Hike #2 of the Hillsborough Hiking Spree was at Edward Medard Conservation Park, Plant City. It was rated 3-strenuous, but only had a couple of areas that were difficult. Although it said to take your dog hiking with you to the Singing Bluffs, Rickie hated the trail. The trail was too full of scents for him and he almost had to be dragged out to the point. Coming back I couldn’t keep up with him, good thing he was on a leash 😉
The oberservation tower was the first tower I”ve seen that’s totally handicap accessible.
I’m glad I was told to stop and see the sacred trees. They were amazing. High on sanddunes with roots exposed.
A recent study says that people who retire early suffer mental or congnitive decline. Apparently work keeps your mind active and maintains social contact better than retiring? I think it depends on what you do when you retire. If you sit at home and do nothing, yes your congitive abilities will decline. If you travel, try art, write, take pictures, read, exercise and hike early retirement can increase your spiritual and congnitive activity.
Yes, I have more time to spend with family. I also found COVID was devestating to most people due to the isolation. I was lucky enough to have family and close friends that stayed in touch. Kayaking was a safe sport and so was hiking. I managed to continue my daily walks with my sister and dog. I also was lucky enough to work temporarily for Statistics Canada as a team leader. I was also able to spend time with my husband as he survived 2 major cancer battles (kidney cancer and colon cancer). I’ve learned to take pictures, and to paint (my COVID hobby).
So, I don’t know who they used in the recent study, but it wasn’t my Florida friends. They are active and alert. Busy with parties, sports, exercise and living life to the fullest in Heaven’s Waiting Room.
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
Staying so close to a small airport you often look up and see unique airplanes flying overhead. This small plane looks like a toy in the picture, but I can assure you it was a full sized plane overhead. 😉
Gliders are often towed up and let go to find their way back to the airport.
On my 60th birthday I took a ride in an ultra-light and loved every moment of it.