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Hilltop....

My trail walking yesterday was at Hilltop Community. It's on the outskirts of metro Corpus Christi. The trail is VERY hilly and is a great area to walk for a cardio-workout! Up and down, down and up...twisting and turning through the tree shaded paths. And quite popular for those that know of the area. And those that don't know about it...they don't know what they're missing. More than likely I'll be hitting this trail and others close by until my favorite areas on the islands; Port Aransas and Rockport on the mainland, are repaired and back to normal. In other words, within the next year or so, I'll be walking closer to home than I have in the past...and the beaches to the south instead. The nature area provides outdoor enthusiasts two miles of walking trails, a skateboard park, gazebos, many many work-out stations just off the trail, playground equipment, three nature overlooks, foot bridges, multipurpose sports field,horseshoe pits, a picnic pavilion with BBQ pits, as well as a covered bandstand rotunda. ( I only found three downed trees from Hurricane Harvey along the trails! )

...along the paths, I spotted these scenes:


The moon was still visible in the sky; the sky was a clear, deep blue. A perfect day to traverse in the great outdoors!


At the early morning hour very few birds were active, Golden Fronted Woodpecker, Inca Dove, White Winged Dove and Loggerhead Shrike, plus the Northern Mockingbird.


,,,The paved trail and wooden foot bridge nestled in the oak trees.



New growth of Spanish Moss dangles and sways in the breeze...


...a stately cottonwood tree remains upright [Cottonwood trees are scarce in this area of South Texas.  The trees most commonly seen are palm, mesquite, live oak, and willow].  I was happy to see it wasn't harmed during the storm of the century!!



...the Old Man's Beard [wild clematis] was quite abundant and as the sun hit the dangling seeds, they sparkled with dew.  There are many different species of this trailing [vine] plant in America and throughout the globe.  Can be invasive.


When I finished my walk, my Health App told me I didn't quite reach my goal of steps, so I went across the highway and stopped by the historic cemetery of Nuecestown and tried to capture some photos of interest there....




32 comments :

  1. Nature is so peaceful, isn't it, especially when the moon is still watching *grin*

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    1. I so love to be out with nature. It always seems, just one on one. I like that.

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  2. How wonderful to have this place close to home. That is a fantastic shot of the moon.

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    1. Yes, it is...I was just wishing while walking there the other day, how nice it would be within walking distance from home. Thanks Rose.

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  3. Hello Anni, beautiful captures of the moon. Love the birds and mossy trees. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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    1. Thanks...hope you're enjoying your Sunday too Eileen.

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  4. enjoyed walking with you.
    Mama Bear

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  5. love both the hanging moss pics and glad you have a place to walk now that your favorite is a mess. we are in wait mode and you know how that is... see you on the other side of Irma

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    1. Oh, I know all too well about the anxieties the wait time creates!! Be safe.

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  6. Your photos today are relaxing and calm. This is good while we all wait for storms to be gone. Thank you.

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    1. It's been a tough September so far for those along the coast, for sure.

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  7. Beautiful and interesting images from your walk.

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  8. A nice place to walk. I'll try your suggestion for my next attempt at covering the jars with napkins

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    1. Keeping my fingers crossed that that method will work.

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  9. You have got to be the healthiest person I know. I wish I could walk this much! The silvery Clematis is beautiful. And your daytime moon!! WOW, that may be my favorite, but I love all your findings!!

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    1. Thanks again Ginny. You're always so positive, I wish I could be like you.

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  10. It must be enjoyable to walk among lovely scenery like that.

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    1. Truly, it is. Come on down, we'll walk and chat together next time.

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  11. Great photos and I like seeing that moon. Gorgeous!

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    1. There is something about the moonglow, even during the day.

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  12. What a great walk...so much to see and enjoy.

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    1. It was good of you to come along, Pam.

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  13. You have such nice areas to walk in. I used to walk, line dance, regular dance, and water exercise and now all I do is mop. Pitiful.

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    1. I mop too. Will have to remember to add that to my exercise regime tho. Good thinking Paula.

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  14. Good for you, making sure you're getting your steps in. Plus the pictures are a bonus. :-)

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    1. It was way too long a 'break' not getting in any steps during Harvey. I must catch up. lol

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  15. You are pretty amazing! You take your health seriously and I can understand that! I'm so happy you do! I need to get more active! I exercised daily for over 30 years and now I do not have that regularity....I walk and I'm active but I need to kick it up a notch and add some weights or more heart healthy exercises. I love yoga and Tai Chi....
    Keep inspiring us to do more......

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    1. I have hand weights for when I walk, but put them away and never brought them back out. And my stationery bike sits. Just sits. Collecting dust.

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  16. Beautiful walk! Lovely photos. The moon photo is magical.

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  17. i'm glad you found a pretty place to walk until recovery.... of course I wonder what it will be like in Florida when we get back this Fall. (Right after I posted my memory post about Port A and wished everybody well in your beautiful State, Hurricane Irma took aim right where we winter now in Florida (we think everything is OK there, as far as we can tell from emails here all the way across the country).

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