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October Trip: Hiking at Hillsborough River State Park

Five of us enjoyed hiking at Hillsborough River State Park last weekend. We had more ladies interested but some were attending the Ladies Let’s Go Fishing workshop–it was the second make-update for it. Hurricane season sometimes leads to rescheduled events!

Some of the ladies from the Adventurous Woman's outdoors group standing on an overlook along the Hillsborough River watching the rapids at Hillsborough River State Park.

It was a nice morning for a hike, not too warm or buggy. We hiked along the river and enjoyed looking at the rapids. The trail began to thin out as we got closer to the main road.

Some of the ladies from the Adventurous Woman's outdoors group standing on an overlook along the Hillsborough River watching the rapids at Hillsborough River State Park.
A view of the rapids on the Hillsborough River at Hillsborough River State Park.

After a group discussion, we decided to turn around and head back down along the river and then crossed over to the other side. We hiked the Baynard Trail loop, part of which was walking along a narrow boardwalk over some water. There was a bench in the middle of this for those who wanted to sit and enjoy the view of the woods.

This trail was a little bit muddy at some points but not too bad that we couldn’t pass nor did it cake our shoes in mud. After hiking this loop, we decided to call it a day and head back home before the rain started. It was a nice short hike and great to be outside enjoying nature.

Five women from the Adventurous Woman's outdoor group pose for a picture at the entrance to the suspension bridge crossing the river at Hillsborough River State Park
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March hike at Little Manatee River State Park

We had a beautiful day for a hike at Little Manatee River State Park. Although planned a couple of weeks ahead of time, the weather could not have turned out better as we had a cold front come through.  It was a 6.5 mile hike, part of it along the river.  We saved the beautiful river view for last.

With the nice weather, we met a few hikers along the way, of all ages and some families brought their dogs along for a hike.

We saw some people trying to paddle canoes and kayaks in the river.  The water was a bit low in places so it looked a little challenging for them.

Looking forward to our next adventure!

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Superbowl Hike at Sawgrass Lake Park

It was perfect weather for a hike at Sawgrass Lake Park, a great opportunity to get out and stretch our legs before the Superbowl later that day.  We walked every trail at the park and climbed the observation tower.  We saw one baby alligator but never did see the mother.  We saw a variety of birds, especially on the lake.  Unfortunately, we saw a bit of trash floating too.

We enjoyed the opportunity to be outside and are looking forward to our next hike of the year, before the unusually warm weather gets too warm!

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Rye Preserve Hike Trip Report

Here is the trip report by Gail and some pictures from the hike at Rye Preserve.

On Saturday, several adventurous ladies, including Christy, Kathy, Inta, Aleis, Karen, Sharon, Nina and Gail, completed a 3.6 mile hike in the woods of the Rye Preserve. 😁

Not much wildlife but we did have a black vulture following us overhead. Probably waiting for one of us to fall behind!😮

At the end of the hike we visited the Rye family cemetery with markers during the 1800’s.

Following tradition, we ate lunch at a local eatery, Woody’s River Roo Pub & Grill, located on the Manatee River, RT 301. Nice place to eat, right on the water!

A great hike, with a great group of adventurous ladies!🌲🍔🍻👟👍

Hiking at Rye Preserve Nature Center.

Hiking at Rye Preserve Nature Center.

Hiking trails map for Rye Preserve Nature Center.

Hiking trails map for Rye Preserve Nature Center.

Hiking at Rye Preserve Nature Center

Hiking at Rye Preserve Nature Center

Hiking at Rye Preserve Nature Center.

Hiking at Rye Preserve Nature Center.

 

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