In addition to a ringside seat at the Cirque du Cray, one of the advantages of living in Florida is that you can hike year-round. But as we slide toward summer, the dreaded season that transforms our sub-tropical wonderland into a sun-blasted hellscape, it pays to get started early.
We hit the trail early enough today to hike six-plus miles and be back home in the A/C with our feet up before the sun got a chance to simmer our brains in our skulls. Here’s a swamp we saw along the way:
We also saw several birds, including cardinals, grackles, egrets and woodpeckers. We didn’t see any mammals, though we did see suspected deer tracks and signs of feral swine. My favorite thing was this lovely creek:
It was clear and shallow and cool. I wanted to shuck off my shoes and socks and wade barefoot in that creek and follow it to the nearby river that empties into Tampa Bay. Maybe next time. But here is the aforementioned river, which isn’t all that impressive at this point: