Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Enjoying the Summer in Florida!

We packed a lot into the holiday weekend. Even though we are retired, it’s still fun to do something special for the holidays.

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It’s been too hot to hike but we woke up to a beautiful morning on the 4th and drove down to the Withlacoochee Bridge in Dunnellon to walk on the new trail. It was 83 degrees which wasn’t too bad.

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And the scenes along the trail were worth it.

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We hiked for 1 hr 20 min and this was our 31st hike of the year.

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Hubby took my new profile pic in the sidebar and the rest of these I took. I didn’t alter any of them. They are straight out of the camera.

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Did you get outside to enjoy nature over the holiday weekend?

51 comments:

Diane said...

Sensational! Love the last photo!!

ann said...

We did get outside--to work in the garden. Yesterday we drove to Estes Park, a mountain tourist destination where we met a couple who summer there and winter in Sarasota,FL where they do guided fishing tours. Your photos are lovely. I never realized how pretty Florida is and what a variety of landscape it offers.

Patty Sumner said...

Just beautiful pics! Wow, 31 hikes for the year.. Great! Keep enjoying your walks.. Blessings!

Debby Ray said...

Beautiful photos! Your hubby did good!

Joyce Mayer said...

Hi Miss Lavender Dreams,

Yes, but all we have to do is step out on our upstairs porch and we are surrounded by trees and nature. And, it was 54 degrees on the 4th and that was exciting.

Hugs,
Prudence ♥

kathyinozarks said...

Loved your photos! still working on my hubby to walk or hike with me

Vee said...

Yes. I would have found your 80 plus degrees in the morning a bit warm, but I definitely found our 56 degrees too cold. LOL! Some people ain't nevah happy! Beautiful photos and your new profile photo is great! You always look so cute!

Susie said...

You look great. I think walking together and sharing your hikes is good for both of you. I am sure you discover things together. You are doing fabulous hiking that many times. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Musings from Kim K. said...

What a gorgeous place for hiking. Love all your beautiful pictures. How fun that you can enjoy this activity together. Such great exercise too!

Lorrie said...

What a beautiful place for a hike. Everything is so green and lush. Your photos capture the tropical feeling very well. How great you look in the photo taken by your husband!

TexWisGirl said...

so lush!

i mowed yard - does that count? :)

Debby said...

Such pretty pictures. Good profile pictures.

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Diane, these are all so gorgeous, including that new sidebar photo. :)
xo Laura

Betty Sneeringer said...

I am enjoying the Florida summer too. I have taken some great pictures through my dining room window! I wish I had a walking partner. You must have a great time hiking. Your pictures are interesting.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

How pretty there!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Gorgeous photos! You are really enjoying hiking I can tell. I got outside a bit while moving and unpacking more stuff for mom, does that count?? :)

Linda

cucki said...

So beautiful xxx

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

These shots look so peaceful and serene (just like you in your profile photo) :-) xx

It's me said...

Enjoy summer Darling...love from me...x!

Julie Corbisiero said...

Wow what gorgeous photos and looks like you had a nice walk! We went to the beach on Saturday and I almost went swimming but the water was a little too cold for me. Have a nice afternoon.
Julie

Crafty in the Med said...

Brill photo of you!!!!

Stunning photos and although I know it is hot over your way everything in these pics looks so cool,green and inviting!

keep well

Amanda x

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Diane,
Wow, what a beautiful walk. Your photos are lovely! I see your are making dolls, what fun. My sister and I use to make them years ago.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Chatty Crone said...

I did not get out to nature walk - but I enjoyed yours! lol

The Boston Lady said...

Love those Florida scenes! And a great new profile picture! We had Florida-like weather here with more humidity I have felt since moving here! I love those little rivers that run throughout Florida - I miss scenes such as that since we are in drought conditions here. Ann

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

As always, you find and share lovely Florida!

Karen Ann said...

What a great place to hike! and that's a loooong hike session, good for you! We went kayaking this weekend and have walked a few times at the beach and the back trails. It's been beautiful! But a bit muggy.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a beautiful place to hike. It was too hot around here over the weekend, but did have a relaxing time.

