Been to the beach enough, so when I saw that one of the largest state parks in Florida was right next door, I figured we should check it out. We drove over to Myakka River State Park. There were 39 miles of trails there but I wasn’t planning on running any of it. I was sufficiently freaked out running through a nature preserve the other day. That place was alive in the bushes yet you ever saw anything. You just heard it. Anyway, this curious sign let’s you know what’s in these waters.
Molest? Maybe pet but I am definitely not trying to violate a gator. We drove up over a bridge that crosses the river and people were hanging off the sides of the bridge looking into the water. So we parked and walked over. Yep, the natives were in the water.
Not super impressive but definitely cool. Not sure if you would want to see them in great numbers or what. Just about 4 hanging out here. Each had an area of territory they were covering so not sure you would see a group anyway. Some kids were catching fish and throwing them back in and the gators would go for them and then leave them. That was the biggest action of the day until one gator tried to come into another gators space and got chased out. No fences or anything. You could have went down into the water and tried out your wrestling skills pretty easily.
Quick video of a gator chase.
We went into the middle of the park which is at the lake. Pretty large lake. They have a boat you can ride to go out and see some nature. Looked very African to me at this lake. Birds everywhere in the trees and overhead. We took a short path along the water and ended up out on this concrete dam looking thing called a weir. You could walk on it and look down the river. Oh, there a gator 30 feet out. Keep my eye on him and the kids. Then I started noticing more bumps in the water then on shore. Probably a dozen gators within 100 yards. A pack of maybe 6 laying on the shore.
Trying to zoom in on the pack but the setting sun made them hard to see. No action though.
Nice visit to the park before we head northeast to see Florida’s true animal mascot – a mouse!