Thursday, December 11, 2014

Florida - Day 4

Today I was a sleepy-head. I couldn't wake up. I slept until about 9:30, got up and had breakfast, gave Dad some dirty clothes to add to his load and went back to bed. I'm not sure what time he woke me up but we eventually headed to Myakka State Park - the largest state park in Florida. I loved it. It was so quiet and because it is still the off-season there weren't very many people. It was a bird-viewer's paradise and had lots of hiking trails, scenic drives, etc. We hiked a canopy trail that took us to a swaying bridge that went through the tall canopy of trees. We also walked several boardwalks on the lookout for alligators. At one point I counted 11 altogether. Unfortunately my phone doesn't zoom in enough so I was only able to get one or two at a time. Dad packed us a lunch so we ate at a table next to a barely moving stream. As we headed back home, he took a side trip to Jigg's Landing which used to be an old fishing resort. It was in its heyday during WWII. It is right along the Braden River and they have re-built some cabins that can be rented out. I think it would be fun to stay there some day. Dad is checking out potential fishing locations. Before I leave, I'll get a 3-day license so I can try out some of the spots, too.

Tomorrow I get the stitches out of my mouth. Yay. They are really starting to irritate me. Not sure what else will fit into our day, since we have to drive to Tampa to see the dentist. Maybe it will just be a rest day, since JP will be arriving soon and we will need our energy to go theme-parking in Orlando.

 A flock of snowy egrets

Love these tall palm trees

 Stairs going up to canopy bridge

Dad walking over the canopy bridge

Picnic of champions

Black vulture staking out his territory

Glow-in-the-dark yellow fungus

The heron was completely unafraid

Cabins at Jigg's Landing

Our daily selfie

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