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I started my afternoon hiking adventure on this sweet, twisty-turny dirt trail that surrounds Gator Lake in West Palm Beach. Just over a half mile, this is a great warm-up trail! I love that access and parking to this trail and the Hammock Hog and Promontory Loop Trails was easy—and included bathrooms with flushing toilets!

Gator Lake on the Eagle Trail

As this trail looped around the lake, I came upon several spots to pause and sit or take in the lake view and do some bird watching.  Narrow and somewhat rooty, this trail has lots of shade, so even on a warm May afternoon, it was a pleasant hike. The trail ends at the entry road, and I walked the quarter mile back to the parking lot and on to Hog Hammock Trail.

Twisty Path on the Eagle Trail

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“You’ll be bored.” “You’ll be back to work in no time.” “What will you do to keep busy?”

I have begun my countdown to retirement! Five months to go from today—and these are the questions and comments I get.

I am excited—and scared! However, I will never be bored.

So, what will I do? In addition to having a beautiful family and fabulous friends to hang with, my list goes something like this:

  • Finish kayaking the Florida rivers—and return to my favs!
  • Visit all the Florida State parks—hike the trails. They are fabulous! (Check them out: https://www.floridastateparks.org/.
  • Bike the Coast-to-Coast Florida trail—all 220 miles. (Check it out: https://floridadep.gov/parks/ogt/content/florida-coast-coast-trail.)
  • Hike the Florida Trail—and try to avoid the gators and snakes. (Seriously, this trail is 1,265.1 miles. Check it out: https://floridatrail.org/.)
  • Take a train ride…somewhere, anywhere!
  • Learn to play golf, play tennis, cook, and take great photos.
  • Continue to hike the Appalachian Trail. (I start in Georgia in September 2022.)
  • Go Glamping.
  • Learn to apply false eyelashes. (Ha ha… Just checking to see if you are still reading.)
  • Sip delicious wine in beautiful surroundings.
  • Adventure. Enjoy life. Appreciate nature.

This is just a start—and mostly local! Chances are, I will add to this list. I haven’t even begun to venture far from Florida yet. And yes, I realize this list is ambitious and perhaps impossible to complete before this sixty-plus year old body decides it’s had enough, but dang! I sure will have fun trying.

Me bored? Hardly. Watch me. 🙂

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