Saturday, May 10, 2014


I chose a word for 2014 at the beginning of the year.


As most of you know, I keep a journal. I have kept one since the ‘70s! Wow! That’s a LONG time! Anyway, it comes in handy when you want to look back and document something special.


So it was fun to look back at all of our hikes and make a list. We did our first serious hike on November 10, 2013. So here we are 6 months later and we’ve gone on 24 hikes, each hike averaging 2 hours.


(this doesn’t count walks at Sholom park or  neighborhood ‘strolls’)


24 hikes in 6 months.

I feel kind of proud of what we’ve accomplished. We’ve gotten into better shape and enjoyed the great outdoors, too. Florida has so much to offer. I know hiking is probably not what you think about when you plan a vacation to Florida. But we live in the central part of the state near Ocala National Forest and many preserves so we want to take advantage of what we have close by.


I’m joining Beautiful Sunday,

Mosaic Monday,

 Amaze me Monday

and Tex for the Good Fences party!

good fences


Most of our hikes were taken at

 Ross Prairie State Forest,

Halpata Tastanaki Preserve,

the Cross Florida Greenway,

Pruitt Trailhead and

Silver Springs State Park.


And we have so many more we want to



Don’t let anything stop you!


Find a way to EXPLORE!


Montanagirl said...

Wow - good for you guys for all your hiking. Husband and I should do more of that. We see a lot of padlocked gates in our area too - and most of them are on the State or Federal Preserves where "we the people" should be able to wander around and look at things.

Pamela Gordon said...

That is awesome Diane. What a great way to get lots of exercise and to enjoy the beauty outdoors. You have the perfect climate to do it in (for me). I don't like the cold so find all kinds of excuses to stay indoors. Your photos are beautiful! Enjoy the weekend. Hugs. Pam

Diane said...

Wonderful photos! Really like the Ross Prairie one. So nice to have a hobby that includes exercise! Bonus!

The Bear's Blog said...


My friend Jackie is president of her company that moves the gopher tortoises when their natural habitat is in danger. I always enjoyed hearing where they went and how many animals they saved. They also dive when a new dock is being planned to make sure all is legal.

Happy Saturday. It's cool and rainy here but everything is blooming and it is spectacular. Allergies - don't ask.

TexWisGirl said...

love it! how good for both of you! and do, please, link up next thursday!

camp and cottage living said...

You should be proud, Diane!
It is wonderful to get out and explore God's handiwork.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I use to enjoy hiking very much. I have 'issues' with my feet now but still enjoy some walking! It's a great exercise.


Vee said...

That is great! You are our inspiration!

Suzan said...

You guys live in Old Florida - a beautiful area!! Sure hope you take a chance to paddle either by canoe or kayak on the Juniper Springs run!! It starts out as just a small spring bubbling up and eventually flows into the St. Johns River- well - actually Lake George and then into the River.
My Mom and Dad graduated from Eustis in 49 and use to go to the Juniper Springs pool. And it hasn't changed a bit from that time!!

Susie said...

You and your husband have done very well, hiking and exploring. No wonder you are in great shape girl !! Hope you have good weather for this weekend, xoxo,Susie

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

That is a lot of hiking! You live in a beautiful part of the state. We like to hike up here at Dupont.

Inger said...

What a good idea to choose a word for the year and sticking to it with your hikes and explorations.

Buttercup said...

You're inspiring me. I need to get6 out and about in the nice weather we have now and do more walking. Have a wonderful weekend!

Maureen Wyatt said...

That is a great idea! We do so much exploring when we travel and don't do it nearly enough around our own homes. You must be getting in great shape.

Stacey said...

I admire that y'all do this so much! You are exercising your body and brain along with seeing beautiful sights. Having fun together too! I have done some research about where we can hike near us because of your posts. We haven't gone yet but we will. You inspire!

PatC - All is Bright said...

That is what life is all about! Enjoy it my friend.

Happy Mother's Day!


Anonymous said...

I think its wonderful that you have kept a journal all this time, an wow, the miles you have hiked, you are an inspiration, you truly are,

sweetbriardreams said...

Explore is a great word and you certainly have been with your hikes. I'm looking forward to getting my exploring mojo back soon! Have a great weekend xx

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Great for you! Love that word! xoxo

Little Susie Home Maker said...

So nice of you to stop by my blog! Just read several of your recent posts. I am I'm love with all of your photography and the effects you use! Thanks for all the tips! I think hiking is fun! Glad you get to enjoy it so much. Your little bears are cute, too. It's so good to see what you been doing.

Decor To Adore said...

How cute are you!!! And so fit!

Have a beautiful weekend.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Wow! You go girl! That's a lot of hikes. It's wonderful that you are exploring your surroundings and enjoying it. What a great place to live Diane!

Blessings, Edie Marie

Patsy said...

I think that is wonderful. I would love to do the same.

acorn hollow said...

We started hiking last summer and did very well and then winter hit and we now have to get the old body moving again. I was wondering do you see many snakes?
we never do but no poisonous ones here.

Unknown said...

Thank you for that beautiful walk, I enjoyed it! I love to explore too!
Bam Bam found one of those little gopher turtles in our back yard the other day and freaked out. I picked it up and moved it outside the fence to safety!
Now Bam Bam looks for it every time he goes out back, guess he likes to explore also!
Have a great Mother's Day!
Your friend, Dorothy

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

A good way to get some exercise and see different parts of the state. It's also a good bonding session, I'd imagine.
Happy Mother's Day.

Nancy's Notes said...

Way to go! What a great way to work out, hiking is just the best! You should be so proud of yourselves, the number of hikes you all have taken is amazing! Mind and body getting the best~


cynthia lee designs said...

I love seeing all the places that you have gone hiking at. What a great way to see the beautiful outdoors and to get exercise too.

Diane Writes said...

Congratulations for the record!!! Not everyone can own and build that record. Wishing you more hiking adventures namemate. Happy Mother's Day too!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Wishing you a very special mother's day! How wonderful that you've been able to share all your hiking adventures with us. What a great way to get fantastic exercise and enjoy the outdoors too!

cucki said...

Love it so much x

Donna Wilkes said...

What a wonderful way to get out and explore. We have a gopher tortoise preserve near us. I love to hike, but have not in months. This inspires me to go!

September Violets said...

I love the photos of the areas where you hike. Good for you to be exploring so much of Florida's trails. You've hiked a lot of miles!! You're a great inspiration :) Wendy x

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

love the shut / open gate at the end of the post! :)

Unknown said...

Great places to hike. I love hiking but don't get many chances to do them. You are one lucky lady to have such great places to go.
Hugs, Lynnie

TexWisGirl said...

thanks for linking in!

Ida said...

Way to go for all those hikes. You've got to see some great stuff and enjoy nature. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Awesome post. I loved this!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So nice you get to share the great outdoors together, what a blessing!