The winter months are the best time to get out on the trails here in Florida. The weather is nice and the cooler temps are perfect.
Swallowtail Kite, photo taken yesterday
During the first 3 months of this year we went on 18 hikes, averaging 1 hour and 45 minutes for each.
We also went to the beach a few times. When we first moved here I wondered why anyone would ‘hike’ when they had the choice to go to the beach and walk. But our favorite beach Cananveral National Seashore is 100 miles from our house and our favorite hiking trails, Ross Prairie and Halpata Tastanaki Preserve are 5 miles from our house. So it’s been nice to find the joy of hiking again and the day trips to the beach are even more special.
Several of you have wondered how to find hiking trails in your area. We found most of ours by driving around and then going to the State Parks site for our state HERE. You could do this too and find out what trails are near you.
Scrub Jays in Halpata Taskanaki Preserve
Getting out in nature is always an adventure. This year we’ve seen deer, a raccoon in a tree, a covey of Bobwhites twice and several Scrub Jays. We’ve seen hawks, osprey, all kinds of common birds and a swallowtail kite. We watched a pocket gopher and even got photos of him, and listened to owls calling to each other. We’ve seen families hiking, a horse and carriage and bicyclists. Wildflowers and water lilies blooming in a pond. Pileated woodpeckers and wild turkeys on the run. It’s been amazing.
An Easter egg tree right on the trail.
We’ve met a really nice Forest Ranger that told us about a trail nearby that he enjoyed and now we’ve hiked it several times. He explained about the control burns and gave us info on some of the critters we’ve wondered about. (he is NOT the person that told us about B*ig F*oot! haha)
I hope you have a beautiful and blessed weekend.
If you have a chance, get outside and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.
I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE.
And I'd Rather B Birdin' .