Today’s activity was exploring the boardwalk at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. You can read all about the park here. Someday we’ll go back and do some of the other trails, but this short one was a beautiful walk on a gorgeous day. It was nice to get out in the wild, without having to get our feet wet.
We learned what a strand swamp is – a water-filled linear channel in which trees grow, a unique geological feature of southwest Florida – and read about different trees, ferns, plants and animals.
The cypress trees in this particular area have never been logged (as they have in other parts of the state) so they were quite large, maybe not redwood or sequoia large, but still majestically impressive.
There were some incredible examples of what strangler figs can do to other trees.
It was interesting to see royal palm trees in the wild; they look quite different when they’re not all uniform in size and lining a subdivision entrance.
The boardwalk ended at a small lake which provided a peaceful, serene spot to rest and enjoy nature.
Back at the parking area, which was next to a closed gift shop, we found several clumps of tropical plants – the same kind found near Wyatt’s temporary apartment. He thinks they’re pretty cool; so do I.
I had to research them just a bit. These plants are called Ravenala madagascariensis, otherwise known as Travelers Palm, although they really aren’t a palm. Isn’t it fun to learn new things?