The feature image is Frank and I taking a selfie with Trout Lake behind us in Yellowstone National Park. We had to climb 150 feet of elevation to get to this peaceful spot, carrying our binoculars and cameras with bear spray strapped to our belt loops. So worth the huffin’ and puffin’! I was more out of shape than I had thought before making this hike. Elevation!!! I just wasn’t climatized but by the end of 12 days, I was good!
This post is in response to TERRI WEBSTER SCHRANDT Sunday Stills challenge. The theme this week is Your Happy Place.
My happy place is being outside in nature with my hubby, Frank! I’m also happy when I’m with my kids and grandkids but haven’t seen 2 of my 3 kids and none of my grandkids since January of this year due to the pandemic. I get to Facetime with them, but that is it. So for this challenge, I will stick to what I do when I can’t be with them physically.
Birding and hiking with Frank!
We were on the Chesser Island Boardwalk at Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge in Folkson, Georgia. Frank has his head to the sky looking for birds. I’m looking at him and taking a snapshot of this moment. It is a 3/4 mile hike to the end where there is a covered observation tower. There are other covered sitting areas along the way to rest or see what nature has to offer.
Hiking around the St. Marks Lighthouse & Wildlife Refuge in April after losing my job and going on lockdown. The park stayed open the whole time and visitors were limited. This area is so large that you could manage social distancing without a problem.
We had to stop shortly after our 12 plus mile paddle down the Yellowstone River to fix a scupper that was leaking. I didn’t mind unloading the boat as the view was so incredibly awesome! You can read the entire “Living in the Moment – Paddling the Yellowstone River” post here if you missed the original story.
The view of String Lake in Grand Tetons National Park on our paddle for my birthday in September, 2019. The water was so clear, we could see the bottom from 10-15 feet. The water was cold, but the air temperature was in the high 60’s with a light breeze and the sun was shining. I was certainly in my happy place here!
While on our honeymoon in 2017, Frank & I went on a small hike in the rugged terrain at Death Valley National Park. The shadows are me & him taking a photo of the same thing as the sun was going down.
Birding is my all-time favorite past time. On occasion, an Anhinga will just hang out on the boardwalk while we are hiking along. If you want to see more of my birds, check out my Bird Weekly Challenge.
These photos were taken on our favorite beach in Jacksonville, Florida. Little Talbot Island State Park is just off of A1A between Jacksonville and Amelia Island. It is over 5 miles of untarnished beach. The only structures on the property is the Ranger station, maintenance building and public restrooms. This land is protected and is not for commercial use.