Monday, August 5, 2019

Hats off to the bicyclists on the Florida Trails!


Are in my case....'caps off'!


I love sharing the things I see in nature when I hike but I'll dedicate this post to the friendly people I meet on the Florida Trails!


On the section of trail that I hike, I rarely even see another hiker. I see LOTS of bicyclists though!



And they all greet me and wave when they go by. Some ask me if I've seen anything as they speed by. A few even stop to chat. 


I've learned some of my 'regulars'....people I see just about every time I hike. I recognize them by their bikes, or their helmets or their greetings! One man stopped to ask me about an ID on some birds he saw last week. He described them and I was able to tell him they were Swallow-tailed Kites. When he stopped to chat, he said, You're just the person I wanted to see today. That felt great...and it felt even better that I actually knew which birds he had seen. I've seen quite a few of them lately too!


 Swallow-tailed Kite

So these are a few photos of some of my favorite people and a few Swallow-tailed Kites in flight!


Cheers to everyone that enjoys the Florida Trails!

Love One Another!

I’m joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE .


44 comments:

Tom said...

...unfortunately my bike is a piece of garage art!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

It's nice to hear how friendly they are, and that sometimes they stop to chat with you. How wonderful that you were able to identify the bird for that man.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful post about bikers and friendly people you meet and that you seem to know your birds ~ delightful!

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

Cath said...

It's lovely getting to know people in your neighbourhood.

Christine said...

Well, all the bikers waving, talking and sharing with you, says a lot about YOU! You must have the Light that shines and a great smile.

Nanaland said...

How fun to make new friends and to recognize them by their bikes or their helmets!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

It's so fun that you recognize the bikers and the birds. Such pretty photos of the birds. Enjoy your day and week.

Betty said...

I can't walk much lately, but I can ride a bike and enjoy it. Looks like some pretty places in your posts to ride.

Sandra said...

got to love Florida, we sure do

magnoliasntea said...

Love the Swallow-Tailed Kites.
Biking has always been fun for me.... until I got old enough to fear cracking my bones. LOL

Powell River Books said...

Good to see people using safety gear. When we go out in our boat we always wear a life preserver. Most people here don't. If there was an accident it would take too much time to find one and get it on to save your life, especially during the cold months. - Margy

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

I am amazed the bikers out in the Florida heat. It is nice they are friendly and wave. I have had some bike riders fly by us on the bike trail, we had no idea they were even passing us until it happened. Some will say hello or at least let us know they are coming by just saying "on your left". Love the Swallow-tailed Kite photos, great bird and sighting. Enjoy your day, have a happy new week!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Trails are generally friendly places and are shared by cyclists and pedestrians, and increasingly with roller bladers too. It drive me a little crazy when some riders don't have a bell on their bike and don't announce their presence either. But they are in the minority fortunately.

Debbie said...

i enjoy people too...people who love to stop and talk and those that enjoy the same things i do!!

everyone looks so happy and friendly and the pictures of the kites are awesome. it is an easy bird to identify with minimal description!!!

i had a super busy weekend and right now i am exhausted!!!

Terri D said...

It does feel good when folks recognize you and are interested in what you know! Nice!

Small City Scenes said...

The trails would be neat to walk on
MB

Sue said...

Isn't it nice to meet new friends, and share common interests, we have bikers who ride by our farm, and they always wave when we are near them.
Blessings,
Sue

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Your trail is filled with friendly folks and beautiful birds. Lovely to see.

SImple and Serene Living said...

I wish it was flatter around here. I miss riding a bike. How nice that people are so friendly. xo Laura

Ann said...

Well those are some happy trails and friendly too. Nice that you've gotten to know the regulars

Susie said...

Diane, So nice for bikers to have a safe place to ride. Love seeing birds from your area. Blessings, love, xoxo, Susie

happyone said...

I find people are very friendly when I'm out walking too. : )

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a fun post Diane! I love that people in real life are recognizing you as the nature expert you are! (We here in blogland have known it fo a long time).

Vee said...

How fun to be “the expert!” 👍🏼

Gillena Cox said...

Lovely the biking ghe friendliness, the birds

Happy you dropped by my blog

Much❤🕊❤love

Gina said...

Diane, those are a lot of cyclists! I haven't ridden a bike in years and I don't think I ever owned a bicycle helmet. Remember the good old days when you didn't need to wear one. Hooray for the bird expert! ♥

Angie said...

Diane - walking or biking, it's a community. What a wonderful feeling to have people that you see regularly, and that have come to rely on you for bird identification. We mentioned a kite to one of our neighbors tonight, and she thought we were talking about a toy. We soon filled her in! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday as always, my dear southern friend!

Linda said...

What a nice incident!

John's Island said...

Hi Lavender Dreamer, I sure enjoyed this post. Your description of being on the trail reminds me so much of my walks around Green Lake here in Seattle. I share your experience of finding out who are “regulars,” who may offer a greeting, and who enjoys spotting an unusual bird. Thanks for sharing your blog. Have a happy week ahead. John

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I've only managed a few peddles this season. Got to get to it.

~ Dixie said...

So much fun being out there on the trails.
And lovely to meet such friendly folks and soaring kites.
What a lovely blog. Thank you for your visit.

Jenn Jilks said...

I had a fun trip with you!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

How sweet the bikers are. It is a pleasure to see them on the roads and trails. Beautiful photos. I applaud them for taking up cycling.

Laurel Wood said...

How fun! What a nice experience getting to know folks and to speak almost daily. Love seeing the birds.

DeniseinVA said...

Ending your post with 'love one another' is a great sentiment Diane. Thank you. I enjoyed your photos, both birds and bicyclists. So nice to hear how friendly the riders are. And fun for you on your walk to wave as they go by and occasionally chat. Very uplifting :)

betty-NZ said...

How fun to meet new people and find those with similar interests!

Red Rose Alley said...

That's wonderful that there are bikers on the Florida trails. And they are friendly, even better. I always admire bicyclists, especially when they are getting up there in age and are still going at it strong. Not an easy thing to do. : )

~Sheri

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Biking is also very popular here and the trails are always full of bicycle riders. When they are going downhill I make sure to move aside so they don't need to slow down, even though the protocol here is for bikers to yield to hikers, and we both have to yield to horses.

riitta k said...

Happy bikers! It is wonderful to hear that they are so friendly. BTW I borrowed Shinrin-Yoku by professor Quing Li. So interesting, I never realized Japan had so much forests! You might be interested in Beth Kempton's Wabi-sabi...

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Your mosaic photo is very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Red Rose Alley said...

Diane, how wonderful that you traveled across the country a few times. I wish I liked traveling as much as my daughters do. But I don't enjoy it like them - all the preparing and planning, all the expense of it, but they reassure me that once I get to my destination, it will all be worth it. I guess I just love home too much haha.

Thanks for encouraging Nel in her travels though. I'm glad they're more adventurous than me. : )

Knitting Florida Native said...

Hello, I found your blog while looking for info. on Fairmeadow Farms. I have knit some things for Carol using her beautiful wool. I found her through a friend that used to work for her. Anyway, I'm a Florida native and just wanted to say that I love your blog, and I love your attitude about getting out there, enjoying life and appreciating all the beauty that surrounds us!

Lowcarb team member said...

What a great post, so nice to read how friendly they are.
Well done on being able to identify that bird too :)

All the best Jan

Jeanie said...

How fun to have your regulars. Glad to see they all had helmets!