Geo-Caching at Potts Preserve
I had wanted to get out to Inverness and visit Potts Preserve for quite a while. With the pleasant change in temperatures I figured it was about time to go! My good friend Sheryl came along and after signing the trail log we were on our way to the first waypoint.
Walking from the parking area at Hooty Point were surprised by a very young deer grazing on the side of the path, I knew it would be a good day after that! As we came up on the main camping area there were a flock of turkeys at the far end of the field. The morning sun was magical and glistened on the current of the Withlacoochee River. Once on the trail we follow the GPS to the first cache. I love “treasure hunting” in the forest. You see so much more than when you are just walking on the trail. Most of the caches are not far from the trail (in some places they are well hidden right in the center of it!). Oh the fun little things we found! Key chains and marbles, little Shrek dolls and toy cars – it was so much fun. On some of the Caches we traded out items. On others we just signed and date the log. Some to the caches were very difficult to find, mostly ammo cans easily concealed under palm leaves, logs and other foliage.
We found a very handsome Black Racer on the trail (He also greeted us on our way back to the car – but was camera shy). We also spotted hawks, vultures and more than a couple Banana Spiders! The giant oaks on this preserve are really a sight to behold; they look as old as the Earth itself. These masters of the forest towered above us providing us an amazing shaded canopy. All along the river were the tallest Cypress Knees I had seen some over 3 ft tall. I would hate to have to get out of the river along that stretch and have to muck through all that to get to shore! The trails at this location were all well maintained and well marked. The whole day we never seen another person, but that could have been due to our mid-week visit. It is truly fall wildflower season and the forest was full of beautiful and colorful surprises, there were many mushrooms to check out as well. It seemed as if everything in nature was breathing a sigh of relief with the ebbing of the summer heat.
The day seemed to fly by and we had to get back to Tampa, but before leaving we had one other surprise. A small snake decided to use the shade of the “adventure mobile” for a nap. This little one did not want to come out and it took much coaxing from Sheryl to get him to move along. The day was well spent, we enjoyed the forest, saw many critters and found all the caches we were looking for!
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