Aayla and I had a wonderful day trip to Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. The entrance fee to this park was $6 per car load and we thought it was a great park.
We started out by walking the new Hammock Spur Trail at .9 miles, it was about an hour to walk with Aayla. The main trail is a 6 mile one way walk and then we would have to turn around and walk back. That was too much for Aayla to do. You can also ride your mountain bikes here on the trail and that sounds like a great way to do the trail sometime.
This trail was a forest walk and started out at a couple of sink holes. One was filled with water and has become a natural aquifer.
We meandered through the the forest trail.
|Love this lichen|
|Aayla examining the fungi|
|fungi... I can't pass by without a picture|
|Mommy this tree feels like a pineapple|
|Aayla carries Minnie along the hour trail|
|More gorgeous fungi|
|A little lizzard...Sierra will be sad to miss them as we saw four|
|Perhaps a turtle home?|
|Aayla teaching Minnie about the Bald Cypress trees|
|Bald Cypress trees|
|Ferns and moss...another fav of mine|
|Aayla gave Minnie a shoulder ride for most of the walk|
|A vulture feather...so one of the park rangers told us|
|Riding on her stick horse|
When we were done our walk on the Hammock Spur trail we headed over to buy a ticket for the boat ride. We had to wait about 1/2 an hour so we played at the playground while we waited for our boat trip. It was a fair size playground and there were lots of nearby picnic tables with grills to cook on.
Then it was time to walk down to the boats. On the way there we stopped to read a few of the signs about the park.
|Our selfie on the boat taken by Aayla|
|A soft shell turtle in the front.|
Not often seen here the ranger said
|Hello Mr Alligator|
|Really had to crop this one but it was fun to watch this Osprey eat his lunch|
|Turtles on a log|
|Ibis in the tree. This reminded me of the front gate sign.|
|Turtles basking in the sun|
|Female Anthinga drying her wings|
|Can you see the manatee?|
|Another female Anthinga|
|A Double Crested Cormorant I believe|
|Little Blue Heron|
|Watersnake basking in the sun. Note the blue eyes? |
He's getting ready to shed his skin!
|Hello Mr Alligator|
|These vultures return here to these very trees every winter|
|Great Blue Heron|
|View of the lodge from the boat tour|