It’s Not Colorado For Sure

It’s not Colorado for sure, hiking in Florida is a whole different experience as this family found out visiting in April  this year. The humidity really was the first thing noticed, next was the wide open spaces. We chose to hike Brooker Creek Headwaters Preserve, a place that is special to the staff at Not a Clue Adventures as it is the last largest track of pristine property in Hillsborough County (our “back yard”)

Brooker Creek Headwaters Hike 4-13

We wanted to show our guests a piece of the real Florida, we took them out to show them a mix of pine flatwoods, oak hammocks, swamps and pine prairies. It has been dry so we walked along trails that in the summer are usually under water. We pointed out many plants and birds they had never seen before and they even got to see two of our carnivorous plants the Pink Sundew and the Hooded Pitcher Plant.

Pink Sundew

Pink Sundew

We pointed out many animal tracks and even a coyote den. One of our guides Ellie Willingham (from www.WillinghamsTaxidermy.com ) pointed out different scat of bobcats and coyotes, and the skeleton of a turkey vulture. We even got in some Geocaching!

Coyote Scat

It was nice talking to someone from an area so different than ours knowing that we each had a passion for our local areas and trying to keep them as natural as possible. Our battle are small, to save the places we can, and if we all learn to respect just one special place and do all we can to keep it as it is, we will save more than we know.

Coyote Den

Coyote Den

Too soon our hike was over and we bid farewell to the spring flowers and butterflies and headed back to civilization. Soon our guests would be flying back to the mountains with a memory of Real Florida to take along.

 Blooming Pitcher Plant

Blooming Pitcher Plant

Florida is not all amusement parks and beaches, come see some of our beautiful places! Our springs,sinks, flat lands and sand hills are unique and special places. Learn a little about our birds and flowers and wild creatures. It will be an experience not soon forgotten.

Florida Forest

A different kind of forest

If you are interested in taking an Eco-tour , Day Hike or overnight excursion with Not a Clue Adventure please visit our website at: http://www.notaclueadventures.com/

Note: if you are traveling to Florida or are planning a trip, please remember our outings book out 6-12 weeks in advance for weekends, so reserve early.

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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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