Thursday, April 10, 2014

Halpata Tastanaki Preserve “Good fences”

It’s fun to share parts of Florida that you don’t expect.

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We are surprised sometimes, too when we drive around to the State Parks and Wildlife Preserves.

Last weekend we drove to another entrance to one of our favorite hiking trails.

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We had already hiked for almost 2 hours at Ross Prairie so we just took a few photos of the trailhead and picked up a brochure.

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There are so many wildflowers blooming here this spring. Even the purple thistle looked pretty.

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Do you have good hiking trails where you live?

I hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy them!

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Thanks Tex for the Good Fences party!

(I’m early this week, I’ll link up tomorrow!)

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Enjoy your day!

38 comments:

Montanagirl said...

No bird hiking trails near here...several bodies of water we can visit though, in hopes of seeing shorebirds, etc. LOVE your fence!

ann said...

Colorado has great walking trails. As new lands (sadly) are developed, green space and paved walking trails are a part of green space development. Then there are the national and state parks both on the dry lands and in the mountains with great trails. I never really thought that Florida had prairie. Just swamps. Sea shore and Disney. LOL.

Diane said...

You're right-- doesn't look very FL-like, but very pretty. Purple thistles are neat, but soooo pokey! I've seen horses very carefully eat the flowers.

Linda R said...

Looks like a beautiful place to hike.

Hugs~

Debby Ray said...

Looks like a wonderful hike! I'll take wildflowers ANYWHERE...and those purple thistles are some the prettiest ones!

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Love your fences. Did you enter these in fences today. Called good fence.

With The Roundabout Range entry.

These are excellent!

Vee said...

No. We really have about zero trails to walk. There is a river walk "in the city" but so much crime there that we wouldn't think of using it. So our favorite trail remains the cemetery. I'd love having the trails you have available to you.

PatC - All is Bright said...

I like your photos. It looks like Texas! We have a few places to hike. One of my favorite would have to be at Gardner State Park.

Hugs
Pat

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

When Pigs Fly = When I retire!!
I love hiking and we try to get out and walk along the Chatahoochee River, but after working all week - there are so many "errands" to run!You truly have the best of two worlds! Fla. in the winter and all the many hiking trails and North Carolina with all of their trails!! Such diverse beauty!!
Love that wooden fence!!

Inger said...

I love a good fence shot and will join up after the A to Z is finished. We hike our lands, sometimes on coyote trails. The make good and straight ones.

TexWisGirl said...

really pretty area! could almost be texas!

love the fences. thanks for joining in!! (yay for early!) :)

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Very pretty! We have lots of trails, but it is too hot now, unless one gets up before dawn and goes for about an hour.

Margaret Adamson said...

Love seeing the countryside with the odd fence thrown in for good measure.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

So pretty. Athens, GA has lots of parks and trails to hike. I hope to explore more of them!
hugs, Linda

Elizabeth said...

We do not do any hiking anymore with Jim's COPD but we do enjoy long drives! I have been "playing" a lot this week,getting ready for Easter!

Sam I Am...... said...

NO trails here locally. There are many beautiful places in the "natural state" I just don't live near any of them and with snakes so prevalent here I stick mostly to the roads but there are lots of rarely traveled ones. I'll veer off in the Winter when the snakes are hibernating. LOL! Do you have to worry about snakes or gators on your hikes? The new trail looks interesting. I'm on the trail to Wal-Mart today if my SUV doesn't blow over...very windy here today. Lake and boating advisories are out but otherwise it's gorgeous; 76 and sunny. Thank you for taking me on your "trails"...I love that!
Maybe this week I'm due to photograph one of mine.

Jeanne said...

Very pretty!!

Susie said...

There are hiking trails in our state parks. I have done a few years ago. But now I walk in our city park....which has a paved walkway. :):) Blessings for a great sunny day. xoxo,Susie

cucki said...

So
Pretty.. Looks like a lovely place :)
Hugs x

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I'd love to come hike one of those trails with you. They all look nice.

NanaDiana said...

We have several areas we can walk, Diane, but no real hiking trails like you have. I just live vicariously through you!;>) xo Diana

eileeninmd said...

It is nice that Florida has so many preserves and parks.. The wildflowers are pretty, great fence shots! Have a happy day and weekend ahead!

georgettesullins said...

We have two parks nearby and then try to drive out to the country on the weekends. Nothing formal, just pull over by the side of the road to enjoy the wildflowers. Great post reminding us of our wildlife preserves.

Barbara said...

A photo and brochure leads to a real hike...next time! Tons of great trails in the NJ Pinelands. :)

Stephanie said...

Pretty spot for a hike.

Patsy said...

No we only have the neighborhood, but there is a hay field at the back of our home over the fence, could walk there but it is time for the snake to come out.
Happy Spring!

Blackberry Lane said...

Beautiful photos. Have a wonderful weekend coming up.

Laurie M said...

its lovely to see this side of Florida it s like you said, not what we think of Florida, but beautiful!

Primitive Stars said...

Love the area, fence looks so charming, Francine.

Ida said...

Lovely photos. This looks like a very beautiful place for hiking.

cynthia lee designs said...

Beautiful photos!! We actually live about 15 minutes from 2 different parks with great walking trails.
hugs,
Cindy

Carola Bartz said...

This looks beautiful, and what an interesting name! Yes, fortunately we have beautiful hiking trails here, both inland as well as on the coast, all of them hilly, some steep. All of them offer lovely views and lots of wildlife. I hike them as often as I can.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

How do you find all of these great places...I have never even heard of it! You are taking this Florida girl to so many places she has never seen in Florida!!! This is the time to do it before it gets way to hot!! Great pictures

Carol

Musings from Kim K. said...

You really do have the best hiking adventures. I can't wait until the weather warms up everything so that we aren't walking in mud.

Deb said...

I'm with Tex...I thought of Texas when I saw these photos...great shots...we have lot's of cool hiking places in our area

Brian King said...

Gorgeous country!

Susan said...

I do like hiking and hope that now Spring is here to do more, XOXO

Doreen@househoneys said...

It's nice to see that Florida has such diverse areas and ones that don't include the stereotypical palm trees and flat topography. Who knew??

We have many, many trails here in NY, and at least as many in Massachusetts where we are moving permanently to on Tuesday. Sorry I've been MIA but moving will do that to you ;).