As I follow along with many of other blogging friends, I find myself feeling like a bump on the log. Nearly everyone else is busy hiking. biking, traveling and seeing places new to them. Nearly everyone…..except Bob and me ! Our life has gotten as slow as Molasses in January. I am not even going to apologize for that because in my opinion it has been long, long, long overdue.
Last week, however, Sherri and I left our men on their own and headed out to explore the Bear Swamp Trail. It is a wonderful mile and a half loop through the scrub forest filled with majestic oak trees draped in Spanish Moss.
The forest is also home to ancient Dogwood, Hickory and Magnolia trees overhead. It is wonderful to see how it has matured with protection of the US Forest Service.
As we meandered along the path we were surprised to find a wonderful boardwalk winding through the swamp filled with Palms, Cypress and the many tall slender pines. Oh the peacefulness !!.
At a few points we wondered if we may get lost due to the dense shade as it was difficult seeing the sun. Thoughts kept running through our minds the possibility of meeting face to face with one of those humongous Burmese Pythons which are taking over Florida. Now that would have put a bounce back in our step again.
The gall attached to the Cypress tree was nearly 35 feet off the forest floor and I can only imagine how tall this massive tree must have been at one time before the crown had broken off.
The one thing that I do find odd here is the strange absence of birds. We figured for sure we would find more of a presence of fine feathered friends.
We need to return to watch Spring unfold before our eyes and to give hope to our family and friends that, in fact, relief from winter’s grasp is on it’s way.