Withlacoochee State Trail

It’s Tuesday and I’m done rambling about the diet but continuing with my  “Fit for Life” posts. Terry, Maggie and I try to get outside and “move” everyday.  Walking, playing golf, kayaking and bicycling are some of our regular activites. Well, Maggie doesn’t actually play golf–no thumbs.

This is our favorite place to ride our bikes–the Withlacoochee State Trail.  We usually go to the Inverness trail head which is about 45 minutes from Old Homosassa.  Inverness is a lovely little town with many parks, trails, and lakes and is also the Citrus County seat.

Withlacoochee State Trail Sign
Withlacoochee State Trail Sign
Red Caboose at the Inverness Trail Head on the Withlacoochee State Trail
Red Caboose at the trail head.
Cooter on the Withlacoochee State Trail
This is a cooter turtle. Maggie does not appreciate posing with it.  Inverness also has a cooter pond, cooter pond park, and cooter festival dedicated to the turtle.


2nd cooter on the Withlacoochee State Trail
Maggie is checking out the cooter’s shoe.  She’s wondering if we could get some big concrete animal for our yard.
Bull Shark at the Withlacoochee State Trail
One of the attractions on the trail–looks like someone caught a bull shark.
Bull Shark at the Withlacoochee State Trail
Yes, definitely a bull shark.
Withlacoochee State Trail
This little shelter is about 4 miles north from the Inverness trail head. We decided to take a little break, let Maggie down, and turn around here.


Maggie on the Withlacoochee State Trail
Maggie loves getting down and checking out the pee-mail but is very happy to get back into the basket. It’s a little too warm for her and her legs are a little too short to walk the entire distance.
Pink Elephant on the Withlacoochee State Trail
And another attraction along the trail. I’m really into large concrete lawn ornaments. Think we should be looking for one of our own.
Blue Bottle Orchard on the Withlacoochee State Trail
A blue bottle orchard is directly across from the pink elephant!


Withlacoochee State Trail
Almost back to the trail head and time to let Maggie down again.


Terry at the Withlacoochee State Trail
Terry and Maggie
Withlacoochee State Trail
Forgot my hat so I’m looking a little wind blown here.
Lake on the Withlacoochee State Trail
View of one of the many lakes along the trail.
Restroom at Withlacoochee State Trail
Back at the trail head, and here’s a very important reason I prefer going to the Inverness trail head–a restroom!
Picnic Pavilion at the Inverness Trail Head on the Withlacochee State Trail
In case I ever plan far enough ahead, there’s a picnic pavilion at the trail head.
Bike Shop at the Withlacoochee State Trail
Also a bike shop right next to the trail head for repairs or renting. Very convenient.
Bikes at the Withlacoochee State Trail
Bikes are loaded and we are on to our next adventure!

For more info on the trail: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/regions/westcentral/trails/with_state.htm



Old Homosassa Moments

Busy weekend in Old Homosassa.

Boats at boat ramp
The first Saturday of scallop season. Boats are lined up to use the county ramp.
Storm over the Chassahowitzka nature preserve
A storm in the east turned our sunset view into a surreal photograph.
Ducks guarding the MacRae residence.
Guard Ducks
Looks like I got a little too close!
The rooster is still here!
Happy sun
Saw this for the first time a few days after we spotted the rooster. Public art in Old Homosassa?
Plumeria blooms