Take a Hike

1 May

 

A Time to Live

Melody Hendrix

As far back as I remember, I have felt a deep connection to the natural world. Even as a kid, I felt a longing to explore when I saw a patch of woods. I would wonder, what mysteries lies beyond the palms, what earth treasures might I find in the mossy limbs of the oaks.  What creatures roam there?

Going out in nature wasn’t something my family did, so I am not sure how or why I was born with such a strong lure to seek out the answers to the mystery of nature. Today that connection is there, stronger than ever. When I want to find peace, and well being, I spend at least a few hours walking somewhere that isn’t man made. Where the sounds sooth the soul and the presence of old trees awakens your sense of place. The smell of earth and life renewing itself, all encompass my being in the love of God. Thank you dear Lord for your precious gifts.

 

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.  unknown

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world   John Muir

 

 

Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can’t expect them to help protect and care for it.  David Suzuki

 

 

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.  Aristotle

 

Florida provides a unique hiking experience in the United States. Our hiking season, is October to April, and the best backpacking is January through March. Florida is so diverse in environments and scenic habitats. We have forests, rivers, lakes, springs, swamps and ocean.

Hiking in Florida can be tough but so rewarding. Education is the key to keeping you safe and comfortable so you are free to totally enjoy the beauty of Gods creation.

If you know what is out there, what to avoid and how, what to enjoy and how, you don’t have to fear the unknown and can free yourself to be at peace.

Florida is a beautiful and diverse state. The link below will guide you to a wonderful and safe outdoor experience. There are also many driving trails available in Florida. This is a great alternative in the heat of the buggy summer.

 

 

 

Log off, shut down ….  Go outside

https://floridahikes.com/floridatrail/plan-your-hike/

 

 

 

 

I am retired and enjoying life. My hobbies are my 5 grandchildren, son and daughter, and my loving husband. I am a photographer and extreme nature lover. I love spending time in my garden or in the wilderness connected to God my Creator.
Melody

 

3 Responses to “Take a Hike”

  1. Onisha Ellis May 4, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

    You have a wonderful eye for nature photography! Now that we spend summers in North Carolina, I have a new appreciation for Florida sand.

    Like

  2. Daniel Kemp May 1, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

    A wonderful post with lovely photographs.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. divoran09 May 1, 2018 at 11:30 am #

    Melody all your blogs are spectacular, but you’ve outdone yourself this time. I sent it to two of my friends. I’ll send it to my granddaughter, too and make her homesick so she will come home.

    Love, DiVoran

    Liked by 2 people

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