The real Florida: Myakka River State Park

We have arrived at our final destination for this vastly varied trip, Myakka River State Park, one of Florida's oldest state parks, on 147 square kilometres, about 40 minutes from Sarasota.

Our cabin at Myakka River State Park plus MalloryWe have arrived at our final destination for this vastly varied trip, Myakka River State Park, one of Florida’s oldest state parks, on 147 square kilometres, about 40 minutes from Sarasota.

It is an amazing place. The trees – palms and oak and a bazillion others I’ve never seen before – covered in Spanish Moss, the wildlife and of course, the alligators.

We’re staying in a cabin, built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal era effort to put people to work and conserve wildlands in the state.

The cabin is rustic – built from palm tree logs and tar – but it does have power, running hot and cold water, a shower and a stove.

I’m really looking forward to exploring this place. We went for a brief walk this evening and spotted a few alligators, lurking in the water near a bridge over the river.

We also walked a bit into the woods down one of many trails and – contrary to what you’d expect – found barely any mosquitos. Yes, the odd one, and as we went deeper they became more noticeable, but compared to July in Temagami, they were non-existent.

Oh this is going to be fun. Hope the pictures do the place justice.

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