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”)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.