Nature Coast Trail: Gilchrist County

Our first daycation of 2016 included a 22 mile bike ride on the Nature Coast State Trail. We started the ride at the trailhead just off US 19 in Fanning Springs, south of Fanning Springs State Park.


From the trailhead we rode about three miles toward Old Town to the Suwannee River Bridge (just had to make a stop on the old bridge on the famous river) before turning back to pick up the trail to Trenton.


This portion of the trail was clearly labeled with mileage markers, something I appreciate, and bordered rural neighborhoods, farmland and Trenton Elementary School. Of course we had to stop at the school to check out their recently renovated 1930s gym.


The next leg of our ride took us to Trenton where we stopped at the Train Station for a quick snack before visiting the quilt museum and then heading back to Fanning Springs.


Somehow we we managed to avoid riding in the rain and then concluded our Gilchrist County adventure with a picnic lunch overlooking Fanning Springs where we were surprised to find a half dozen manatee swimming in and around the roped off spring. A nice bonus!


14 in 14

Bass, beaches, biking…sunrises, sunsets, snook…hatching turtles and good food…words to describe the adventures in 2013. January 2013 started with John and me sitting on the porch creating a list of things we wanted to do over the course of the year, and by the first of December when we’d checked off the last of the items on our 13 in 13 list, we started discussing plans for 2014.

The making of the 2014 list became an event of its own. Both John and I created lists of ideas and then on January 1st we sat down together and revealed our ideas, one at a time, ready for further discussion and negotiation to determine which items would be included on our official 14 in 14 list.

Surprisingly, four ideas appeared on both of our lists and three of those made the final cut. Several of the ideas morphed into more elaborate plans than originally imagined, and after a couple of hours of discussion we agreed on the 14 adventures for 2014.

So what’s on the list?

  • a trip to Birmingham
  • another sunrise sunset trip, but with different beaches than those from 2013
  • visits to several springs throughout Florida
  • manatee
  • shark teeth and a boneyard
  • a parade, pancakes, and paella
  • a triathlon

I know that’s not 14, but it’s more fun to keep a few under wraps.

January 2nd, we hit the road and visited Fanning Springs State Park as the first stop in 2014 and penciled in dates for the events that will occupy our time this year. Can hardly wait!

Fanning Springs - 14 in 14 begins!
Fanning Springs – 14 in 14 begins!