Today we enjoyed the most enjoyable hike we have had to date since moving to Tallahassee ten years ago. We drove 35 miles to St. Marks Lighthouse and found a fantastic little trail running behind it. For the following two hours, with three children and two dogs in tow, we meandered next to the Appalachee Bay soaking in the marshy land and gulf. Sandpipers, crabs, butterflies all flitted by. Fish flipped in the water. And what made it extraordinarily wonderful is that our usually friendly hiking companions were no where to be seen: no water moccasins, rattlesnakes, ticks or mosquitoes. And that in itself made it truly more enjoyable.