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 :-)