Take a Hike!

A couple of weeks ago, the family, plus one friend, went for a hike at Princess Place Preserves.  This was our second trip and we will return.  It is a beautiful placed to visit.  You get wildlife and history, all in one place. 🙂

The first trip we toured the home and heard all about its rich history (that’s for another post).  This time around we went for a hike.  First we have a hearty picnic; blackened chicken wraps, watermellon, fresh veggies, and homemade brownies.  Not to mention water; lots and lots of water.

After the picnic we head out on the Blue Trail.

The Blue Trail is an easy trail that will take half an hour.  With five kids in tow, we thought this would be best for our first hike around the place.  Due to our keen sense of directions, and the fuzzy map, we ended up on the Green Trail.  It turned out to be a really unique place to hike.  So, with that in mind, yeah, we meant to take the Green Trail.

This Green Trail is a bird sanctuary.  In the middle is a fresh water marsh, with an artesian spring to keep the water from becoming stagnet.  We saw many birds, but I wasn’t able to get any photos.

At some point we ended up by the Matanzas River.  It was breezy, cool, quiet, and beautiful.  This is where I took the insect photos.

This is also where we spotted the crabs.   I could walk around this place all day.

The kids were tired, hot, and hungry, but I keep telling myself they loved it.  They liked the crabs the best. 🙂

The Princess Place Preserves consists of 1500 acres, a well preserved home, camp grounds, fishing areas, and more.  It is also the home of Florida’s first in-ground pool.  We will visit this place often. 🙂

In a few days I will post about the pool and home.  I’ll also post about what is needed when you go on a hike. 

Now go take a hike and tell us about it!


20 responses to “Take a Hike!

  1. That certainly is a pretty place!

  2. Maybe one of these days I’ll do what you ask 😉

    Your hike looks like fun, you would wind up on the green trail instead of blue….

    Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading about the rest of your time there.

  3. What a great hike! You always find the neatest places. 🙂 I am so looking forward to a break in this heat wave. We were just in Charleston for the Spoleto festival and it was too hot for me to even think about taking pictures. Blah.

  4. Wow, sounds like a wonderful day. And it is a beautiful location!

  5. Beautiful pictures! We love to hike too.

  6. So beautiful!!!



  7. Beautiful pics! Hikes are great fun.

  8. that’s it, appliejuice, your new contest! Take a Hike! have your contestants take a hike, then with photos, interesting tidbits, write up a post with a link back to your contest post, & leave a comment on your contest post.
    what do you think?

    Good idea! I’ll get started on that soon. 🙂

  9. Good idea! I’ll get started on that soon. 🙂 ]]>

  10. tessofthebellgrades

    Sounds like you had a fun day.

    BTW, I really like your new blog header. Very pretty. What kind of flower is it? Zinnia. I have more to post later. 🙂

  11. Zinnia. I have more to post later. 🙂]]>

  12. What a great idea! I’m going to post a how-to on darning socks and mending gloves!

    Thank you!


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