Journal Entry 07.21.2016 – Explorations
Now that I have some transportation I can start on exploring my new state. Today I ventured over to the Princess Place Preserve, a Flagler County Park. It is the site of a former large estate situated alongside the Mantanzas River, a vast salt-water estuary, also known as the Intercostal Waterway. The site is slightly rolling, covered with Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) and Saw Palmetto, as well as other tough, salt-resistant plants.
Being it was another very hot day, I only took a couple of short loop trails to get acquainted with the area. I’ll be back when the weather is a little more mild. It is a pleasant place to spend some hours wandering around. Hikers, bikes and horses are welcomed on most trails / roads, which are also well-signed.
There are various buildings on the site, including a Lodge and Information Center. I didn’t visit the main house, for which the Preserve was named. For more information, see: http://www.flaglercounty.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/18
Here’s a few photos. The sun was rather brilliant, so the blue skies are a bit over-exposed.
This kind of walking is vastly different than hiking in the high mountains of the West, but not unpleasant. There are still insects with which to contend, but I managed by moving along the grassy / sandy trails. Being a weekday, there were few other people. Every once in a while, unseen creatures scuttled through the heavy brush, probably birds or lizards. I could also see bright orange crabs ducking for cover in the mud banks as they heard my approach. I also startled a heron or stork out of an oak tree on one of the islands. It’s call was entirely prehistoric in tone, a loud squawk!
So… that was a good start on my explorations. I will continue to update my readers on various places visited in the vicinity of where I am presently living in the State of Florida.
Blessings and love to all,
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