Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hiking through Christmas

The permanent Christmas display in the little town of Christmas, Florida

"Key West or Bust" - Day 111

Today my road walk to the beach took me back a month and a half.  I remembered the odd feeling I had while hiking on Christmas Day because a family gathering was scheduled for early in the New Year.  Today I was hiking through Christmas again and had family on my mind again.  I spent half an hour talking to my daughter on the phone as I walked.  The last time I saw her was at that family gathering.  Christmas does that.  It touches warm places - home places - in the heart.  So how could I not feel all warm and fuzzy walking through Christmas Florida on a day of bright sunshine and blue sky.

Nearby there is a trail that I would have liked to explore had I known that it was on my route.

I came upon that trailhead parking area with this map after I had already passed near the other end of this trail.  The photo I took of the map turns out to be a half decent Selfie - so the whole episode was not a total loss.

Though I was walking roads all day, that doesn't mean I have no nature to observe.  Today I passed a new, larger species of wild bromeliad in full bloom.

And I ended the day at Yates Road where I will once again walk with the Florida Trail for about seven miles.

This time the trail will turn right and head south and I will continue east, cross the St. Johns River, and reach the ocean at Cocoa Beach.  Stay tuned.

Here's a map of the day's road walk with links to a few more photos.

Road walk through Christmas, FL at EveryTrail
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