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A Lush and Rocky Little Trail

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. β€”Ralph Waldo Emerson

We recently visited Grassy Waters Preserve and the short Eagle Trail, a narrow trail of sand and exposed limestone outcroppings that loops around Gator Lake, and meanders through wet prairie and cypress. It’s truly a lovely little hike, and reminiscent of some areas of Big Cypress Preserve (adjacent to Everglades National Park). Afterwards, we enjoyed a picnic in the shade, before hitting a longer trail….

Lush Trailhead of the Eagle Trail

The Mini-Mini has taken a beating on our ventures…

Slash pines and palm along the trail

Abundant berries…

Rocky limestone outcroppings

Everglades vista

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  1. Beautiful, including the cute little Beemer.

    July 20, 2012
    • Thanks so much!

      Ah, the Mini-Cooper! A true roadster, and that little baby has been put to the test, believe me… πŸ™‚

      July 20, 2012
  2. Looks to be a tranquil, lovely place to wander!

    July 20, 2012
    • It truly is… On a HOT day (which this is, of course β€” South Florida in the summer!), it’s perfect. Just beautiful!

      July 20, 2012
  3. It’s a mini adventure!

    July 20, 2012
    • TOTALLY! I would re-visit, despite its length β€” it’s perfectly sublime. πŸ™‚

      July 20, 2012
  4. Thank you for visiting my blog…you have a very nice site! I’d love to take a little walk down that path with my camera gear!

    EC
    http://www.macrocritters.wordpress.com

    July 20, 2012
    • Thanks so much, and ditto!! I caught a few lovelies along the trail (although I didn’t have my macro, drats!) β€” dragonflies especially β€” which will be appearing soon. πŸ™‚

      July 20, 2012
  5. J. #

    Oh, what a lovely trail! Now I’m really looking forward to our camping trip next week in the Upper Peninsula — and especially looking forward to the quiet. πŸ™‚

    July 20, 2012
    • You’re so lucky!! I’ve never been to the UP, but had a friend who was raised there…. And her stories! Wow. I’ve seen images, and such beauty!! HAVE FUN! Take pictures! πŸ™‚

      July 20, 2012
      • J. #

        Oh yes, you know I will!

        July 20, 2012
  6. That lush vegetation makes it look friendly and inviting.

    July 20, 2012
    • This particular trail REALLY was very inviting and relatively innocent (we only saw one gator and nest) β€” a secret, quiet little pathway far in the northern section of the Everglades. And in our South FLA summers, we appreciate this canopy of vegetation. Truly beautiful; I just wish it were longer! Thank goodness there are more… πŸ™‚

      July 22, 2012
  7. Your blog makes me excited to return to Miami. There is so much more of that state I have yet to explore and I will finally have a bit of time to do it!

    July 20, 2012
    • That’s wonderful!! There really IS so much to this state, so much more than people realize… I know people who’ve lived here their entire lives, and haven’t known of hundreds of acres of natural area in their own neighborhoods. Florida has more than 2000 state parks and natural areas β€” including the ONLY Everglades, of course. πŸ™‚ There really is so very much. I just hope we can continue to preserve Natural Florida in all its beauty.

      July 22, 2012
  8. marialla #

    Such a beautiful looking place. I love especially how you shat the pictures into an inviting pathway leading to somewhere only the one who follows the pathway will find. Thank you.

    July 21, 2012
    • I’m so glad that was conveyed… Thanks!! This particular trail REALLY was very much like that β€” a secret, quiet little pathway far in the northern section of the Everglades. Truly beautiful; I just wish this particular trail were longer! Thank goodness there are more… πŸ™‚

      July 22, 2012
      • marialla #

        Maybe in the shortness , you will discover the longness!!!

        July 22, 2012
      • β™₯✿β™₯!

        July 22, 2012
  9. narhvalur #

    Thanks for showing us the vegetation! Very interesting!

    July 21, 2012
    • I’m so glad you enjoyed β€” that’s one thing about this area, it IS lush once you get out of the concrete jungle… πŸ™‚

      July 22, 2012
  10. Love the quote… and the trail looks inviting!!!

    July 21, 2012
    • I love that quote, too β€” have a feeling it will be re-appearing at some point, heh! This was a wonderfully inviting trail… Only wish it were longer!

      July 22, 2012
  11. I like it. I’ve never met a trail that didn’t invite exploration.

    July 21, 2012
    • That’s a great way of saying it… And was most definitely the case, here! We only wish it were longer β€” we appreciate canopy in the South FLA summers!

      July 22, 2012
      • I might add, I am always pulled along to see what is around the next corner or over the next hill. Admittedly, hills are few and far between in Florida. (grin)

        July 22, 2012
      • Absolutely!! Central and North FLA is quite hilly, alas… We’re in the Everglades! Below sea level! Which is why my guy (who adores the mountains) is hankering for a move… πŸ™‚

        July 22, 2012
  12. Beautiful – Enjoy Your Weekend:)

    July 21, 2012
    • Thanks so much! You too, hope you’re enjoying your weekend! We’re going to try to brave the heat and hit another trail…. πŸ™‚

      July 22, 2012
  13. You take such amazing photos. Might I ask what camera you use, my wife will want to know πŸ™‚

    September 8, 2012
    • Thanks so much! In the last few months I switched from a Canon Rebel to a Canon 7D… But these were taken with the 7D. πŸ™‚

      September 8, 2012

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