A Nature Walk in Tropical Wauchula, FL
OSPREY (Bird of Prey)
Where to be on Thanksgiving Day?
For some reason, even though this was our third RV, we had always been at home or at one of our kid's home, or somewhere else near family of friends on Thanksgiving Day.
We had actually spent a lot of time over the past several months trying to decide whether we should be for Thanksgiving. Should we be in Virginia, or North Carolina with family, or maybe in Myrtle Beach with friends, or should we just be on the road in our RV when the holiday occurred.
We had finally decided on being in the South, in mild weather, in a nice campground, with a heated pool and Jacuzzi. We figured this option was great for both of our Backs, and our Health overall.
A young Alligator sunning itself.
A Walk on Thanksgiving Day
So with our decision made; we there we were, camping in our motorhome in Florida for the winter.
We had been casually hopping around the state, from campground to campground and thoroughly enjoying the local weather along with the local sights.
We had pulled into yet another campground for a few weeks and after a few days, I decided that I really needed to get off of my butt and get a little exercise by taking regular walks on the campground's nature paths.
The day started out just like our previous two at the campground.
It was a typical November in South Florida; a little rainy, and windy for a day or two, followed by four or five days of great tropical weather.
But, the great thing about winter weather in Florida is that usually it was always mild.
By around 10AM, the clouds had started to break up, the Sun was shining, and every thing looked beautiful.
Thanksgiving day meal in an RV
So as we had planned; we were in a nice Florida campground on Thanksgiving day.
The day before, my wife and I had made the normal last minute run to the local supermarket in Wauchula to pick up some food items for our special meal.
I had found some; frozen Mashed Potatoes, canned green beans, and a boneless Turkey Breast in the supermarket. We had also purchased a small fresh Carrot Cake, and the makings for some Turkey stuffing to round out our campground Thanksgiving meal.
And, as I had volunteered to do most of the cooking, all of these foods are pretty easy to prepare, even by my standards.
We were up early in the morning, while the weather was still bad and my wife and after a couple of hours of cooking my wife and I had made our first simplified camper's version of a Thanksgiving Dinner, in our motorhome kitchen.
A Great Book on the Peace River
When I travel in my RV, I often purchase books on the local area. I found this one in the local drugstore and it has provided me with some great sightseeing ideas whenever we have camped near Wauchula Florida.
Finally taking my Nature walk.
By around 1:00PM, we had finished eating our Thanksgiving meal, cleaned up the kitchen and I had even taken a short nap. My wife woke me up and to clear my head I stepped outside of my RV and realized that everything was just right for a walk.
With a full belly, I was now wearing my walking shoes and I had my Nikon camera strapped around my neck. My wife and I were ready to take a walk on one of the wonderful Nature trails, here at the campground.
Being a Senior, you should realize this wasn't going to be a "hike"; but rather we would be taking a nice slow trail walk through the local; tropical shrubbery, strange plants, wildflowers flowers and such.
I really needed to pack all of the food I had eaten down, and hopefully avoid going into some kind of a Sugar coma or something anyway, so we ambled over to the longest nature trail in the campground.
We monitored the campground map to get our bearings and off we went. We actually spent several hours on that first walk, with my wife and I swapping the camera back and forth and taking dozens of interesting pictures of the local winter flora.
We eventually got back to our RV and spent some time going over the pictures we had taken as I stored them on the hard drive of my computer.
Attached here you will find a few of the pictures we captured on our little nature walk on that Thanksgiving day. I check them out every now and then, and remember that special Thanksgiving Day fondly.
Wauchula Nature Trail
Great Hiking shoes
I had on my walking shoes as we traveled the nature trail. I have a wide foot and these particular shoes are really comfortable for me an they breath good.
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.
Native palm trees abound
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.
Typical Tropical Shrubbery
White Peacock Butterfly
There were hundreds of Butterflys 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
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 Picture looking upstream
We stayed for three weeks
We stayed for the Thanksgiving holiday and a total of three weeks.
There isn't a lot to do in Wuachula itself, but we had a great time alternating between swimming in the pool looking for fossils in the river and exploring the local area.
We have been back to this quiet campground in the middle of Florida several times and we will be back. It is a great place to just relax and unwind.
OSPREY - Bird of PREY - Identification
Thousand Trails campground on the Peace River
© 2009 Don Bobbitt