His free presentation is part of the Lemonade Lectures series. Light refreshments and lemonade will be served.


Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Tracy Mestre at 386-668-3840 or tmestre@volusia.org

Friday, November 17, 2017

Golden Park Program in New York

Golden Park Program in New York

Skip Navigation Links Golden Park Program

If you are a New York State resident 62 or older, on any weekday (except holidays), you can obtain ...
... simply by presenting your currently valid New York State Driver License or New York State Non-Driver Identification Card.*
For locations with pay stations, please contact the facility directly for information.
For information about facilities where this program is valid, contact the nearest state park,
state park regional office or:
New York State Parks
Albany, New York 12238
518-474-0456
TTY/TDD through 711 Relay Service
A New York State Driver License or a New York State Non-Driver Identification Card may be obtained from your local Motor Vehicle office. You may want to contact them first to be certain you bring the required forms of identification, age etc.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Personalized Eco-Tours in Central Florida

Central Florida Eco-Tours

We have two standard tours running this year. They are listed below. We can also design specialty tours for you or your group to cover other areas of Central Florida outdoors. On all of our tours, your safety is of the utmost importance. Your guide has years of experience in the Florida outdoors. Florida Eco-tours run December through April, afternoons and evenings.

IbisThe Wildlife Walking Tour:

Our most popular wildlife tour is a 1.5-hour walking tour through a wildlife management area. An experienced tour guide will lead you on a leisurely 1 ½ mile walking tour where you will see a wide variety of Florida birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Your guide will be equipped with a 60-power scope and tripod so you will see all the critters up close and personal, while keeping a safe distance. We recommend taking the tour the during last 3 hours of daylight for the best chance to see the most wildlife.
The cost of the tour is $60.00 for 1 to 5 people. Additional people may join us for $10.00 per person. Contact us at Roger@RogerFulton.com if you have any questions or want to make a reservation.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Social Media Links

Make sure to check out my website, Facebook and LinkedIn pages .  Any feedback is appreciated. 

www.rogerfulton.com



(We were informed that the links in the previous post were not working)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Heading south - Book now!

I’ll be heading South at the end of this month to hike, bike and lecture in Central Florida all Winter. I have several outings and presentations already scheduled with Audubon and nature centers, but now is the time to schedule one for your group or organization. I’ll do my best to accommodate your dates, times and needs.
From my webpage, here are some of the presentations which are available for groups this Winter. Click on any you may be interested in  for your group or center.

Florida Speakers Bureau


Private tours, outings and training programs are now available this year once again. Ideal for visitors from the North or abroad. We’ll show them “The Real Florida” up close and personal.

Thank you for your time and I hope to see you at some of our events and outings this Winter,
Roger


Phone and text: Afternoons and evenings only: 386-956-6089
Deland, FL and Cortland, NY
Master Naturalist and Author



Friday, October 27, 2017

Trail Etiquette

Many of the trails covered in our hiking and biking books require you to get along with others sharing the trail.  We cover trail etiquette in our trail guides and in our book, Safe In The Woods.  A fellow from England contacted us and he has written an interesting article on trail etiquette from an international perspective.  You can access his article online at: http://www.wonderfulwellies.co.uk/hiking-etiquette-101-the-12-trail-rules-you-should-know/.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Social media links

Make sure to check out my website, www.rogerfulton.com, Facebook and LinkedIn pages (look me up).  Any feedback is appreciated. 

Heading back to Florida

I’m heading back to Florida soon. But you don’t necessarily need me to guide you to the great outdoor places in Central and Northeastern Florida.
Our trail guides can get you there for short hikes, biking and wildlife viewing.  Please take the time to review all of them at:
http://rogerfulton.com/ecotours/FLBooks/fltrailguides.htm
Thanks for checking them out and please share with your other outdoor friends.

