A Nature Walk in Tropical WAUCHULA, FL
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A Walk on Thanksgiving Day
We were camping in Florida for the winter, just hopping around from campground to campground and enjoying the weather along with the sights.
We pulled into yet another campground for a few weeks and after a few days, I decided to get off of my Butt and take a walk
The day started out just like the previous two. It was a typical November in South Florida, rainy, and windy for a day or two, and then four or five days of great tropical weather.
But, it was always mild.
By around 10AM, the clouds had started to break up, the Sun broke through, and every thing looked beautiful.
Just right for a walk.
A Great Book on the Peace River
Taking my Walk
I had made the normal last minute run to the Supermarket in Wauchula, to pick up some forgotten items.
Once done, our first simplified Campers version of a Thanksgiving Dinner, in our RV, was nearly done.
I had found some frozen Mashed Potatoes, and a boneless Turkey Breast in the Supermarket, along with a small fresh Carrot Cake, and the makings for some Stuffing.
All of which are pretty easy to make, even by my standards.
For some reason, even though this was our third RV, we had always been at home or at one of the kid's home, or somewhere else on Thanksgiving.
We had even spent a lot of time over the past month or so trying to decide whether we should be in Virginia, or Raleigh with family, or in Myrtle Beach with friends, or on the road in our RV.
We had finally decided on being in the South, in mild weather, in a nice Campground, with a heated Pool and Jacuzzi. Great for both of our Backs, and our Health overall.
We finished our Lunch, and I decided to go out and take a walk on one of the wonderful Nature trails, here at the Campground.
You know, a nice slow walk through tropical shrubbery, plants, flowers and such.
I really needed to pack all of the food I had eaten down, and maybe avoid going into a Sugar coma or something..
Attached are some of the pictures I took on my little nature walk.
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Of, course what is a Nature Trail without the appropriate warnings, of the hidden dangers that might be present?
And, we are used to looking out for such signs when we travel to an area of the country that we have visited before.
This is a big country and there are a wide variety of dangers wherever you might go, that the natives might take for granted.
These two signs might take that concept a little too far though ....... maybe?
A view of the Peace River
A View of the Peace River
The Peace River winds around two sides of the TT Campground, and provides a beautiful backdrop for a lot of pictures.
It seems that the Peace River is also a great source of Fossils and is very popular for the great and free finds that seem to be everywhere in and along the river.
Supposedly, if you stick a shovel into a bank or sandbar, and sift the residue, you will almost certainly find at least a Shark's Tooth, or a piece of Bone, or other fossilized items.
Nature surrounds you
I guess one of the things that we do enjoy when we travel is "sticking our toes" into the natural habitat of an area.
Here, in Wauchula, we were really excited by the nature trails that were already there. There were several of these trails and we took advantage of all of them multiple times.
What we really loved was the fact that each time we walked these trails we saw different samplings of the native wildlife living in and on the local plants.
White Peacock Butterfly
There were hundreds of Butterfly's fluttering all over the place. This specific one was the most abundant on that day, and is known as the White Peacock Butterfly.
What a Beautiful and active entertainer!
I do love to come across Wildflowers when I take a walk in the woods, or near a River, as is the case here.
Butterflys, Bees, and Wildflowers
Butterflys, Bees, and Wildflowers
nature in Action!
I caught this shot with both Bees and Butterflys feeding themselves on the Wildflower blossoms.
A Wildflower and a LadyBug
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Wildflower and LadyBug
It was just hanging there in the blazing Sun.
Standing out from the surrounding vegetation, and begging for it's picture to be taken.
While, right nest to the Wildflower, a LadyBug was doing it's best to eat every piece of vegetation it could.
I show both pictures here, just for the color contrast.
Peace River Pic
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Thousand Trails campground on the Peace River
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