Saturday, October 5, 2019

109 Hikes and still going!


109 HIKES....WOW! I'm even impressed! hahaha! Of course I would go every day if I was able (and didn't have to do all those ordinary things like housework and errands). And I do enjoy walking with friends in the evenings on the days I don't hike. And I need some days off! more hahahaing!


So I started thinking of all the things that I love about hiking and thought I could probably come up with at least 109 good things!


I'll put in some photos from hike #109 and start my list!


 Hiking with HUBBY, friendly bicyclists, interesting hikers, TREES, the scent of pine, WILDFLOWERS, mushrooms, water droplets on grass,  DEER, flowering weeds, BUTTERFLIES, persimmons, wild blueberries, cactus, flutterby tree, BLUEBIRDS, ferns, Cypress trees, palm trees growing wild, rustle of leaves, cicadas, locust, grasshoppers, walking sticks, doves...


CLOUDS in the bright blue sky, 


 airplanes, WOODPECKERS, pinecones, old snags (dead trees), FLORIDA TRAILS, frogs in the puddles, Florida rosemary, paved trails, primitive trails, animal tracks, WILD TURKEYS, live oak trees, bird's nests, FOX SQUIRRELS....


Deer trails, GOPHER TORTOISE and the sounds of nature.


 These aren't the best photos but I saw TWO Fox Squirrels (Sherman's Fox Squirrels) chasing each other!


 Very exciting! 


 And a beautiful Red-tailed Hawk....


he was gorgeous!


 That's 44 good things about hiking in the woods! I think I'll save the rest for another day!


All of these photos were taken on October 1st on the Florida Trails. I hiked for 1 1/2 hours at 8:30 in the morning and the temps were in the 70s with a nice breeze! Perfect!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE 

     and I’d Rather B Birdin’.


33 comments:

Susie said...

Diane, I love seeing what you see when you are hiking. You have some wonderful feet, taking you on that many hikes. Since I have arthritis in my ankles , I pay for walking the next day. I love the smell of pines too. You have certainly seen some great birds and animals. I know you love the butterflies and flowers, glad you do , so we can see them also. I would probably count my evening walk with friends as short hikes. LOL. Blessings to you and your husband, xoxo, Susie

Ellen D. said...

You inspire me! You see the beauty all around you and your posts and photos always reflect the joy you feel! Thanks for sharing your happiness and interests!

Tom said...

...Good for you, I'm off into the woods to see the fall color!

Pembrokeshirelass said...

Oh wow. What gorgeous photos! So much to see if you keep your eyes open, isn’t there? I love the pic of the squirrels chasing each other and th3 hawk. So much beauty. I was in Florida in March this year but didn’t really get the opportunity h go walking as I was with my son & family but I thought the countryside looked lovely!

Sandra said...

and plus all 44 of the things you love you are keeping yourself HEALTHY.. the most important part. walking is the perfect exercise... I love that last photo of the pine needles. Wow...

Laurel Wood said...

Good Morning, Diane. Lovely photos and a great list of things you love! I walk the dog (slowly, lol!) but I do enjoy the sights and sounds on our street as we stroll along. Have a nice weekend.

happyone said...

All great photos. I so enjoy my walks too. If I miss a day it just doesn't feel right.
A happy day to you.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

How about "It just feels good!"

Gayle said...

Critters Critters everywhere and you got to enjoy watching them. A nice thing.

magnoliasntea said...

Love the bluebird and fox squirrels.
Have a great weekend!

laurie said...

You are my hiking hero and we had the pleasure of all your beautiful photos!

Jeanie said...

109? The only one that matters is that you love it! And I can see why.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Wonderful reasons for hiking--
and great great photos to make someone want to go hiking!
thanks for sharing--
luv, di

Vee said...

Well that is good hiking weather!

Ann Thompson said...

That's a lot of hikes and a lot of wonderful reasons for why you love it

Terri D said...

Gorgeous all!!

Carla from The River said...

Oh yes, I love your list. Hiking with hubby, me too, :-) .. wildflowers, frogs, turtles, mushrooms... oh I do agree.
Congrats my friend on 109!

Linda said...

Wonderful post! I wish I could hike, but I haven't been able to since foot surgery three years ago.

Anni said...

Beautiful hikes indeed! Wonderful photos & critters seen and shared today Diane. (Always enjoy your happy-go-lucky narration too)

Happy weekend and thanks for joining us at I'd Rather B Birdin.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

It feels good to get out there and hike, so many beautiful and good things to see. Lots of critters. he fox squirrels are cute. I love the Bluebirds, one of my favorite birds. Gorgeous collection of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead. PS, I appreciate the visit and comment on my blog.

It's me said...

Happy sunday.....love Ria 💕🌺🌸💕

A Bit of the Blarney said...

your sky is soooo blue!! And I'd love to walk down your "road less traveled." Have a wonderful day!

Jenn Jilks said...

It's wonderful hiking. I'm not up to it, but we do short walks. That said, we've rain today.

Edna B said...

I love your photos. Simply gorgeous! I wish I could join you with your hiking. I used to love walking. I do love nature so your photos really do put a smile on my face. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

NatureFootstep said...

lol, hiking is good and when you see pretty wildlife it is even better :) Loved your birds :)

Rose said...

All are wonderful reasons to hike. I LOVED your photos of the squirrels playing...they sure gave the feel of the chase.

Lowcarb team member said...

I did enjoy all of your photographs, my favourite though is the one of the pine needles.

All the best Jan

Buttercup said...

Beautiful! I'm not much of a hiker, but I do love your pictures. I guess I hike vicariously.

italiafinlandia said...

Beautiful views and lovely critters.
Have a great new week!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a wonderful way to show your love of the beautiful outdoors ... and your gratitude! I absolutely loved this post. And as always you inspire me!

podso said...

You are an inspiration!

Red Rose Alley said...

That mourning dove is such a precious bird. I've never seen cicadas before. Nel said she saw them all the time in her back yard when she lived in Georgia. The Hawks are such a grand bird, and whenever I see one, I have to stop and stare. Those squirrels looks like they are mischievously playing hehehe. And the last picture is so lovely. That's great that you've had 109 hikes, Diane.

~Sheri

Kit said...

That is amazing!! Good for you. I bet you see so much and it is great you can share it with us on here. I love your pictures! Kit