I’m glad our class had the opportunity to walk through the beautiful landscape of Myakka State Park, even if it was just a small section of it. The trees and greenery were all incredible, and I definitely plan on going back to the park to go sketching sometime.
We only covered a small chunk of the park, but even in the short amount of time we had, we saw some really awesome things. I had never seen an alligator outside of a zoo before, so it was really cool to see three of them lounging around and drifting through the water that afternoon. I also spotted a few deer and big gathering of vultures, and I was keeping an eye out for an armadillo, but never bumped into one, unfortunately.
The best part of the trip was definitely the canopy bridge and tower – even the walk up was really beautiful, and it was interesting to sort of climb through the levels of the forest that way. The top of the tower had an incredible view, and I kept thinking about how cool it would be to zipline over the canopy from that high up. Seeing the landscape from the top of the tower is the kind of thing you can’t experience from a photograph – even the air felt different from way up there. It was so much fun to be able to climb up there and see the forest from an entirely different angle.
I’m glad that there are parks like Myakka that simultaneously help protect wildlife while also allowing people the opportunity to explore what these environments are like. It’s a nice way to stay in touch with the ecosystem and the plants and animals that make up Florida’s environment without putting these creatures in danger. Also, it’s just nice to escape from the hustle and bustle of the more industrial parts of the world and take in the fresh air and pretty scenery. As long as you wear plenty of mosquito repellant.