In October Not a Clue Adventures partnered with Living Social to offer a “Deal” This being our first time doing advertising in the was I was surprised at our final sale total of over 133 hikes in 24 hours! One of the places I have been taking some or our deal purchasers is Little Manatee River State Park. For $2 per person you can hike the trails and not even have to enter the park. There are 2 loops the short one about 3 miles and in total the 2 together will be around 7 miles.
We started our hike about 2 pm, really it was more like a stroll. We talked about the different ecosystems and environments. There were many questions about the different plants and animal tracks. The biggest surprise for them though was the amount of damage the feral hogs had dome to the surrounding areas we we waled the trail. Florida has a very serious problem with feral hogs and they cannot be harvested from state parks. This is a shame as so many of our state park lands are suffering from the inability to control this invasive species.
As elevation changed we walked into areas that were more dry and populated, not with the previously seen oak, now more with pine and saw palmetto. We enjoyed the late afternoon sun shining down and the warmth it offered. We walked along boardwalks and crossed bridges all dappled by the suns rays. Three were few bugs due to the cold weather the previous night and that was a welcome relief
This trail was quite enjoyable as were our inquisitive guests. It is such a blessing to be able to share my knowledge of these wonderful spaces with those that truly have an interest in enjoying and preserving them. We were finished with our hike in just under 3 hours and everyone was ready for dinner. We said our goodbyes as if we were old friends and I can only hope I have sparked enough of an interest to have them join us on another excursion!
For more photos from our hike: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150581386701982.479047.123289366981&type=3
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For more information on Little Manatee River State Park visit their website at: http://www.floridastateparks.org/littlemanateeriver/