Thursday, December 31, 2015

We DID IT!!!

We made our 50th hike this week!!!

 
 Even in record breaking temps! (it was 85 degrees!)

We hiked the Florida Trails because we knew we would have more shade in the pine forest. We even had a nice breeze. (but it was still HOT)

Do you remember when we found the "Easter Egg tree" a few years ago? 


About a mile from the trail head, deep in the pine forest, there's a tree that is decorated every time we go by. Usually we go in the Spring just to see it, so what a nice surprise to see it decked out in Christmas ornaments.

 

 

This is 'me' looking up

 

taking this photo.

 

You just never know what you'll see!
 
 
 
I’m joining Tex for the
 
 
The entrance to this trail doesn't look very interesting but walk through and find out what's beyond.
 
 
 
Here's to another great year of hiking and 
spending time enjoying the beauty that surrounds us.

45 comments:

Diane said...

Congrats on 50! Happy New Year!

Stacey said...

Diane, that is so awesome! So good for you and so enjoyable too. Keep it up!

Boopnut said...

I love where you live! It would be wonderful to hike those trails. Love that little tree!
Deb

Mimi said...

Congratulations, Diane & Hubby! What an accomplishment! How fun that someone takes the time to decorate those trees...there ARE good people in the world. :-) Happy New Year, my friend!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

This warm weather is crazy!! My Mom in St. Augustine is loving it!! Here in Atlanta my jasmine is in full bloom!! This weekend it's supposed to freeze, so we won't have spring blossoms :-{{
There HAS to be a story about the tree!! What a fun find!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR Diane!!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

And - CONGRATULATIONS on hitting #50!!!
You two are amazing!!! What a wonderful way to see Florida!! The TRUE Beautiful Florida!!!

Vee said...

Someone has a lot of fun decorating the tree for others to enjoy! A very cool thing to do. Glad that you found it. Fifty hikes is a lot. Are you setting that goal again for 2016?

Arlene Grimm said...

Congrats!! I have told Marvin that I want to emulate you and your husband when Marvin retires. One day a week will be hiking day! Thanks for the inspiration.

Karen Ann said...

oh, how fun. Congrats to you and what a fun find!

Kathy said...

50 hikes! Wow!! Good for you. I love to hike but my body is rebelling these days. You always see such interesting things. Love the Christmas tree.

Christine said...

Well done on reaching your goal! A very satisfying end to the year & how much fun to find a tree all decorated for Christmas!
Happy New Year, Diane!

Denise said...

One of My most favorite things in this whole wide world is Pine Forests.Have You ever found out the story behind the tree?That would be a fun post.Wishing You and Your Family a lovely New Year full of Joy.I'm going to be writing a New Year post in a few min.,if I can just find something to start the New Year out with-OX Denise

cucki said...

Congrats on 50 ..big hugs
Happy new year x

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Way to go--and thank you for taking us along on all those walks--
what is your goal for 2016??
smiles, di

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Congratulations! Blessings to you and your spouse for the New Year.xoxo Su

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Good for you both - hiking is so health beneficial! Years ago my big brother walked the entire Appalachian Trail (Maine to Georgia,) and I still can't believe he did that! it took over hald a year to do it!

I soooo need to get moving more in 2016! Swimming is a favorite for me, and just got a new better fitting swimming suit last week. Yay.

That decorated tree is NEAT! Wonbder who does it - and way out there to boot, how surprising and fun!

May your new year be blessed with good health,laughter, love and peace.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, it is fun seeing the Christmas ornaments and trees right off the trail. A nice place for a walk. I wish you and yours a very happy, healthy New Year!

Ida said...

Could you send some of your warm weather my way! - It's a chilly 20 here today. - Enjoyed your gate and the wonderful decorated tree. It's been a pleasure blogging with you this year. Here's to 2016 & more great posts. Happy New Year!

Vicky Weaver said...

Hope there's lots more hiking for you in 2016! Happy New Year, Diane!

TexWisGirl said...

i just love it! :) thanks for sharing this lovely 50th walk!

BeachGypsy said...

I knew yall could do it!! Way to go!! Proud if you!! Happy new year my sweet friend!! Hugs!!

Carla from The River said...

Yay!! I am so proud of you.
Happy New Year,
Carla

Debbie said...

I wonder who decorates the tree, perhaps you know!! Happy 2016 my friend, I hope it is kind to you!!

20 North Ora said...

Happy New Year Dian!

Judy

Debby Ray said...

Congratulations on the big 5-0! Happy New Year too! :)

doodles n daydreams said...

A fun post. Well done on the 50th.
I like your fun header, quite whimsical.

Diana

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I knew you could do it. And this last hike was wonderful as well - I like the decorated tree - wonder how they did all that? I like odd things like that. Happy New Year my dear friend - looks like we will have another good year together with our dolls.

Cranberry Morning said...

Yeah, that temp is a little too hot for me, but it still looks like a fun hike!! May you have many more wonderful adventures in 2016, Diane. xo

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi -I so often see you around the blogs I visit- that I thought I would visit you too!

Well done on your hiking, I love going walking, but those temperatures and sunshine are a bit different to what we are experiencing in parts of the UK!

Happy and Healthy New Year Wishes

All the best Jan

Kathy said...

That is so remarkable that someone packs in those ornaments and decorates the tree for the seasons.
Wishing you a happy new year!

Barb said...

Here's to 50 more!!
Wishing you and your family the very best in the New Year!!
Enjoy,
Barb

edenhills said...

What a lot of hiking! That is quite the accomplishment! What a fun Christmas tree. Happy 2016!

Red Rose Alley said...

Aahh, that's wonderful that the tree on the trail is decorated for Christmas. You don't see that often deep in the forest. But God is all around us, and what a beautiful reminder this is. Wow, your 50th hike, that's amazing, Diane.

Happy New Year to you, my friend.

love, ~Sheri

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Thinking of you Diane and wishing you a beautiful and blessed year.
I hope that this year brings you continued good health, much laughter, lots of love and smiles.
May joy surround your every moment!
With love,
Jemma

Ivy and Elephants said...

Congratulations, you two are amazing!
Wishing you a happy and blessed new year!
Hugs,
Patti

Art @ Home said...

How much fun! Thanks for sharing the tree with us.

Gina said...

50 hikes! That is amazing. Your walkabouts are very inspiring, Diane. Happy New Year to you!

cynthia lee designs said...

Congrats on 50 hikes!! We only got 3 in this year. Our plan is to try for 10 this year. Love seeing all the beautiful photos that you have shared with us from your hikes.
hugs,
Cindy

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Congrats on a very respectable 50 hikes - I'm impressed!

I have a blogger friend that just did a post on a Christmas ornament trail in Oregon. I think these are so cool. I'd love to start something like that in Chicago but I'm afraid it would be vandalized around here.

Happy New Year Diane! xo

laurie said...

what a treasure to find on the trail!
Happy New Year!!

Regine Karpel said...

Beautiful

Susie said...

Diane, Congratulations on all those hikes. You and your husband are amazing. I love that you hike together. It good you see so many fun things...like the ornaments. Love that. Hope you are both feeling fine and I am wishing good health and peace in your new year. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Congrats on your 50th hike! Here's to a great new year! :)

Gayle said...

50 hikes - job well done. And an extra surprise finding the Christmas Tree.

Pamela Gordon said...

Yay for accomplishing 50 hikes last year! That's is awesome Diane. The decorated tree is so interesting. I've sen people posting pictures of just one ornament on a tree on a trail which is kind of neat to see too. Keep up with the hiking in 2016!