Thursday, March 28, 2019

Withlacoochee State Forest "Johnson Pond"

We drove right by some of our favorite trailheads to hike a new trail!

It was an easy hike out to Johnson Pond.

And this year the fields are flooded so there's lots of water and all kinds of water birds.

It was nice to have an observation deck to view the pond.

 We saw a huge flock of White Ibis but didn't get very good photos, just good enough to ID the birds. We did get pics of the Moorhen.


Beauty everywhere you look.

Our temps were in the 70s with low humidity. 

Such a pleasure to be out on the Florida trails.

So what do you think? Should we follow the signs?

NO...we wanted to go on ALL the side trails but decided to turn around after we had hiked for about an hour so that we could stop at the observation deck at Johnson Pond.

We'll go back soon! 

But what do you mean we've only gone  a half mile! hahahaha!

And yes we went FARTHER than a half mile and to clear up other mysteries of the Lavender Dreams Blog. Some of you were worried about the new box of ice cream. 


 Here are a few more 'clues'. Hubby bought the ice cream and brought it home and removed the plastic seal and put it in the freezer. And somewhere in the process he opened it and carved his initial R into it. At least that's what Wendy and I think happened! Mystery solved....well, until he gets into more mischief. We're retired. We have to have some fun! And he gave me a BIG laugh! We always appreciate your sweet comments too!


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28 comments:

Tom said...

...'Withlacoochee,' now say that fast 10 times!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Looks like a beautiful place to hike.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

You really do have lot of good trails to walk and I suspect that at this time of the year the temperature and the bugs are both tolerable.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, looks like another great place to hike. The observation deck and pond views are great. Love the waterlily. I would have guessed the mystery of the letter "R' in the ice cream. Pretty photos! Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and weekend ahead.

Mia said...

Florida is a gorgeous place! I lllllllllove your photos!!!!!!! Kisses, my friend.

Arlene Grimm said...

Your husband sounds like mine...he likes to surprise me in unexpected ways every now and then.:)

Vee said...

It must be tempting with all those trails...the road not taken as it were... Hope that you get to try as many as you want someday. Oh I knew that your husband was up to mischief, but what about a heart or an “I ♥️you.” Not in red of course, that would just be scary. 😁

Debby Ray said...

Your weather looks SO warm and lovely...and you find the best places to go for hikes too! Gotta laugh at that ice cream...hmmm, I wonder who could have done such a thing?? :D HUGS!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Lovely shots; great hike; wonderful weather

Yeahhhh

Terri D said...

Those trails you always take us on always look inviting and interesting! Perhaps one day my knees will be bionic and I will be able to hike again. Something to look forward to, indeed!! The initial in the ice cream is so naughty and so fun!!

Michelle said...

What a beautiful place to hike. Thanks for linking up today.

Lea said...

Fun with ice cream! And beautiful scenes along the trail!

Abigail Joy said...

Florida nature belongs in a dream, or a fairytale. I love reading your posts and seeing ya'll's adventures!
Abigail Joy.

carol l mckenna said...

You have some lovely places to hike ~ wonderful landscapes and human interest photos ~ sweet hubby ~ ^_^

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

Anonymous said...

Your husband is too cute! One time my husband carved a heart in the butter! :-)

Such gorgeous trails you have, Diane. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us.

Meditations in Motion said...

What a perfect day to hike a new trail! Temperature in the 70s and low humidity! I am just a tad jealous! :)

Linda H said...

Ooooh,love your new header photo of Johnson Pond. SO beautiful! Carving initials in the ice cream sounds like something MY husband would do... lol

Linda said...

LOL on the ice cream! Love the hike... thanks for sharing it.

BeachGypsy said...

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful!!!---the "backcountry" florida scenery! I love seeing it and I'm so glad you show it to us! The trails you take us on have so much to see...love all the birds y'all spot!! (sometimes horses too, ha ha LOL!) and all the different plants and trees. I love that picture of the flower in the water.....so pretty! I'm almost caught up on my blog reading, WHEW!!!--- I was very far behind...I tackled my email this morning and I'll be sending you one later today ok. The weekend is nearly almost here again, how did that happen!!?? ha ha LOL What are y'all doing this weekend? Hugs my friend!!

Ann said...

70 degrees, low humidity and a beautiful hiking trail. That is what perfect days are made of :)

Joyful said...

Lots of lovely walking trails. I had a chuckle at what your husband did to the ice cream. It's great to have a sense of humour.

happyone said...

Nice to discover new trails to walk. I guess you don't get many hills to walk up and down in Florida?
I figured that was what happened with the ice cream. It is something my husband would do too. :)

Lowcarb team member said...

Loved seeing your photographs, it looks a beautiful place to hike.

All the best Jan

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Another beautiful 'jaunt' for you. Looks like it was a perfect day! Haha about that ice cream mystery!

Sam I Am...... said...

Great new trails! Glad you solved the ice cream mystery!

The Liberty Belle said...

Oh what a nice trail... and what a huge squirrel! I suddenly have a hankering for ice cream.

gillena cox said...

Beautiful photos and mosaics. Luv the Camellia
Have a good week. Happy you dropped by my blog today

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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lol on the ice cream... I did kind of wonder. You two have too much fun )))! Thanks so much for sharing it all and for your comments on mine.