Sunday, November 16, 2008

Torreya State Park

We were fortunate enough to take advantage of this beautiful day! I love Sundays. The weather was marvelous ... it was perfectly clear, sunny, and a balmy 54 degrees. Neither one of us have ever been, but at the recommendation of a friend, we decided to take the 1 hour drive (or 14 hour hike) to Torreya State Park. We hiked about 2 hours, and didn't see everything, but here is what we did see.

I was quite amazed at how much this area looks like NC. It was nice to see some hills and movement to the land --- not that Tallahassee is perfectly flat. But this area looked much more like home. We were sure to take the part of the trail that follows along beside the Apalachicola River for a little while.

And here is our attempt at a family photo.

By the time we made it to the swamp rim, Petra could barely hold her eyes open.

I'm not sure if it was the steady rhythmic movement of the hike, or the heat coming off of Thomas' back, but she was fast asleep in no time. It reminded me riding on the boat this summer --- she couldn't stay awake for any of it. It's hard to imagine she slept for so long while Thomas was stepping and climbing over roots, and up and down hills.

And right about this time, Thomas heard something in the woods. I wasn't the least bit interested in standing around to see what creature was out there, especially after Thomas had already been talking about panthers. But in just a few moments we caught sight of fairly large, bushy-tailed doe. We weren't able to get a picture of it.

Anyway, we decided it was time to head back to the car. So we took the closest trail back to the real world and ended up at the campsite and a lookout point. I was a little disappointed to see most of the trees had lost their leaves. It seems like here in Florida, the trees barely change colors, it's super fast, and then before you know it they are all bare.

Petra was finally waking up on our way back to the truck and was happy to see we were still out and about.

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