Upcoming events: http://rogerfultonoutdoors.blogspot.com/
Webpage: www.RogerFulton.com
Email: Roger@RogerFulton.com

Phone and text: Afternoons and evenings only: 386-956-6089
Deland, FL and Cortland, NY
Master Naturalist and Author

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Common Man Series

This little guy didn't invent fire, and we didn't invent the 1000 Islands, the ADK Fire Tower Challenge, the Erie Canalway Trail, nor Lake George or Saratoga.  However, we did write trail guides for all of these and more.  You can find them from my webpage at www.RogerFulton.com or from the publisher's webpage, www.commonmanbooks.com.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Common Man Books are made in America!!



We recently obtained a book titled “New York Wildlife Viewing Guide”, published by Watchable Wildlife, Inc. out of Cambridge, Minnesota.  But when you read the fine print, it was printed in China. So much for American jobs. All of the Common Man series books that we write are published by Common Man Books in Glens Falls, New York.  We hope that you want to put America and American workers first.  All of our outdoor guides for New York and Florida are published by a New York business, in New York, putting New Yorkers to work. To learn more about our series, go to www.commonmanbooks.com or www.RogerFulton.com.  Thank you for buying American.    

Safe in the Woods Cortland BOCES class



Safe in the Woods
 Tips, Techniques and Advice for Safety and Survival
This is a BOCES adult evening course, under RECREATION

Whether you are just going out for walk in the woods or hiking the Appalachian Trail, preparation, planning and knowledge are the keys to keeping you safe “out there”. This course, based on the book of the same name, will help you avoid dangers from getting lost to encounters with large animals. Other topics include how to dress, what to carry and how to read trail markers and signs along the way. A copy of the book can be purchased during class. Each session consists of two nights in the classroom (Tuesday and Thursday) and an optional Sunday afternoon hike to put into practice what we have learned.  

SEPTEMBER SESSION:
Date: Tuesday, 9/12/17 and Thursday, 9/14/17. Optional field trip on Sunday, 9/17/17.
Time:
7:00 PM-9:00 PM, Tuesday & Thursday, 3:00PM Sunday
Location:
McEvoy Campus
Instructor:
 Roger Fulton
Fee:  
$39 (Course ID: CEMCREC0100-FA2017)
OCTOBER SESSION:
Date: Tuesday, 10/17/17 and Thursday, 10/19/17.  Optional field trip on Sunday, 10/22/17.  
Time:
7:00 PM-9:00 PM, Tuesday & Thursday, 3:00PM Sunday
Location:
McEvoy Campus
Instructor:
 Roger Fulton
Fee:  
$39 (Course ID: CEMCREC0100-FA2017A)

Contact BOCES to register:
online, www.ocmboces.org, or call 607-758-5111,

or in person or by mail, 1710 NYS Rt. 13, Cortland, NY  13045

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Safe Biking article via Girl Scout Emma

Special thanks to Girl Scout, Emma, for finding this helpful article about safe biking.  Click on the link to read more.

And thank you to Girl Scout Troop Leader Madeline for sharing Emma's great find.

http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/bike-commuting-safety-tips/


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sharing my TV interview

It’s not very often that I get to do a half hour TV show about one of my adventures.  But I recently had the opportunity to be a guest on the TV show Outdoor Beat with Bill Hilts, Jr. out in western New York, about our experiences bicycling the 366 miles Erie Canalway Trail in 2015.  And we had the opportunity to discuss my book, Bicycling the Erie Canalway Trail, Tips and Advice for Your Adventure(s).  If you are so inclined, you can watch that half hour show by clicking on the link https://livestream.com/LCTV20/events/2964614/videos/161065415.  If you want to skip the TV show and just want to learn more about my book, click on this link via my website http://rogerfulton.com/ecotours/NYBooks/bike-erie-canal.html.

Please forward to anyone else you think may be interested in the Erie Canalway Trail.  Thanks!   


