As it turns out, it is a felony in Florida to remove fossils or archaeological artifacts from where they are found. Not only is this something that would not even occur to most people, but seems completely out of proportion to the crime. When I was little, the rules of the playground were: “finders, keepers.” This is also problematic because some fossils look just like rocks to the untrained eye and shells don’t have to be fully turned to stone to be considered fossils. In Florida, we use crushed shells as pavement. How is one to know the difference? Generally, felons are not allowed to vote (ever), own a firearm (ever), and have difficulty finding work. Does this make sense to anybody?
The park has many trails, a butterfly garden, and an outdoor Seminole village exhibit. It has a miniature, outdoor, self-service library. In past visits, I have seen snakes, turtles, and very many birds.
Later I took a quick walk down one of the trails. The palmetto around rustles very loudly with the slightest movement. What I thought was a giant, prehistoric pig crashing through the undergrowth turned out to just be a squirrel. I stopped to look at a plant and a grasshopper jumped near my face with a loud pop and flapping of wings. I also saw an osprey in a tree and we stared at each other. Besides the interesting animal life, there are many dried palms on the edge of the park that can be whittled down to make excellent swords. Add some sound effects, and they become light sabers. My imaginary friend was so impressed with my skills that he refused to fight. Why won’t anyone play with me? :(
I passed several signs on the way: