The bonus is that most of the trails are shady, which makes them enjoyable even in the Florida heat. The bad news for us was that the mosquitoes were just as fierce as they had been last weekend at Devil's Millhopper. Ellison and I are both completely covered in bites.
That being said, we started our hike early and with overcast skies and a steady breeze, it felt relatively cool. The suspension bridge over the Santa Fe offered beautiful views of the river and even though the park was a bit crowded when we started, we found ourselves alone on the trails for the majority of our hike. Which is exactly how we like it. We talk in a whisper (so we have a better chance of seeing animals and please, could we all just agree to not talk loudly on a public trail?) and it makes whatever we're discussing sound really furtive and important.
Could this have all happened if we were sitting in our living room? Maybe. But there would have been tv to watch, emails to check and laundry to do. I can't focus well when I'm at home. I'm easily distracted and can get overwhelmed by thoughts of what I should be doing. Does this happen to you?
I want Ellison to remember me as attentive and interested, not distracted and irritable. Or at least I want the odds to lean in a little more in my favor. So for our family, a walk in the woods is always a good idea.
See you back here next weekend!