Welcome to my "Florida" blog

Being a third generation Florida native, I'm completely enamored with the diverse beauty of this gorgeous peninsula. For most of the year the weather is divine which makes exploring its unlimited nooks and crannies fun and easy.

Wherever I go I appreciate nature and the world around me. Come along with me as I share the places I visit and perhaps a few other amusements I find interesting along the way.

(FYI: Every post prior to January 1, 2009 was previously published and imported from my garden blog)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Where Am I? Revealed: Canopy Walk

A couple of months ago when Mr. Meems and I took a day trip out of town our destination was Myakka State Park. By way of the back roads we drove all around the area and the perimeter roads of the park before entering. We just like to see what we can see in rural Florida. It was a perfectly beautiful day.

Apparently the city's name used to be spelled Miakka. I've tried to find some history about it but to no avail.

Did you know?

Florida’s state park system is one of the largest in the country with 161 parks spanning almost 700,000 acres and 100 miles of sandy white beach. We are on a quest to make sure we visit them whenever we have the chance. Well, it's probably more fair to say I am on a quest and Mr. Meems is along to keep me company. He knows he's in for lots of tracking around looking for critters and all kinds of plants, trees, and flowers.

There was a lot of camping and canoeing going on. The park offers loads of activities for families with children. Since we aren't campers... yet

... besides the vast amount of woodlands and waterways the main attraction of Myakka State Park, for me, was the idea of the nature trail and getting a gander Florida from the top of the tower on the canopy walk.

It was a leisurely trail getting to the tower.

Our state parks are chocked full of handy information with curious facts.

Acres and acres of hammocks and woodlands have been left mostly undisturbed. There are some really cool things to photograph.

So here we are. You'll want to be sure there's only a couple of folks on here at a time. It sways and flexes as you walk over it. But what a unique experience to be high in the trees with every living thing.

Suspended by cables it gives you a bit of an insecure sense.

Climbing the tower things got even more interesting. We didn't realize it was going to creak and sway with the advancement of trails of people traversing all those narrow steps.
It doesn't seem so high when you are on the ground looking up.

But once you are on the top and the trees below look so small you begin to take in just how high up you really are. With just a railing between you and the atmosphere it does make one feel a little bit vulnerable. There is only room for a few people at a time on the top so folks rotate on and off that top level.

A view of the walkway on my way down.

Now here's a walkway we can all easily negotiate. Let's go out on the water to see what might be hanging around out there.

Just a couple of sandhill cranes making their way along the edge of the water for some afternoon foraging. Mr. Yellow Crowned Night heron never woke up or budged.
Thanks for coming along for Where Am I? And thanks to those who guessed and to Sophie Mae for guessing correctly. She is two for two so far.


Patricia said...

Beautiful - and one of the parks we have never visited. That will have to change!

Meems said...

There are so many really great parks in Florida aren't there? I am working my way slowly around to them.

Leedra said...

Fla does have a lot of parks. We noticed that this last year as we had extra time, so we were visiting along the way. My hubby likes to walk, so he is along for the ride (I mean walk) too. I say let's go and he is game. We spent this past weekend in the park of all parks, in our opinion, the Great Smoky Mtns National Park.

Thanks for showing us this one, not sure I would have gone to the top of the tower.

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gigi said...

i'm just catching up with this blog, but i was going to ask the same question as N.T. did - about Mr. Meems climbing to the top of the tower! good for him!
i shudder just reading about it, and that is enough of a thrill for me. the swaying suspension bridge would have already stopped me before reaching the tower. thanks for the great pics so that i can experience it through your photo eye!
btw, i thought for sure hubby & I had visited here, but i do not remember the tower if we did.