Thursday, February 11, 2016


"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity 
of the human spirit, as vital to our lives as 
water and good bread." 

-Edward Abbey

 There are days, despite what your
to do list looks like, that you just
have to call it and get outside,
Thursday was one of those days.
 The day started out cold, but
quickly warmed to 55 F and with
the sun shining it was a great day
to hike and explore 26,000 acres.
Some of the paths were a wee bit
flooded from all the rain we have
been experiencing, but we just
turned around and followed a
different path.
 There were animal tracks everywhere,
deer, hog, raccoon,
 turkey and even bobcat.
 There was a huge bat
house, but no bats,
Personally I think the
bats liked the trees.

 There was a magnicicent
old home,

and if I had an extra 1/2 million
dollars I would love to see it
 I marveled at these wee pinecones,
so much smaller that the ones I grow.
I made sure to pack my green
juice, something I have been drinking
daily and don't want to miss.
I spent quite a bit of time
watching this wee noisy
flycatcher bird working
hard on her nest,
not the least bit bothered that
I was standing there.
It was a pretty awesome day
and one I hope to repeat again

Happy weekend my friends, I
hope it is all you want and need
it to be.

Much Love,


  1. Simply beautiful. Enjoy your weekend Tracey.

  2. What a lovely day, Tracey. I could feel the sunshine in your pics. It looks like your trees are getting new leaves already? I love that early, soft green color. I hope you have a good weekend.

  3. What a beautiful hike- I love seeing your findings and surroundings, so different than the NW. Love the big trees. Have a great weekend and enjoy that tea :)

  4. What a lovely day! Enjoy your weekend.

  5. What a beautiful day! You are right, sometimes chores need to be left behind and life needs to be enjoyed!

  6. thank you for taking us on your walk/hike. I love the little pinecones, I only grow large ones. The footprints are the best. We have deer, rabbits and little birds.

  7. Looks fantastic Tracey. A beautiful place. How exciting to see those tracks. Bobcats and wild hogs? Glad I don't have to worry about those around here.

  8. it's the first thing on my to do list: GO OUTSIDE (LOL). Your pics are gorgeous...I love all the moss on the trees. Have a great weekend Tracey!!!

  9. Every time you post photos of your surroundings I feel immersed into a private habitat where there is something going on everywhere. I'm impressed with your knowledge of animal tracks. I need to detox better today. I wanted to go for a run but I'm not comfortable leaving the husband yet unless necessary and the gardener will be here for most of the day. So only tea and green smoothies today.

  10. Hi Tracey! Oh, that IS a lovely old home! The flycatcher is a cutie pie. You DID have a good day!

  11. You live in such a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing! Walking is my favorite exercise and I am crazy about all kinds of green juice :)

  12. Your quote is perfect. It should be the mantra of my life. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

  13. I love your pictures, so scenic and calming. That old house is indeed remarkable and would be a beauty restored.

  14. And if I had a 1/2 million, I would come help you! xo

  15. I truly love talking walks with you. Everything on your walk makes me feel peaceful.

  16. Oh what beautoful images Tracey... That first one brought me back to my Virginia days... old plantation grounds, majestic trees. You live in a beautiful place.