Well its that time of year again and if you have read some of my older blogs, you know I like to get outdoors and camp, hike, backpack etc. The days are getting shorter and more importantly here in Florida cooler, although honestly not by much yet, but it still makes being outside a lot nicer. So this past week I joined a work hike by the North Florida Trail Blazers. This group not only gets together to do a lot of fun activities, but they are also responsible for maintaining a section of The Florida National Scenic Trail. While you may have heard of the Appalachian Trail, the first of the great trails, or possibly the Continental Divide Trail, or Pacific Crest Trail, we too here in the flatlands of Florida have a great trail. The trail is 1,400 miles long stretching from the Everglades in the South to the Florida Panhandle in Pensacola.
At the volunteer work hike there were about 10 of us and we blazed trees, mowed and trimmed back the trail to create a more passable section near Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in advance of the expected fall/winter hikers.
The group started at about 9:30 and by the time I left at at 3:00, I had hiked about 6 miles while trimming trees or mowing a section of the trail. It was great exercise, with a nice group of people and I was able to see a lot of nature including including deer, a gopher tortoise, a Bald Eagle, lizards, numerous butterflies and other insects and some amazing flowers.
As you look to get more exercise for yourself or your kids, now that fall is here, get outdoors where you can also have the opportunity to meet other great people, see nature and just plain have fun. If so inclined consider joining a group like the North Florida Trail Blazers or just get out on your own and enjoy the great activities and trails near you. The Meetup site is a great place to start, and you can find out about Federal Parks here..
Its good for your health and your soul.
Below are some pictures from the hike.
Here you can see one of the fresh Orange Blaze placed on a tree to help people find their way.
Here is a Tiger Swallowtail
Some neat bugs on a flower
Me running the mower