state parks

Did they Drain Deep Hole?


Did They Drain Deep Hole?

Guest Post by Nancy Dobias

It's no wonder it's so difficult to tell seasons in south Florida.  The other day when I went to Myakka River State Park and walked through the woods along the Myakka River, I was struck by all the green grass coming up in the woods.  Although it's mid December, everywhere it appeared to be springtime.  Vivid greens dominated the landscape along the river and in the woods....

Where I expected to see the Easter Bunny hopping down the Bunny Trail, instead I saw alligator after alligator lining the banks of the Myakka River.

In fact there were so many that my camera couldn't pick them all up in one picture.  They were on the bank, in the river, in the grasses, in the trees (well...maybe not in the trees....)  Each time I saw one group of alligators, the next group would be even larger!!   What a day it was!  TRULY AMAZING!!  It was as though the alligators from the Deep Hole had migrated to this region of the park....  So remarkable!!

I was glad that no one was kayaking when I was walking along the trail.  I can't imagine what kind of splash would have happened if all those alligators would have felt "threatened' by the kayakers and then would have made the "mad dash" into the river and under the water.  I would HATED to have been in the kayaks....  I wonder how much water would have been displaced by all those dives.....  NOT FOR ME!!!!

If you go out to the park, take your camera.  Sunny days and cooler water temps are a guarantee that the alligators will be posing for pictures!  BE CAREFUL! 

The "Wild" Life at Myakka


The "Wild" Life at Myakka

guest post by Nancy Dobias

When I went to Myakka River State Park the other day, I was interested in seeing how the trails along the Myakka River fared after having experienced the high winds of Hurricane Irma.  The beginning sections of the trails looked in great shape.

But further along, there was debris littering the paths.  At one point I encountered a downed tree overhanging the path as well as a few wet areas that could be easily circumnavigated.

The denizens of the Myakka were out in full force, some with welcoming "smiles." 

And the Vulture Brigade continued its fastidious clean-up of the park.  Upper management was even on scene to scrutinize its efforts.

Even though the park is not back to 100% yet, it didn't stop families from enjoying a picnic along the river or individuals from enjoying a game of Peck and Seek.

A few yearlings had ventured out of the deep woods to graze among the trees lining the Myakka Lake.

While a baby-sitter was hired to provide aerial surveillance to ensure their safety.

It's good the yearlings had someone above to warn them of potential problems.  I'm always amazed at how well the birds take on this responsibility.  When I was wondering along one of the trails earlier, I stumbled upon an alligator enjoying a moment's respite out of the river.  The limpkins were gracious enough to screech out my potential "threat" and forewarn their slumbering friend.

Yes, the park is once more returning to normalcy.  Even those who pitch a tent or tow their homes along with them will find many wonderful adventures awaiting.

If you look closely, you may even see a choir practicing its own rendition of a "partridge" in a pear tree.

Too bad they didn't have some festive garland to help with that image.