Walking the Way of St. James

April 15, 2024

Every year we get a lot of customers preparing to walk the Way of St. James, more commonly known as the Camino de Santiago. This trek is a wonderful opportunity for those who want to backpack, but do not like the idea of roughing it in a tent every night. Read on to learn more […]

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Trail running shoes versus hiking boots: Footwear options for your next hike

March 14, 2022

Many come to Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure to get help fitting footwear for their adventures. When one thinks of hiking footwear, there is an image of big clunky heavy boots. In the past number of years there has been a shift to lighter options. Technology in both footwear and other gear has given us […]

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4 Backpacking Tips to Follow for a Safe and Exciting Adventure

February 8, 2021

Did you know that just spending 20 minutes outdoors makes you inherently happier? Backpacking is one of the most remarkable ways to spend time interacting with the outside world. It is a flexible way to travel, always having everything you need with you at all times.  There are numerous options for adventure around the world. Continue reading for backpacking tips. […]

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Florida Hiking Safety: Staying Safe From Dangerous Wildlife Encounters

January 25, 2021

Never underestimate the power of a hike. Hiking lowers blood pressure, improves balance, and clears the mind. But before you hit the trails, familiarize yourself with wild animals in Florida and what to do if you encounter one. Let’s review the best hiking safety tips for avoiding dangerous situations with Florida hogs, snakes, and bears. […]

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Hiking and Backpacking: The Ten Essentials

January 18, 2021

Going into the great outdoors can be a very centering experience. It’s been shown to lower stress and improve your mental health.  Being in nature can do this, but one must be prepared as it is the wilderness that is sought.  In the wild, the unexpected can happen.  Read on to learn how to be […]

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Take a Hike! Our Guide to the Best Food For Hiking

November 24, 2020

The best months of the year for hiking are here. The temperature has started to dip. Florida’s heat is no longer oppressive. There are many reasons to add hiking to your list of hobbies. Beyond the many health benefits, hiking is also a fun adventure. Pair it with your other outdoor activities such as fishing or bird watching to […]

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COVID-19 Update: Which National & Local Parks Are Still Open?

April 1, 2020

You might start to be getting stir crazy if you are in quarantine or social distancing yourself from others. This new normal is not only impacting our day to day lives, but it’s also impacting our national and local parks. In this article, you’ll learn which parks are still open and any updates about other […]

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7 Tips for Using Binoculars This Spring

February 3, 2020

40% of Americans 16 or older participated in wildlife-related activities in 2016. If you’re part of this demographic, then you most likely have a pair of binoculars or are looking to purchase one soon.  But without knowing how to use them properly, you may just miss out on seeing that rare specimen you’ve been looking for. […]

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A Hiker’s Guide to Trail Etiquette

January 24, 2020

Considering how expansive America is, and how much nature there is to see, it’s really no surprise that people love getting out there and exploring what Mother Nature has to offer.  In 2017, there were around 44.9 million hikers in America.  Some trails are more popular than other.  With so many people on those trails, there is […]

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Now is the Time for Hiking in Florida! The Top Spots, Reviewed

January 20, 2020

Almost half of Floridians went on a hike in the last year. Were you one of them? There are thousands of miles to explore; the Florida Trail stretches 1,400 miles! To make your experience enjoyable, you need to choose the right trail. Consider the length, sun cover, terrain, and distance. We’ve chosen three parks that offer […]

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