Roger

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Nature Hike This Sunday Afternoon

Sunday, August 20 3-5 pm
Join naturalist and author Roger Fulton on a free nature walk at Lime Hollow Nature Center, just outside of Cortland, NY from 3-5 pm. Meet at the Nature Center at: 338 McLean Rd., Cortland, NY 13045.
We will cover about 2 ½ miles at a moderate pace, stopping frequently to discuss what we find in nature. The trails are uneven woods trails and good footwear is recommended. You may want bug spray. Adults only and no dogs. Contact Roger if you need additional information or directions. Heavy rain or lightning cancels.
Roger Fulton is a noted outdoor author of several regional hiking, biking and kayaking guides for NY and Florida. He is also the co-author of two NY wildflower books..
Join him if you can. Member and Media contacts: Roger Fulton, www.RogerFulton.com. And Roger@RogerFulton.com or 386-956=6089 evenings.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Erie Canalway Trail segment update

We just got back from a trip to Western New York to explore the newest segment of the Erie Canalway Trail from Lockport to Amherst.  This segment closes about an eight-mile gap in the Erie Canalway Trail.  So, to update our 2016 book, Bicycling the Erie Canalway Trail, Tips and advice for your adventure(s), we just had to go out and see for ourselves what was going on.  And we found out about a five-and-a-half-mile paved section from Pendleton to Lockport is complete and very nice.  However, the section from Pendleton to Amherst, although only two miles, is still pending construction.  Despite this, you can still complete the Erie Canalway Trail, just that last segment is still “on road”.  Should you be interested in riding this new section, from Lockport to Pendleton, the Lockport Trailhead is accessible from Stevens Street and State Road in Lockport.  The GPS for that location is N 43˚ 09.838’, W 078˚ 42.055’. 

Upcoming TV interview

We just got back from a trip to Western New York to explore a new segment of the Erie Canalway Trail.  You may or may not remember that we rode the entire length of that trail - about 400 miles - in 2015.  We co-authored our book Bicycling the Erie Canalway Trail, Tips and advice for your adventure(s).  While there, we had the opportunity to do a half-hour TV interview with Bill Hilts, Jr., the Outdoor Promotions Director for Destination Niagara USA.  He interviewed us about our exploration of this trail, our experiences, and also about our book.  That TV program will air August 7, 2017, on LCTV.  We will keep you posted on the time it will air and hopefully we’ll be able to give you a link so you can watch it at your convenience.  In the meantime, if you want details of our 2015 trip, you can still view our blog at:   http://eriecanaltrek2015.blogspot.com/

Monday, July 24, 2017

Erie Canalway Trail, Lockport to Amherst July 27, 2017

This week we will be exploring a new segment of the Erie Canalway Trail between Lockport, NY and Amherst, NY.  We think about 8 miles, but that's why we explore.  If you would like to join us, we will be biking from Lockport on July 27, leaving in the early afternoon.  If you have any interest, you can contact Roger at roger@rogerfulton.com or give him a call at 386-956-6089 any afternoon or evening.  If you happen to have solid information about that section of trail, please also let Roger know.  Thanks and hope to see you on the trail!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Erie Canal: July 4th- 200th anniversary of the beginning of construction.

On July 4, 1817, construction began on the Erie Canal.  Now, in 2017, we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of that amazing engineering feat.  In 2015, we biked the entire Erie Canalway, from Buffalo to Albany, 366 miles.  And we published our experiences in our book titled, “Bicycling the Erie Canalway Trail, Tips and advice for your adventure(s)”.  To learn more about the Erie Canal and our travels along it, go to the blog on www.rogerfulton.com website, under “Erie Canal Trek 2015” (http://eriecanaltrek2015.blogspot.com/) and hopefully you can share in our adventures and plan for your own.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tell Your Friends and Family to Save Money

Golden Park Program in New York

Skip Navigation Links Golden Park Program

If you are a New York State resident 62 or older, on any weekday (except holidays), you can obtain ...
... simply by presenting your currently valid New York State Driver License or New York State Non-Driver Identification Card.*
For locations with pay stations, please contact the facility directly for information.
For information about facilities where this program is valid, contact the nearest state park
state park regional office or:
New York State Parks
Albany, New York 12238
518-474-0456
TTY/TDD through 711 Relay Service
A New York State Driver License or a New York State Non-Driver Identification Card may be obtained from your local Motor Vehicle office. You may want to contact them first to be certain you bring the required forms of identification, age etc.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How to join a hike in New York

Many people want to know about the hikes I lead so they can join in. Although I do post some hikes here, most go on specific area Meetup boards.

