And my first hike of 2014 goes to one of my favorite places in Florida, Tosohatchee WMA. It is a huge area with numerous trails and one of the most promising spots to see really wild nature in Florida.
I recently saw a fox squirrel at Tosohatchee State Reserve. My friends and I were all "WHAT IS THAT??" because none of us had ever seen one. It is larger and seemingly longer than a regular squirrel, it kept standing up and I was thinking meerket/prairie dog?? But apparently it is a fox squirrel. I get excited to see rare animals like bobcats, but it's even more exciting to see an animal I've never even heard of! Another pleasant surprise is hiking along and finding a patch of wild blackberries. Yummy!
Tosohatchee State Reserve has an amazing network of trails on 28000 acres. This week my friend Marissa and I went to explore there once again. This time we saw wild turkeys, armadillos, families of cows right on the trail, turtles, alligators, and maaaaaany birds. Spring is in full swing and there are wildflowers EVERYWHERE. Like, SO MANY TYPES that I have not seen ANYWHERE ELSE! I love this place!! (I hardly have any photos considering all the awesome things I saw.) See the alligator? That one is a baby but I saw a huuuge one too. Twig caterpillar: Can't wait...
I had never been to Tosohatchee State Reserve before, so yesterday my friend Marissa and I checked it out. This place is on 28000 acres. It is VAST. We did a trail at parking spot "29"... yes, there are at least 28 more parking spots...meaning... 28 more trails!! My goodness! I really can't wait to explore more. We saw a few armadillo, and a lot of birds, including a Bald Eagle.