Brooker Creek Headwaters Preserve – after the rains

Sept 2012

We picked an overcast day just after sunrise to go see how wet the trails were at Brooker Creek Headwaters Preserve this September morning. We have been having a lot of rain since TS Debby came through and cabin fever was getting to us all. So I grabbed two of my volunteers and we went for a muddy  slosh through the preserve.

The day started by running into 2 ladies with 4 dogs most very large all off leash (which is not permitted as it is dangerous for the dogs as well as the local wildlife).

Not far past them we spotted a pygmy rattlesnake on the trail (the dogs were lucky not to have been bitten)!

There were many frogs out and lots of flowers blooming! It was nice to see the pitcher plants showing fall colors. we saw flowers in pink, purple, white, and yellow. Even the Pink Sundew were showing their beautiful pinks and greens. The grasses were high on the back trails where the mowers could not get to for all the water. When they say trails are seasonally wet here, they are correct! There was a lot of animal sign and scat to be seen, as I am sure many day hikers avoided these trails when they were so wet.

We found a buzzard skeleton along the trail, blooming Pine Lily, and even took time to find a geocache. Monty enjoyed watching his gps continue to reroute us 🙂 The birds were plentiful and the spiders seemed to be all along the trail. Perfect time for them. There were some mosquito but they did not bother us unless we stopped for more than a minute or two. Monty wanted to get a group pic so here we are about 1/2 way through the hike.

Ellie, Monty and Jeanene

On our way out we kept having a helicopter flying low over us – probably trying to figure out if we were lost , crazy or drug dealers…. after about 6 times they decided to leave us alone (we did contemplate “mooning” them at one point). It was great to get back to the parking lot and get into dry shoes! When the water is deeper than your waterproof boots they do you no good. Below is a photo of the trails there, our trip consisted of the dotted lines. If you wish to see additional photos from out hike please visit:

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About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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2 Responses to Brooker Creek Headwaters Preserve – after the rains

  1. Good post and a cool trail, although I’m not sure I’d be heading out to see how wet the trails are – that’s dedication!

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