Seeing the forest & the trees

This is my Gainesville

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 3:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 3:18 p.m.

When I describe Gainesville I mention first:


For the past 25 years, Storm Roberts, 61, has hosted the morning radio show on 98.5 WKTK. He first came to Gainesville as a freshman at UF andhas been here ever since. His wife, Judy is a professional landscape designer. When they’re not here, they’re at their North Carolina home near Boone or in St. Augustine enjoying the nation’s oldest city.

The trees. We live in northwest Gainesville, surrounded by five thousand acres of Alachua conservation land that will never be built on. We love our woods and the critters we share our property with.

When I have visitors I like to show them:

If they’re from “up north,” the La Chua Trail for guaranteed alligator sightings and, during the winter, the sandhill and whooping cranes that visit our area. During warmer months it’s off to the rivers and lakes.

What I’ve last read that I would recommend:

Tina Fey’s “Bossypants.” She is a great comedy writer; I’m a big fan.

A perfect Saturday morning includes:

Espresso with organic beans roasted at Sweetwater Organic Coffee purchased from Ward’s, farmers market shopping, a workout at the Gainesville Health & Fitness Center and “deck sittin’” in the backyard with a crossword puzzle (NYTimes from The Gainesville Sun, of course).

A perfect weekend includes:

Relaxing at home, cooking dinner with friends, a Gator win (any sport) and spending time with my wife, Judy.

A hidden gem in Gainesville is:

Millhopper Road. It’s not only, in my opinion, the most lovely road in Alachua County, but a linear park, featuring two state parks (Devil’s Millhopper and San Felasco Hammock State Preserve), lanes for jogging, bicycling and walking and a beautiful tree canopy. You can feel your blood pressure dropping as you motor along its vistas.

A great Gainesville resource is:

The Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Shands Children’s Hospital, Town of Tioga (love the shops and restaurants) and Alachua County libraries!!

A fun date night

in Gainesville includes:

Technically not in Gainesville but a short drive to The Great Outdoors Restaurant in High Springs. Carol and her staff are second-to-none in serving great food, live music and a great time every time.

My favorite place to take a walk:

My neighborhood just off Millhopper road (the prettiest road in Alachua County). We enjoy the serenity and quiet, but we’re just three miles from the grocery store.

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