Family Hiking at Hillsborough River State Park

Family Hiking at Hillsborough River State Park  | April 2013

Family HIking with Not a Clue Adventures

Trying to get in the last of the spring hikes before the bugs come out in full force is tricky, but we sure got lucky this day! We had a great group of 6 persons come out for a guided hike with Not a Clue Adventures. Sometimes it can be a challenge when there are young ones on a hike, but you just need to remember to get down on their level!

Hollow Tree

Keeping the hike full of interesting stops and pointing out all the many things that can be seen on the way keeps the young ones interested. We stopped and looked at old giant trees  (and hollow ones!) There were wild edibles to nibble on along the path and fish, flowers and bridges that all required the time to stop, observe and experience.

Being a tree

Standing where a palm tree once stood

We talked about where Tampa gets most of its drinking water and how long it takes to get there from here. The kids marveled at the clear fresh water and the fish they could see swimming down the river. They were excited to see turtles and birds and lizards of all types.

River Rapids Trail

We stopped to rest along the river and listened to the water at the rapids going over the ancient rocks. The children could hear the music of mother earth in a place of peace and they listened. I learned later that the mom of the two young boys has a wonderful website featuring children’s music – stop by for a visit!

Remember – Children will be at home in the outdoors when encouraged. Be patient, don’t rush, learn to see the little things – at their level. Keep the walk interesting for them, don’t spent the time looking at your smart phone….Share your children’s experiences and see life through their eyes… might just learn something in the process.

For more information on Hillsborough River State Park visit their website at:

Want to take a guided hike and see what you are missing? Visit Not a Clue Adventures at


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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