Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Leaves are back ON the tree!

We traveled back to Florida to enjoy the warm temps of a Florida Fall!

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Our first outing was Sunday afternoon.

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The weather was fabulous….79 degrees with low humidity and a light breeze.

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So we took a 2 hour hike in the Ross Prairie State Forest.

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(Spanish moss hanging from a live oak tree)

I found a website here to plan more hikes.

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There’s so much to do here year round!

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And we enjoyed being out in nature.

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We saw lots of wildflowers and berries on the vines.

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I’ll share a few other ‘sightings’ later in the week!

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I’m so happy to be back in the Sunshine State!

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I’m joining Coastal Charm ,

Brenda at the Cozy Little House

and Inspire me Tuesday .

Is it time to put up the Halloween decorations and get out the Christmas decor? hahaha

44 comments:

Cranberry Morning said...

I remember the first time entering Florida. Living in NW Wisconsin, it was like visiting a different planet. Beautiful photos, Diane.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

You are lucky having nice warm weather to walk in. We had our coldest overnight temperatures so far this season. Snow is in communities to the north of us but hasn't reached us yet.

ann said...

I have never been to Florida. I know these things about the sunshine state: sandy beaches, Disney World, Everglades, mossy swamps, and hurricanes. Just as many probably vision Colorado as one big ski resort. So I am learning about your home. Your photos are wonderful.

Donna said...

We've got the furnace going here and there you are in shorts and a t-top, LOL. Yes, you ought to take advantage of your mild weather and opportunities to get out. It looks like a nice trail.

And look at the backlighting on that plant in the last photo! You won't have a bit of trouble in the next photo challenge topic.

Patty Sumner said...

Oh I am so envious today... we have an early snow on the ground and temps in the low 30's... the windchill is even lower....Beautiful pics.. enjoy! I can see why you love the sunshine state.. Blessings!

cucki said...

Wow it's so beautiful...
Sending you lots of love x

ClickNCamera said...

Our leaves have almost all dropped and I'm bored with the bare trees already. One day I'll escape to Florida. Beautiful post! Enjoy your day...

Montanagirl said...

What a fun thing to do! I'll be thinking of you as winter settles in on us. We received about a half inch of snow, but it's supposed to be up to 53 by Wednesday. Crazy weather.

Susie said...

So many pretty things to see while hiking. Your winters are easier to handle than ours:):) We did get a 1/2 inch of snow...so now I am ready for Spring :):) Enjoy your day sweet friend, xoxo,Susie

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love Florida this time of year. Temps are perfect and not so humid! Love that you are back to your Florida home!
hugs,
Linda

Haddock said...

That Spanish moss is something I have never seen before. Nice pictures.
Like that last picture.... catching the sunlight.

Jeanne said...

I wish I could just hop on a plane and take a walk there myself.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You guys do certainly get around!! That's an awesome web site - Florida Hikes!! You see some beautiful parts of Fla this way!!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

You will be glad you're back in Florida when most of us are talking about snow and cold temps. We haven't had too much cold weather yet, but it's on the way! And, yes, I'm about ready to take down the fall decor and put up Christmas. Have a nice day!

TexWisGirl said...

you do get the best of both worlds. :)

Inger said...

What a lovely place. It reminds me of a long time ago when I left Princeton, NJ in the midst of winter and arrived in San Diego, CA. Now I live in the mountains and can't wait for the first snow to fall.

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

What a great place to hike. Your warm weather sounds really nice. Especially since it snowed here this morning. xo Laura

Christine said...

Great blog post title, it got me wondering what you were up too!
Your hike was definitely worth while as the pics look lovely.
No sign of christmas yet then!

Terri Buster said...

Lovely- and so warm!

Laurie Ritchey said...

Diane, for a moment, reading your post, I felt the warmth, and it was wonderful. It turned cold here last night. Your photos are beautiful. What a wonderful way to spend the winter months. laurie

Noelle the dreamer said...

