Florida Day One: Everglades Royal Palm Gumbo-Limbo Trail Hike
After exploring the Anhinga Trail at the Royal Palm Visitor Center in the Florida Everglades I decided to take a walk on the Gumbo-Limbo Trail.
The trail is named after the unique reddish-brown Gumbo-limbo trees that grow here in the Royal Palm sub-tropical hammock. They are one of my favorite Florida trees. There reddish color contrasts with the deep green of the other trees in the forest.
In addition to the ferns I also saw so many unusual tropical plants and trees. And, with the help of my plant identification app, I could now identify the more interesting ones. This large one is the leaf of papaya tree.
There was also many of these pretty zebra longwing butterflies fluttering along the trail.
There is an old road right of way that intersects the gumbo-limbo trails and I followed it out to this pretty lake. The sign said access to the lake itself is limited to park staff. On this trail I found more of the same trees, plants and ferns I found on the trail near the Royal Palm hammock.
I returned to the visitor center and drove back to my hotel. It was now almost 5:30 p.m. My room was now ready. I settled in and drove to the Farm Market restaurant in Florida city for a nice southern dinner of fried catfish, okra and lumpy mashed potatoes, my favorite. It was a long day of travel, I was up at 3;30 am so i was soon asleep in my room, looking forward to exploring the beautiful Everglades in the morning. Here is a link to a gallery with more photographs from my hike. Florida Day One Everglades Royal Palm Gumbo-limbo hike. March 10 2020.
“I find my soul in forests…”