Much time has elapsed since my last post. On our many hikes we viewed riverside tangled roots and reflections, fungi and mushrooms and falling red maple keys of spring. Frost ruined the great elephant leaves but spring has added blossoms to the woods along our bike paths. Many farms back on to the paths so we have seen our share of horses, plump pigs, geese parading, wild turkeys and peacocks.
We rented a canoe for an afternoon and enjoyed a great river trip. The mirrored calm surface provided fabulous reflections of the cypress roots, huge turtles, spring blossoms and many birds. Anhinga, Hawks, Kingfisher and Cardinals were plentiful.
Mid February, we finally bid adieu to our Donkey friends and headed south to The Everglades. The drive provided views of citrus groves, dairy and beef cattle farms, many lakes, flat marsh lands, irrigated vegetable plots and the always entertaining road signs.