Saturday, November 17, 2018


Want to go hiking with me?


We’ll park at Halpata Tastanaki Preserve, the SR 200 trailhead and take a little walk. Oh, look…no one else is here!



that’s what my hubby says about the way I hike!


Oh look….a pretty bird! The Florida Scrubjay!


Do you see the sweet yellow flowers next to the trail!


Oooohhh…look how pretty it makes the trail look!



YIKES….is that a MACK truck behind me?


Ah….the dangers of hiking in the preserve! hahahaha!


But they gave me friendly waves and just stirred up the dust.

No harm done! He was bringing equipment in to clear the fire break road. He opened a locked gate to drive in. It’s RARE to see a vehicle in the Preserve. (it’s CLOSED to traffic)

And what was the most exciting siting of the day?


A deer crossed the trail in front of me.


He slowed down enough for 2 photos! How nice of him.


(no hikers were harmed in the making of this post!)


I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.


eileeninmd said...

Hello, the truck is an unusual sighting on the trail. I guess it is necessary to keep the road clear. I like the Florida ScrubJay and the pretty deer. It is nice the deer posed for your photos. The yellow flowers are pretty. Thanks for linking and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend! PS, thanks for the comment and visit.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Well I go through life rather Yes, seeing a Mack truck bearing down on the trail would be rather unusual. Glad you got out of the way.:) My knee has been bothering me so my walking has slowed down some in order to rest it. I am sure orthopedic shoes are in my future.

Jeanie said...

That scrubjay photo is great. Don't you love it when you catch them with something in their mouth?

Vee said...

Lalalalala hiking? Now that’s funny! 😆

Sandy said...

I love the scrubjay picture. I just love birds!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You are so funny. Your hikes make my day! La la la la la!!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Some great shots today.

I've never caught a scrubjay. They are cool birds.

Sandra said...

Hubby stopped hiking with me after a few times because he spent most of his time either behind waiting or in front waiting. it seems I stop a LOT, as in every few steps. it was better when I hiked with my friend and her camera. I love the shots of the big truck in the park... Diane and I once came up on a bulldozer in the park.. of course I posted pics of it.

Lea said...

Great photos! Love the deer!
Those big trucks are scary, but it is good that they keep the roads and trails well maintained.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Out on the prairie said...

I often wonder sometimes if I get my heart rate up, I too am walking slow

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful deer,, so light colored and lovely, I love hiking with you!

NanaDiana said...

Nothing like seeing the 'wild' life on the trail---like a 'wild' truck! Great pictures and that looks like a pretty good sized deer for a FL deer. They are usually pretty small.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. xo Diana

NanaDiana said...

Oh darn it....did I just click out without before sending my comment? lol Anyway- great walk-despite the truck on the trail. That looks like a good sized deer for a FL deer. They are usually pretty small. xo Diana

Ann said...

I like to walk fast but I also like to walk slow and see what's around me. It all depends on my mood. Thanks for taking me along on your hike

Tom said...

...maintenance come first!

Adam Jones said...

Looks like a great place to go for a walk in some lovely peace and quiet. A cool looking Jay.

Susie said...

Diane, That made me laugh about what you husband said...You do get to see some pretty sights. If you walked faster you would miss some of it or scare the deer and not get a photo. I love the Scrubjays. Oh I might have picked up the pace with a big truck coming. LOL Keep on lalalala-ing. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

carol l mckenna said...

What a mixed bag hike ~ neat photos ~ favorite are the deer ones! ^_^

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Lowcarb team member said...

Love the photograph of the Florida Scrubjay … and your other pictures too ... well done on getting the deer.

Have a lovely weekend.

All the best Jan

Terri D said...

I always enjoy going hiking with you!! Does that count toward my exercise?! LOL Wonderful photos, as always!

Anni said...

I always enjoy going with you on your hikes! That scrub Jay is pretty (we don't have them here along the coast of Texas).

Thanks so much for linking in & sharing with us at I'd Rather B Birdin" this week.

Ps...I'm okay, thanks for asking.

Jenn Jilks said...

That's really fun!
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

happyone said...

That is a wonderful picture of the srubjay. Isn't he pretty!!
A mac truck with a wide load!! You don't see that very often on trail hike. : )

KB said...

I enjoyed our hike together

Lorrie said...

Wonderful photo of the scrubjay with a berry in his mouth! A Mack truck would be an unusual siting in the Preserve. Lalalala! And Happy Thanksgiving, Diane.

Debbie said...

awwwww, sad to see that others are not enjoying this beautiful trail!! the scrubjay is so pretty, different than our blue jay!!!

John's Island said...

Hello Lavender Dreamer, Thanks for sharing the photos taken on your walk. I enjoyed all of them. Also, thank you for your kind comment on my blog. Happy Thanksgiving to you! John

Red Rose Alley said...

To see a deer on your hike is an amazing thing. They are special animals, and how nice that he slowed down so you could take a look at him. The last picture is very pretty and peaceful.


Cherdecor said...

You are a brave little lady to go hiking by yourself. You are sooo brave. I loved all your pictures but that scared me and I wasn't even with you. Hahahaha!