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FLORIDA by KRISS on 26 december 2015

Only half an hour inlands from Sarasota is the Myakka River State Park.
Not to be confused with the Myakka state forest which is in Englewood, a good 40 minutes drive further south.

The entrance fee is $6 for a family car and we found the price very reasonable ! The park is very well maintained and beautiful.
There are many parking and picnic areas along the road and there are many possibilities to stop and do whatever out of the main activities.

Mostly there would be 4 places of interest where pretty much everyone will stop.

- At the entrance of the park there is a bridge where people probably feed alligators and there are many to stay in this area.
You can spot a few just staying on the bridge or get closer to them on the walkable path that leads to part of the shore.
Caution is required though even if I had difficulties getting Rose to understand gators were not her friends « Papa, I know alligators OK, I’m fine ».

- A further deeper in the park is the famous canopy walk and to be honest, even if I admire the work of the people who built this canopy and the wooden tower that allows to look at the whole park from the top, you might be disappointed if you expect a very high and long canopy walk.
This is only a tiny stretch of bridge between two towers but still it’s good fun and a good way to look a the nature from the top.

- Near the lake stands a large parking and picnic areas which is likely to be one of the most crowded place in the whole park.
There are airboats and kayak rentals available there but no one in the family fell like kayaking among the alligators so we stayed on the shore.
We were said later on that a path runs at the end of the parking lot through the woods and there are plenty of alligators to be seen there.
We didn’t take it so I couldn’t say.

- Finally, the birds watch jetty is the final place where we encountered other visitors.
We drove to the end of the park and found a quiet beautiful place just there with no one else around.

On our way back, close to sunset, we were amazed by the number of deers we saw.
They come out of the woods to feed and I think we heard gun shots and guessed there would be hunters nearby.
Perhaps the park is a haven where hunters cannot trespass (this would make sense and be a lot safer considering the number of families having a walk there) and this is why there are so many of them !

But only as long as my D4s with a 70-200mm mounted and no teleconverter I was very short to take any decent shot of the beautiful animals.
I guess that Rose running around and telling me « I am not going to scare them Dad don’t worry, I’m just going to pat them » didn’t help since she invariably cornered the animals in the wrong direction before I had a chance to shoot ! So, this is more credit for the few photos I took !

I would advice a go at this park because it is very relaxing, full of squirrels and deers and we love both squirrels and deers ! Also its says this is the real Florida and I believe it gives a glimpse to what this place used to look like before it was conquered by men.

#florida #billabong #alligator #nikond4s #nikkor70200mm #animals #wildanimals

MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK

MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK

MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK

MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK

MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK

MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK

MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK

MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK

MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK

MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK

MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK

MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK

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YOUR NAME on 2015-12-30
Quelle merveille !

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