Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

In honor of all of the great (and not as great) presidents, my school is closed for the week.  This allows me to travel to visit my parents (and now aunt & cousin) in Florida.  My favorite place to visit is the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve.  Last year we saw a whole bunch of alligators, birds, snakes, and turtles.  Since it's free to enter (just have to pay metered parking)  I was eager to go again.

It was quite busy with many other snowbirds in town, but not so crowded that we were forced in a single file line along the wooden boardwalk.

Dad & cousin walking along the path

The wooden nub there is the cypress' knee.  It's a result of the root system providing support to the cypress trees, but will never develop into it's own tree.

"falling in love with the earth is one of life's great adventures"- steve van matr


Unfortunately there were no alligators today, but we did run into some wild pigs, river otters, squirrels, birds, turtles & lizards.

This park remains to be my favorite in the Fort Myers area. 


  1. OMG, I don't think I could be more jealous right now.

  2. You get an entire week off? That's awesome!

    What gorgeous photos. I would LOVE to be somewhere warm, even if it meant being close to so many alligators:)