The leaves are back on the trees? Now, that caught my attention (and it appears many others!)
Enjoyed the stroll with you Diane, thanks for sharing!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Oh, I love that moss. I need to get out and go on a nice hike.

It was pretty cold here today in Chicago - 25 degrees and a dusting of snow.

Pamela Gordon said...

It looks so nice there Diane. I would enjoy some sunshine and heat for a few days even. It's nice to find new places to hike in nature. Have a great week!

The Boston Lady said...

I always enjoy stopping by your blog, especially when you are in FL and I can feel a bit homesick! Fall and spring were my favorite times of year there with the perfect temps and humidity levels. Wonderful pictures, Diane. Ann

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

I would move to Florida in a heart beat. We have way below normal temperatures today and 15 minutes of heavy flurries coming down... in TN!! I might just have to move to warmer temps

BECKY said...

Looks like paradise! I've never been in Florida except in summer months...one of these days, that's going to change! :)

GardenOfDaisies said...

So many beautiful sights along the way. The hiking guide sounds like it will come in very handy this winter, since your temps stay nice through pretty much the whole season.

Zaa said...

Lucky you ..It's one of my favourite place…I used to live in Daytona and truly miss the lichen dripping from the giant trees and the warm moist smell of the air… not to mention the ocean ..We're experiencing snow here so I'm envying your in your shorts and dreaming that I'm walking the sunlit paths … Thanks for the memories…hugs

Crafy Lady said...

What a beautiful outing. I really need to get out and enjoy nature more3 often. I live near Pensacola so would need to go find a nice hiking place.
Have a great day.
Barbara
xoxo

Musings from Kim K. said...

Amazing how different one state can be from another. It got down to 17 degrees last night. Gorgeous pictures, Diane.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I'll bet you're glad to be back. As I look out to a snowy landscape, I can't wait to get down there for February. I'll be checking out the hiking site too - thanks for providing it.

cynthia lee designs said...

Welcome back home to your sunshine state!! That park looks like a beautiful place to go hiking.
hugs,
Cindy

Red Rose Alley said...

Diane,
Your hike looks wonderful. I love nature, and I go to it every chance I get. There is so much peace to be found there. You look like you are enjoying nature at its finest.

Love,
~Sheri

Carol Z said...

Your pictures are so bright and sunny for our cold weather. Just a few days ago I was enjoying the Spanish moss in Louisiana and today it's winter coat and gloves.

Curtains in My Tree said...

Well honey it was 10 degrees wind chill here this morning
However has warmed up with h sun out today
Old man winter is in Missouri
I like cold weather also

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I hear this time of year is the best in Florida till about March...then I couldn't stand the humidity! I remember that moss hanging on the trees at Disney...so pretty! Have a wonderful rest of your time there!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Oh sure, rub it in! Enjoy your lovely Florida weather and think of the rest of us shivering away up north :O) Deb

Ivy and Elephants said...

Gorgeous photos. Welcome home!
Hugs,
Patti

Art and Sand said...

Beautiful photos . . . fun hike . . . warm weather . . . sounds pretty good to me.

Suzan Sweatman said...

I'm so jealous - it's getting cooold here now!!!
Loving those berries on the vine - I could decorate something with them!!!
Moving next week - terrified about Christmas this year with a whole house to renovate lol
XOXO

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

While I have been to Florida once many years ago, I actually prefer cooler climates, Diane. But, getting out for a hike in weather that is as lovely as you described is indeed wonderful. Flurries and frost this week on the VA eastern shore and 70s by the weekend!

Pamelyn said...

Thanks for sharing these photos of the Florida that is more than just beaches and Disney World!
~Pamelyn

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love your Florida Fall pictures! We feel so fortunate to be here! Thank you for the link to the hike website! Great to have that resource.

Karen said...

Some beautiful shots you've got here! Love those moss covered trees, too... always cherish seeing them when I'm down south visiting.