Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Yearling Trail

Pittman Visitor Center
Altoona, FL

The weather this week has been the pits!

It's been raining a lot, and not very warm.
We've mostly been staying inside, or working in the forest.

Finally today was nice and sunny, and in the low 70's.
I've been wanting to hike the Yearling trail, 
so today looked like the perfect day to do it!

The Yearling Trail is named for the book written 
by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
Reuben and Sara Jane Long had homesteaded on the land back in 1876,
and their son Melvin raised a fawn.
Rawlings spent time at the Longs homestead nearly 50 years later
 and found out about the fawn, inspiring the book.

The hike itself wasn't too hard, and took us through the scrub
and long pines, as well as the palmettos.

We saw several Scrub Jays..
they yelled at us as we walked by.

Along the 5.5 mile loop trail are remnants of the original homestead.
We found this, a cattle dip trough.

It was really nice walking through the forest..

...and we got to see another sinkhole..

We saw a lot of these American Goldfinch,
but they didn't like their pictures taken!

About halfway around the loop,
we saw the Longs' cemetery,
where some family members are buried.

We kept plodding along,
and finally looped back around to head out.

On our way home, we decided to get a bite to eat.
We had passed this place once before, 
and it's right on the St. John's river.

We had a great view from our table..

It was a terrific day, and we got some great exercise :-)


  1. That looks like a great hike! :) Hopefully all of us have great weather from here on out. Well, after the rain and cool temps we're supposed to get tomorrow and Monday.

  2. Glad the rain has cleared out. The trail looked very interesting.

  3. Didn't the scrub jays land on your heads like they did on Sherry and David's? Or were you hiking to fast for them to catch you? ;c)

  4. That's a wonderful hike and loved the old cemetary!! Truly a hike in the "Real" Florida:o))

  5. It looks like a perfect day for a nice hike. All too soon, it will start getting hot again, so enjoy it while you can.

  6. We too loved this slow moseying hike and finding the cemetery. You picked a great day for it. Glad you got to cross it off your list. How many more things are on there before you'll be moving on??

  7. What a great hike! I love exploring an old cemetery. The Blackwater Inn looked pretty nice too!

  8. Great pictures! We love following you.

  9. Nice hike. I just told Leonard I NEED to lose at least 20 pounds by June so I will be able to take hikes up in Alaska. Okay, starting tomorrow. LOL! Made a crock pot choco cake with cherries last night. Gonna get some with ice cream now.

    Better weather is on the way. Yea, and I going to lose those pounds.

  10. Great hike! That was a LONG hike! If you ever get down this way would you consider hiking the 5 mile hike to the Deep Hole in Myakka River State Park with me to see the gators? :-)

  11. The weather has restricted us this winter too. Just can't do all the things we wanted to do and time is running short. Nice day for a walk in the woods though.