Jane and Chris said...

Do you realise that you live in paradise?!
Jane x

Shug said...

Some gorgeous scenes. who doesn't enjoy plush greenery and lots of water..... so relaxing!! Glad you had a good weekend.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love all your photos from your hike! Congrats on your 31st hike of the year...can't wait to see how many you have done by the end of the year.
hugs,
Cindy

podso said...

That looks like a beautiful hike. The weather here on the weekend was really delightful too, like it sounds like yours was. Low humidity makes a world of difference! Your little dolls in earlier post are so sweet! I spent some of the weekend catching up after being away and trying hard not to take a nap!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Your photos are beautiful, as is your profile picture! Holy hikes! How many more?

Jill said...

Those are beautiful pictures - you two are a busy couple!,

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful photos that you took Diane of the trail.
Such a lovely place to hike.
You must be having hot weather there now!
Here its between 28 29ºcel. just perfect. We will be getting hotter weather.
I was in the garden at the weekend.
Also family were here.
wishing you a happy week..
val x

Margaret said...

A really lovely photo of you! Very beautiful area too! Maggie

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

What a beautiful place and photos, just lovely and so lush and green. Gorgeous!

Thammie TheDollMaker said...

Hi Diane!
Congratulation on your 31st hike! The scenery sure is beautiful. Thanks for sharing some photos with us. I have two favourite: the last one and the third one starting from the end.
Keep having fun my friend. Hugs!

Arlette

Pamela Gordon said...

What a beautiful place to walk Diane. I would love that and I think it's great that you and your hubby are getting out on so many wonderful hikes together. We had a wild weekend here with Tropical Storm Arthur arriving early Saturday morning so we didn't get out at all to enjoy nature. In fact, much of nature has been destroyed in Arthur's wake with thousands of beautiful trees torn from their roots. It's a different world out there this week but we are thankful to be safe and received only minor damage. Hugs, Pam

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello from Michigan. Such a very lovely hike you all enjoyed over the holiday..Such glorious scenery.Congratulation on all your 31 hikes this year fantastic. Hugs Judy

Carla from The River said...

Hello,
Beautiful!
We went canoeing over the weekend. It was great to get outside and explore the river. :-)
Carla

Jeanne said...

It was a beautiful weekend here and I did get outside. Your pictures are lovely.

Red Rose Alley said...

Diane,
Wow, these are great pictures, and you didn't work with them at all. Florida looks so green. I'm glad you had a good time on your hike. I just saw a deer in one of the back neighborhoods here. It was certainly a sight.

Thank you for the birthday wishes for Nel. It means so much to me.

love,
~Sheri

Laurie Ritchey said...

What gorgeous scenery. Your photo shots are great. laurie

Jen Vandervoort said...

Hey Diane, you look so svelte, and happy in your pic! All that hiking is great to keep you in shape, and good for the soul..

Your shots are gorgeous, it looks so beautiful there.

Jen

Deborah Montgomery said...

I like your new profile picture Diane, and you sure hiked through some beautiful scenery!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Hi Diane!
Wow! 31 hikes-so very cool and what a great way to keep in shape, that is why your new profile picture looks so amazing! Beautiful photos!
xo
Jemma

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

It looks beautiful! Such lovely pictures you took!! We actually went kayaking after the parade. We had perfect weather right around 80 and sunny :) Luke (hubby) and I enjoying our little adventure around a quite lake, weaving in and out of lily pads. Have a great rest of the week! xo Holly

Blackberry Lane said...

A very scenic place to enjoy your walk together. Have a nice day.

marlu said...

Beautiful pictures. My first visit to your site.
I love that you don't "enhance" your photos. I guess there is a place for that in the art world, but I prefer straight out of the camera or whatever they call it.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

I like your new pic- pretty! 1st & 3rd shots above are just so serene looking..

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

What a nice place you have been in.

It is lovely to see :)