Florida Day Two: A Hike On The Coastal Prairie Trail
On my second day in the Everglades, after watching the osprey family at the Flamingo marina, I decided to hike on the nearby Coastal Prairie Trail. First I stopped and visited, for the first time, the Eco pond. Located adjacent to the campgrounds, I had heard there is an abundance of wild life at this small pond. It is noted for the roseate spoonbills that often wade here in the shallow waters of the pond.
However it was already mid morning when I arrived and the much of the wildlife had already left, seeking shelter from the hot Florida sun. The only bird wading on the small pond were a flock of black-necked stilts.
As I continued my hike around the small pond I saw the crow with a snail in its bill. There were a few larger crows in the trees around the pond but this was the extent of the wildlife I saw at the pond.
I returned to my Jeep and drove through the active campground At the end of the road there is an old abandoned campground. I remember exploring it on my last visit and wondering about the folks who camped here and the good times they had. Here is a link to my blog post from that visit for some more thoughts on the campground. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/florida-day-twothe-everglades-a-ride-south-to-flamingo-visitor-center/
I finished my 6 mile hike and began my 38 mile drive back to Florida City. Here is a link to a gallery with more photographs from my hike on the Coastal Prairie Trail. Florida Day Two. Coastal Prairie Trail Hike March 11 2020
I made one stop along the way, at the Mahogany Hammock Trail. I had heard there was an owl nesting here. I had walked this trail before and had seen a few migratory birds on my last visit. This time I saw none, not even an owl.
I continued my drive to the hotel and stopped for a nice lunch of conch chowder and a grouper sandwich at the Gator Grill. A perfect way to end a day in the Florida Everglades. Here is a link to a gallery with photographs from Eco Pond and Mahogany Hammock. Florida Day Two Eco Pond and Mahogany Hammock March 11 2020
“National parks and reserves are an integral aspect of intelligent use of natural resources. It is the course of wisdom to set aside an ample portion of our natural resources as national parks and reserves, thus ensuring that future generations may know the majesty of the earth as we know it today.”– John F. Kennedy