When we woke and listened to the news we realized that is what they were experiencing in the Tampa area that we LEFT around lunchtime yesterday - another hallelujah! We had a leisure morning and around 10:00 got on our bikes to ride around Crooked River SP and do some hiking.
This is a beautiful park with many trails and amazing "cabins" that are rented. They look like nice sized homes.
|These are considered "cabins"!|
We parked our bikes and walked the Sempervirens Trail and two "off chutes" called the River Trail and the Nature Trail probably walking about 2 miles.
|This was a beautiful trail!|
|Loved this stump. Looks like the profile of a face!|
On the bird watching boardwalk we could observe the marsh area -
|This seat gave me a great view of the marsh!|
We saw some interesting "critters" along the way.....
|When this 1st crossed my path I thought it was a baby snake!|
Looked like a slug, but I am not sure what it is!
|This is a different one with more color!|
|This gopher tortoise looks like he spent a lot of time\|
digging in the sand!
|This guy is rather photogenic!|
and some pretty flowers -
On the way back to Waldo we saw a Snowy Egret and a Great White Heron -
|The snowy egret in the back is identified by his orange legs!|
We ate lunch outside at Waldo and then stopped at the Park Office and had a nice conversation with a volunteer who is a full-time RVer. She was very interesting.
Then we drove about 15 minutes to St. Mary's. At one time this would have been a thriving fishing village, but now it seems rather deserted and businesses have trouble surviving. From St. Mary's you can take a ferry to Cumberland Island National Seashore. Because of all the things to do in this area we will probably not do that adventure - hopefully another time!
We walked around the area enjoying the beautiful park area along the water ....
|What a beautiful place to swing!|
|This fountain is in the center of the park in downtown|
|Another leaping lizard!|
|He looks like he is suspended on the tree!|
Then we checked out this tall ship that was built in Brazil in 1980, then brought to Savannah to be finished, and bought by 12 Tribes 8 years later. Currently you can tour it for free on the weekends but it is also For Sale. It really is a beautiful sailing vessel.
|It is hard to tell, but the colors of this boat are beautiful - dark|
navy and then lots of gorgeous dark wood! Impressive!
We also enjoyed watching these fiddler crabs...
On to Wal-Mart and then back to the CG. Ken grilled as it was a beautiful evening with lots of sunshine and in the 80's. After dinner we took a short walk to the water at the back of the CG and the sky was a brilliant orange and the sun ready to set. It was gorgeous. Unfortunately, Ken only had his cell phone to take pictures, but I still think the pictures are spectacular!
We met a couple from North Carolina while watching the sunset and we shared some places to camp and tour with each other. What's not to like in this area????