I recently visited Withlacoochee Park in Dade City, Florida on March 4th, 2015. It was hot, humid, and covered in flies, but other than that it was pretty cool.
There are several large parking lots, picnic shelters, two playgrounds (one for younger children plus a swingset, and the other for older children), and a canoe launch. The good playground has plastic drums and metal “bowls” built into it, just in case your children aren’t loud enough already. Much of the structure has hornets growing on it, just in case your children like to pet animals. Also, the highest point of the structure, from which two covered slides attach (very slippery and fun, I might add), can only be accessed by a short ladder through a tight hole in the floor – I assume to keep fat kids and grown-ups out, because nobody wants either of them around.
There are long trails looping around the park, but the flies wore me out before I could explore them all. I did climb the observation tower and traverse one swamp boardwalk while I was there though. I saw several interesting things. I saw some very red Christmas lichen, which is usually pink around here. I saw a rather large owl at a close distance that stared at me long enough for me to wave, but not long enough for me to take its picture or get an autograph. I also saw a tiny tan skink, a very large burrowing turtle, and a tiny grey&black toad. It took a picture of a cluster of two species of lichen on the forest floor that I meant to be the cover picture for this report. It was the best picture I took, but it somehow must have fallen out of my phone because it didn’t make it home. Below are some other pictures I took.
I also found a leaf that looked as if it had been bitten by a cookie-cutter shark – which is very unlikely this far inland. I meant to take a picture of it before I left, but I forgot it in my pocket. The flies prevented me from taking its picture where I found it – or doing anything at all other thrashing like I was having a seizure anywhere except in the parking lots. Anyways, here it is at home:
Hello, my name is Dan. I am an author, artist, explorer, and contemplator of subjects large and small. I like bacon. I like pizza. I like bacon pizza. I enjoy long walks on the beach, but prefer the mountains. I am a huge fan of Jesus. When I grow up, I want to be just like him and create my own universes.