Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 7:57 pm

Cypress sloughCypress slough

The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is located in Fort Myers, Florida. I had to look up the definition of slough which is prounounced "slew" and found that it is "a place of deep mud or mire." That sounds like fun!  OK, let's go!

Into the slough we goInto the slough we go

The slough has over 2.5 miles of boardwalk.

Yellow Rat Snake - a very, very long snakeYellow Rat Snake - a very, very long snake

This is a Southern Florida Yellow Rat Snake. Totally freaked out by how long this snake was. You can see its tail down in the lower right corner of the picture. I hate snakes.

The sloughThe slough

Surreally beautiful.

Found an alligatorFound an alligator

We found just one alligator in the slough. One was enough :-)

Cypress kneesCypress knees

Cypress knees are protrusions from the roots of a cypress tree.  

Cypress kneeCypress knee

Slough turtleSlough turtle

If you look closely, you'll see a turtle just hanging out.

Red flower Red flower

Red bromeliads growing attached to the tree trunk.  

Yep, there are feral pigs living in the sloughYep, there are feral pigs living in the slough

We stood on the boardwalk for quite a while watching the feral pigs. Feral pigs are actually a big nuisance in the slough. National Geographic wrote about the problem back in 2006 stating that during flooding season in the slough, the feral pigs seek drier ground in nearby neighborhoods. Definitely not good news for nearby homeowners since the pigs can destroy a lawn by rooting resulting in potentially thousands of dollars of damage.

Busy birdsWhite Ibises

White Ibises wading in the shallow water. 

White Oak Sink Hike

Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014, 6:49 pm

White Oak Sink WaterfallWhite Oak Sink Waterfall

One of my son's favorite hikes in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is White Oak Sink. This is one of the lesser-known trails in the park and originates off the Schoolhouse Gap Trail on Laurel Creek Road in Townsend. The entire hike is relatively easy and short at approximately two miles.

The waterfall falls into a caveThe waterfall falls into a cave

White Oak Sink is especially beautiful in early spring when the ground is covered in blue phlox making is look like a fairyland. But even on this cold New Year's Day in the middle of winter with no wildflowers, the hike to the waterfall at the end of the trail is still rewarding and stays on our favorite list.

Lined trail in the basinLined trail in the basin

White Oak Sink WaterfallWhite Oak Sink Waterfall

Christmas Decorations

Posted: Saturday, December 7, 2013, 10:12 pm

Airstream Christmas Tree OrnamentAirstream Christmas Tree Ornament

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Loving our Pottery Barn Christmas tree ornament. Proudly hanging front and center on our tree.


Thelma at Rest

Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2013, 8:02 pm

Thelma at restThelma at rest

Today was sad day. Our Airstream is in safe, heated storage for the winter...or until we hear Florida calling our name.

She may look little and insignificant beside all these big, high dollar motor homes but she's still the sexiest looking RV in the house. :)

Waiting to be tucked into bedWaiting to be tucked into bed

Well, that didn't last long after all.

Leaving storage for the warmth of FloridaLeaving storage for the warmth of Florida

Peaceful evening on the water

Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2013, 7:29 pm

Peaceful evening relaxing on the water's edge.