For the Ithaca/Cortland area, check out the Meetup Group Ithaca Area Hiking and Nature Study Group. You can find them at:  https://www.meetup.com/Ithaca-Hiking-Nature-Study-Group/

For the Syracuse/Cortland area I post for the Syracuse Outdoor Adventure Group on Meetup. You can access them at:   https://www.meetup.com/adventurers-103/

Hope this helps you to be able to join us on hikes and other activities the Summer.

Best wishes, as always.

Roger Fulton



Phone and text: Afternoons and evenings only: 386-956-6089
Deland, FL and Cortland, NY
Master Naturalist and Author

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Newest Finger Lakes Book Available!

NEWEST FINGER LAKES BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE!

I am pleased to announce yet another outdoor exploration book for the Finger Lakes Region.
This one is titled: Exploring Nature in the Finger Lakes – Cortland and Ithaca Region. The following is information from my webpage about it.

Exploring Nature in the Finger Lakes Region of New York 
Cortland and Ithaca Regions
In this book, we can take you to 7 nature/learning centers, 8 "unique areas" and 11 nature preserves in the Ithaca and Cortland areas of the Finger Lakes. We cover some of the best natural areas in Cortland, Tompkins and Tioga counties. You will encounter endless gorges, waterfalls and wildflower acres to explore and enjoy. In addition you will be able to access thousands of NY State Forest acres in all of these counties.
2017, 114 pages, 60 full color photos, 4x8 spiral bound, $19.95
To order this book, or any of our other titles, with a credit card, call the publisher Common Man Books at 866-793-0555 or go through their website at www.commonmanbooks.com.

It may not yet be up on the publisher’s website, so just call and ask for it if you are interested for you or your business.

You can access a rough photo of the cover and more information about it and other NY titles from my webpage at:  http://rogerfulton.com/ecotours/NYBooks/finger-lakes-region.html

Thanks for your time and consideration and please share this message with your outdoor friends.
Roger Fulton


Phone and text: Afternoons and evenings only: 386-956-6089
Deland, FL and Cortland, NY

Master Naturalist and Author

Monday, May 8, 2017

Ithaca and Syracuse NY Area Hikes - Postings

Many people want to know about the hikes I lead so they can join in. Although I do post some hikes here, most go on specific area Meetup boards.

For the Ithaca/Cortland area, check out the Meetup Group Ithaca Area Hiking and Nature Study Group. You can find them at:  https://www.meetup.com/Ithaca-Hiking-Nature-Study-Group/

For the Syracuse/Cortland area I post for the Syracuse Outdoor Adventure Group on Meetup. You can access them at:   https://www.meetup.com/adventurers-103/

Hope this helps you to be able to join us on hikes and other activities the Summer.

Best wishes, as always.
Roger Fulton
www.RogerFulton.com





Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Adams Eden Trails Update - Closed for now!

On page 80 of our recent book, Short Hikes in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State - Auburn and Syracuse Region we highlighted the trails of the Adams Eden Camp near Lafayette, NY. We had recently heard that they had closed and that the property had been sold this past January. So yesterday we went up there to try to find out about the future access to the trails and waterfalls. We arrived and found "Closed" signs before entering the property. But one of the new owners came down and greeted us. The property is currently closed to the public. They do not have the current insurance policies in place to open it to the public.  All future activities are pending. We'll try to keep you updated as they update us.
Access other trail opportunities in the Finger Lakes Region at: www.Rogerfulton.com or through our publisher: www.commonmanbooks.com
 Roger

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Exploring Nature

I will be heading back to New York after having an adventurous time in  Florida.  Please stay in touch with me through: www.rogerfulton.com.  You can also get information about my new book:               " Exploring Nature in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State: Cortland and Ithaca Region".