Wednesday, January 11, 2023

"In every walk in nature, one receives far more than he seeks." -- John Muir

Reflections at Pine Log State Forest.

I have been trying to do more walking so we hit a couple of short trails over the past week. In the process we found some pretty parks near us. 

Fried rice, one of my favorites. 

We spent one day at Falling Waters State Park. 

The 73' waterfall is the tallest in Florida. It just goes to show how flat Florida is.

Trying to see the bottom. 

Falling Water Falls falls into a sink hole.

Several other sink holes were in the area. 

Remnants of early oil-drilling which turned out to be unsuccessful.

A small lake with swimming. A little too chilly today.

Pine Log State Forest is located 14 miles north of Panama City Beach. There are over 14 miles of trails, including a segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail. We walked the 2 mile Campground Trail Loop.

Cypress trees like wet areas.

My Christmas puzzle that I never got around to doing last Christmas (2021). It's orientation isn't suited well to RVs!

Monday Pat and I took another trip to Crestview and Fort Walton Beach to take care of a few things. Then we headed to the beach!

If only more men realized this!🤣

Gulf Islands National Seashore is a protected area on the bay, but Beasley Park across the road on the ocean side was the best.

The water was so still today.

The Hinson Conservation and Recreation Area in Marianna, Florida follows the banks of the Chipola River.

The Chipola River

Sally checking out a small cave on the trail.

This is a fire ant mound. You DO NOT want to step on one. They are everywhere. A single ant can give several painful stings. If you see a mound that has been disturbed there appears to be thousands or more ants.

The Saw Palmetto is native to the southeast and grows 7 to 10 feet tall. 

Mike was happy that he didn't get "skunked." This guy was returned to the river, the fish that is, not Mike.

The tree knees here were quite tall. 

A furry little plant on the trail.  Pat suggested that I shouldn't touch it. He and Sally got stuck by pine cones on our last hike. 

An abandoned cabin.
Where are the Piepers now? Bonifay, FL

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