Today I turned a year older. I didn’t really want presents. I have no room for anything and really don’t need anything. Instead I wanted to go on a hike at a new place with friends. I had seen pictures of a place that was a bit of a drive but still near by that intrigued me. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. I just can’t even begin to tell you how perfect it was.
There are quotes on plaques at certain spots along this boardwalked path. Between the sighs and sounds of the preserve, and the quotes. Nature was talking to me. Letting me know that I am on the right path and to keep it up. It was nourishing in a way I didn’t even realize I needed.
“You learn that if you sit down in the woods and wait something happens” Henry David Thoreau.
The soft sunlight, the smell of cypress and the chatter of birds in the trees. It was all just so perfect.
“Falling in love with the Earth is one of lives great adventures. ” Steve Van Matre
Its true. It was like falling in love with the Earth all over again. Every step. Every new discovery. Every new enjoyment from the kids.It doesn’t matter that we have lizards and squirrels. These were here now! We saw them! It was right there! Watching their delight was truly a gift. Using our imaginations and just taking our time walking. We even saw a tree looking at us!
It was truly an enjoyable walk. It was exactly what I wanted. It was gorgeous weather. The humidity and barometric pressure were steady, important tidbits when dealing with arthritis. We lost track of time watching the turtle weave around the pond. We delighted in watching them eat the algae. It was a secure enough trail that we felt confident enough to let the kids wander ahead of us. Letting them explore and make their own discoveries.
Its camouflaged very well but I promise you there is an alligator in this picture. We watched him rather lazily swimming around for a bit.
I can’t even imagine what it was like here even just fifty years ago. These trees are relatively small for cypress. There were some bigger ones. I just love the cypress knees sticking up.
I think one of my favorite things was how many Yellow crown night heron’s we saw. It was like once we saw one we kept seeing them. We even got to watch one eating a fish.
It was the perfect escape and the perfect way to turn a year older.
We followed this with a visit to Tropical Smoothie Cafe. The kids were super excited for smoothies. It was all very delicious and the food came fast enough that the kids didn’t get too delirious and were so well behaved. Enough so that they even got cookies.