I have been away hiking (finally) since the conference so I have a little catching up to do, so here it is all in one post.
#1 The conference was outstanding! It was very professional. Standing ovation to Jon Phipps and the staff! I expect a larger place will be needed next year. I can see a tent city in right field of the Thunder Dome (Tropicana field).
Take it easy on Solar Bear. What does he know about good taste? The man wears a pink tutu for crying out loud. Any one can see he has winter skin tones and should be wearing a blue or green tutu.
MoiraLynn I would be glad to sit down with you every five minutes if need be. The family history of arthritis has caught up with me at thirty-nine. The only way to really see things is sitting.
I agree the Hillsboro River State Park is one of my favorites. It’s nice and close for us urbanites. Lots of wildlife just minutes from down town Tampa. Deer, Coyotes, Turkeys – flock of about twenty crossing a fire break with the males performing a bounding over watch as the females crossed, all the birds – saw a pileated wood pecker a couple of years ago, lots of pigs – had a twenty minute stand off with Big Mama one day, and everyone else that creeps crawls or slithers. Remote (one mile) backpacking campsite too!
Will put together a trip report of sorts asap.