I want to be more intentional about spending time with friends, improving fitness, and getting ready to start the second half of my life in a purposeful frame of mind. I decided to push myself to meet with as many friends as I can in the 50 days leading up to my 50th birthday, May 18, and try to focus on doing lots of walking as a means to this end.
I set aside a couple of days on my Spring Break calendar (I'm a teacher) to go hiking. Suzette Anderson attends Shandon Baptist with me, and she said she'd love to go. When I posted on Facebook for any takers to join us, Julie Lundy jumped in and joined us. I just met Julie a month or so back. She also attends Shandon Baptist. The 3 of us headed south of Eutawville for our day hike at Lake Moultrie.
Wildflowers peaked out at us throughout our hike.
How pretty is that? This weed/flower is 2-3 feet wide and 3 feet high.
This was the biggest gator we spotted--and he was across the pond on the other side, thank the Lord. The picture doesn't do it justice.
We saw/heard lots of birds. Lovely.
More gator sightings.
http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/things-to-do/wildflowers/default.aspx It has a bunch of hikes for viewing wildflowers in April and May! Next Up List!!! Woo hoo!
I learned about Cinnamon Ferns--see the brown stalks in the middle?
The thistle were nearly always attracting butterflies.