Friends of Scotchman Peak Wilderness spread the word to Ft Lauderdale, FLA

Hi, I’m Jim Murphy administrative assistant in training at FSPW.I joined the group August 1st of this year. It has been an exciting time and I thought I would share one of my adventure.

I flew to Ft Lauderdale on September 22nd to spend time with my son, Brian, and his friends. We planned to fish on Friday, attend a University of Miami football game on Saturday and end the visit with a barbecue on Sunday.

Heading out to open waters
Heading out to open waters

Friday afternoon we headed out to sea. I figured this would this would be a good time to pass out the FSPW swag and tell the story of the 88,000 acres of pristine wilderness and the battle to have Congress declare this area a Wilderness. They agreed this was a worthwhile cause and would check us out on Face book and on our website.

We were about four miles off shore in about 1000 feet of clear blue water and not having much luck fishing. We decided to take a swim and jumped in, the water was about 80 degrees, what a pleasant experience. We headed back to shore and ran across a school of mahi-mahi. This provided an additional tasty treat for our Sunday bar-be-cue.

I left sunny, 80 degrees, Ft Lauderdale on Monday evening and arrived in Spokane that same evening and was greeted by rain and cool temperatures. Wednesday the sun came out and temperatures were cool. It looks like fall hiking season is here.

Oh, by the way, the football game was fun but the Canes lost. This was a wonderful trip and a great opportunity to spread the word.

— Jim Murphy

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About The Author:

Sandy Compton has been program coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness since 2009. He is also a storyteller and author of both fiction and non-fiction books, and the publisher at

In addition to his other duties, he runs the FSPW All Star Trail Team (, which works on Forest Service trails in the Scotchman Peaks. He is a trail surveyor as well, and a C-Certified Crosscut Bucker/Feller and USFS National Saw Policy OHLEC instructor.

Sandy grew up on a small farm/woodlot at the south end of the proposed wilderness and lives there still. He is also board member of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and a planning team member for the Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute.

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