Just an update on the family.

The last couple weekends we have stayed close to home for our hiking because of different family visiting and the weather.  We went to Manatee River and we already have pictures of that, so we didn’t bother to take anymore, although we should have, with the rain we’ve gotten lately the trees and other plants seem to have grown and gotten greener.  We actually saw a rabbit also.  I’ll take a rabbit over a snake any day.  This coming weekend we are going to Georgia to camp and hike for the week.  We plan to take plenty of pictures to put on the website and if we can find any wireless service while we are there, we’ll get them on quickly and have our blogs about where they were taken and what all we did.  Looking forward to a change of scenery and and enjoyable vacation.  Until next time…

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Orienteering at Croom

Today we went orienteering at the Croom Tract at Withlacoochee State Forest.  This was our second time and this time we did an orange course.  We had 10 controls we had to find.  We made all 10 in less than 2 and a half hours.  Nothing to get excited about, but hey, we finished it and we had fun doing so.  All in all it was about 4 miles.  This was all in a forest area and some of the time we went off the path and made our own way and the rest of the time we were on either hiking trails or mountain biking paths which were more rugged than the normal hiking path.  If you look at the pictures, you’ll see we actually passed a snake out sunning on the trail.  It was a cooler day and so it wasn’t very active at all, which was just fine for my taste.  Close to the end of our hike we came across a small very old cemetery.  Pretty interesting…most of the headstones were from the mid to late 1800’s.  There was no sign telling of anything historical or special about it, no information at all.  Just a very small grave yard.  Florida Orienteering Club does this once a month other than two of the hottest months here in Florida.  We plan on being there for them all.

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Hiking at Hillsborough River State Park

Today we hiked 5.5 miles at Hillsborough River State Park.  A lot of the scenery probably looks the same as other areas we’ve been too…that’s just Florida for ya though.  We’ve added new photos from the hike today.  There is a great suspension bridge there that overlooks the river.  Took some good pictures of what they apparently call rapids.  Didn’t see any wild life other than some squirrels, a couple owls and some turkey buzzards, and plenty of mosquitoes.  The Off really comes in handy back in the boggy areas.  No Gators in site and that always makes for a good walk.  This is a really nice park though with plenty of scenery and things to see.  We had a great day.

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