Speakers:  Sandra Friend & John Keatley, authors, life members of the Florida Trail Association.

With more than 20 years of experience as a freelance writer and author, Sandra Friend is best known for connecting readers with nature through writing and photography. Author of 33 books and recipient of numerous awards, Sandra has served as the Freelance Council Chair for the Society of American Travel Writers and on the Board of Directors of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. In 2006 she founded the popular outdoor website FloridaHikes.com, which she publishes with her husband and writing partner John Keatley. 

After a 33-year career on the Space Shuttle program, John Keatley turned his decades of journaling towards writing about the outdoors. A member of both the Society of American Travel Writers and the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, he is an avid cyclist with tens of thousands of miles ridden on the East Coast. Sandra and John live on the Space Coast. Both are long distance hikers and life members of the Florida Trail Association.