Saturday, December 29, 2018

Hiking the Florida Trail, all 1300 miles of it!

Don’t worry…we’re NOT going to do that! But when we got to the bridge on the Blue Run Park trail in Dunnellon on Hike # 74 we met a man that was doing just that!

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How amazing is that! It will take him about 3 months to hike the over 1300 miles!

Florida Trail Overview Map 2018

It is officially called The Florida National Scenic Trail and you can visit the link HERE to learn more about it!

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I love maps, don’t you?

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Red shouldered Hawk

Most of the trails I hike on are a part of this Scenic Florida trail system. But of course we just hike for a couple of miles and then turn around and go home! heehee!

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A second hawk

But it sure was interesting to meet a man that was hiking the WHOLE thing from Big Cypress National Preserve in the south to Gulf Islands National Seashore in the western end of Florida’s panhandle.

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Anhinga

We saw a lot of beautiful sights on this hike.

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White Ibis

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Moorhen

But the highlight was meeting the Florida Trails hiker!

I wonder where he is right now….

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I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

32 comments:

Sandy said...

I think that would be incredibly fun to hike the whole thing. What a great variety of wildlife and habitation! Bucket List?

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Kudos to the hiker, that looks like an amazing hike. Love your Red-shouldered Hawk images. Great captures of the Ibis, Anhinga and Moorhen. Wonderful photos! I like maps too.
Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post today and the past year. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend!
PS, I also appreciate all the comments you have left me this past year, thanks again! I wish you all the best in 2019 Happy New year to you and your family!

Tom said...

...what an amazing fellow! Happy New Year.

Susie said...

Diane, Since you told how many miles the hiker was going to be hiking...I wondered if you have ever added up all the miles you and Ron have hiked. I bet it's plenty. :):) I loved seeing the beautiful birds. I do love looking at maps. Blessings to you and your for a fabulous New Year my friend. xoxo,love, Susie

Arlene Grimm said...

I have always loved maps and I had no idea there was a trail running through Florida. Thanks for sharing.

Jeanie said...

That anhinga is a stunner! Golly, I could barely get through London with my feet, so I admire the Florida trail hiker!

Happiest of new years to you and many wonderful sightings in 2019.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

That's a lot of hiking.

Lots of nice shots today

Now I'm off to visit that site

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely hawk photos and wishing the long range hiker well ~

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

bill burke said...

The bird photos are beautiful. I wish the hiker good luck, that is a long hike to undertake. I do like maps too, always had them hanging on a wall or two everywhere I lived.
Have a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

Kate said...

Wouldn't it be interesting to meet up with the hiker at the end of his long hike - he'd have some interesting stories to tell. Your photos are beautiful! My fella and I enjoy pouring over maps. ^^

Sandra said...

Hikers like him are a different breed, he sure looks happy to be doing it. I prefer the hike and be home in my own bed hike. nary a camper gene in my body. in your short hike look how much you found, just think what you could find in 1300 miles.

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

Loved seeing the birds, and it was interesting seeing and hearing about the hiker too!

Stacey said...

Your hikes are so inspiring and such a wonderful way to spend time! I bet the man you met loved talking with friendly people.

Vee said...

Did you ask him if he was blogging about his journey? That would be fascinating!

Cloudia said...

Wow! Wonderful shots and accomplishment

David Gascoigne said...

I am sure it is very rewarding to hike sections of the trail and there is obviously a stunning array of birds. I bet the fellow hiking the whole trail was just as happy to meet you as you were to meet him. Have you ever read Bill Bryson's book "A Walk in the Woods" about hiking the Appalachian Trail? It is well done and I am sure you would enjoy it.

Ann Thompson said...

1300 miles is a lot of hiking, I imagine it can get a bit lonely out there by yourself too but I bet he meets a lot of interesting people along the way. Your picture of the hawk 8s fantastic

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Wow - our goals don't have to be that big - but we can do it too!

Lowcarb team member said...

What a lovely post, and how exciting to meet the Florida Trails hiker, I too wonder where on the trail he may be now!

All the best Jan

Anonymous said...

Diane, that guy must be win great shape! I think I'm more a short hike type of girl! Love all the bird pictures especially the Ibis. xo

Kathy said...

Now you have me wondering where the hiker is. How great it would be to keep in touch with him and find out about all his adventures.

Carol Z said...

I walked over 1,000 miles this year and I was feeling very good about myself, but now I think I'm a slacker. Wishing you a very happy and healthy year ahead.

Terri D said...

WOW... 1,300 miles! And he is wearing sandals! Looks like that trail goes right through Lakeland! Interesting! Love you photos, as always!

Phil Slade said...

I could never walk 1300 miles. In FL I would stop so much to bird and take photographs that I would never reach the next destination.

Have a lovely New Year Diane.

Hootin' Anni said...

Happy New Year!! Thanks for sharing your birding photos and your expertise with all feathered friends with us at I'd Rather B Birdin'. It's been a joy having you participate in 2018 and I look forward to viewing what's in the future for 2019! LOVE that hawk! The photo of it in the shadows is picture post card perfect.

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Preciosas fotografías, y que temperatura más buena debía de hacer, besos

Debbie said...

that sounds so exciting, for those who are capable!!! you saw and photographed a lot of beautiful big birds!! your hawk looks just like mine!!!

Betty Crow said...

I can't imagine hiking that far. I have lots of respect for anyone who can do it. Love your pics. Especially the hawk.

Latane Barton said...

I had never heard of that hiking trail. What an experience that would be and oh, the scenery. I hope he has a camera with him.

Barbara said...

A hike of this length and in this climate is not for me, but like you, I do like maps and found the ones you shared in this post to be very interesting. Thank you, too, for putting names to the bird pictures you share. That is very helpful to those of us who know so little about them.

Lorrie said...

That man is an ambitious hiker. I wish him much success. Maps are wonderful things, full of possibilities! I love them, too. Such amazing birds you see on your hikes, Diane. Looking forward to seeing more of them in 2019. Happy New Year.

NatureFootstep said...

lol, yes maps are really useful :) Helps you get to great places.

I have not seen the Moorhen in Sweden for three years now so I was happy to see your shot :)