A Surprise Boardwalk Delight

About a year ago I purchased a book called “Hiking Southwest Florida”, in hopes I would find hiking trails that had thus far eluded me as I explored South Florida.  Unfortunately, “hiking” South Florida – well Florida in general – is more like a gentle stroll….a FLAT gentle stroll.  (sigh, the Rocky Mountains are calling my name!)

I’ve been slowly visiting the different walking, ahem, hiking paths suggested by the book, and last week I visited Six Mile Cypress Slough (rhymes with through).  I didn’t have high expectations for the place (it is a 1.2 mile boardwalk through native Florida scrub, and I’ve seen Florida flora before).  I was SO surprised how much I loved this place!  It is amazingly beautiful.

You pay a small fee to park (I paid $5 for the day, but you can get away with as little as $1 per hour).  No fee to walk the boardwalk or to visit the nature center.

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An elevated boardwalk takes you through the entire space, which means it’s a place which can be visited during the hot, humid, WET summer months.   The board walk starts through a man made patch of bald cypress, which was in its “bald” state, and eerily beautiful.

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The board walk continues on to wind its way through native flora found in Florida.

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In between the amazing scenery, I was pleasantly surprised to see a great number of animal friends!  This little guy was a baby, only about two to three feet long.

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This guy was a bit bigger, coming in around five to six feet long!

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Plenty of birds and turtles.

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A slick guy working on his tan.

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And in the back pond…..three of these little guys splashed around and amused all the visitors for five minutes!!!

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Because of the wet winter (and a recent rain shower), the base of the park was quite flooded, with a good 24″ of water.  Although unusual for our winters, it provided for amazing reflections of the massive trees above.

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I ended up spending over three hours exploring, taking photos, sitting and enjoying the wind, and feeling the warm sun on my face.  I highly recommend anyone to visit this gem, and I would love to see what surprises it holds in the spring and summer.

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Genesis

The beginning.

The first post.

My first foray into blogging; the internet; the public domain.

This is very intimidating.

I’ve written and re-written this first post about half a dozen times.  Certainly, this needs to be epic.  The first post needs to be fantastic, and inspiring, and interesting.  It needs to draw my reader in, so they will want to check back in and read more.

Truthfully…..I have no readers.  I JUST STARTED MY BLOG (duh.)

I don’t know what to expect myself.  I’VE NEVER BLOGGED BEFORE (obviously.)

I’m not sure what the tone of my writing will be.  I’M NOT A PROFESSIONAL AUTHOR (as if there was any doubt.)

So I’ve decided to stop beating myself up about making the perfect blog post.  And I’m just going to put this out there, so (finally) the first one is done.  And hope that things improve and get better from this point on out.

One thing, before I go.  I think I should introduce myself.  My name is Christina (aka Sunny).  This is my blog.  Written by me.  For me.  About me.  About my (sometimes-sunny) moments in life.

I hope you enjoy, and I hope you check back in again.  (Whoever you are.)

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