A nice Saturday hike..

Today I took my friends Tara and Chloe out to Hillsborough River State Park. It is always a wonderful trip out there for me when I can introduce this wonderful place to others.

 

Chloe is almost 6 years old and knows quite a bit about the forest and many of its critters! The first thing she spotted was raccoon tracks on the trail. Not long after that she found a cool frog in a tree stump – he kindly obliged her and came out a bit for a photo or two. Chloe got really excited when seeing a new spider web and found many different species for her mom and me to photograph. Along the river we were treated to 2 gator sightings, Chloe was a little nervous seeing the first one but when she realized she was safe, she came in for a closer look. A small 3 ft black racer was sunning along our path and even a few other creatures. I have posted an album with our finds today for all to enjoy.

 

Our afternoon ended with a wonderful sighting of the 2 local juvenile Red Shouldered Hawks from the area. It sure was a splendid day for a hike!

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About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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