The Myakka Jaunt

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The Myakka jaunt, the South Lido Beach excursion, was a pleasant once-in-a-while outdoor pursuit. Spanning 37,000 acres, we’ve only explored a pixel of it. The weather was pleasant, but would’ve been better if it had the chill of winter.

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It was interesting walking through the geography of the region. Despite lacking any culminating moments of sheer excitement of a distant or close-up observation of any rare or bizarre or never-before-seen flora or fauna or any phenomenon of any sort, the walk was a serene exploration of the vast sylvan kingdom. The landscapes were beautiful, flat as a pancake but varied still. Some parts of the forest around the trail looked a little too clean and uncluttered, as if it were a segment of an ecology diorama project, I’m not sure if it was the work of man or not. Aside from that, I did not see a lot of wildlife, save for the indifferent alligators on the bank and in the water, some birds, and a very far far away deer.

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The canopy part of the trip does remind me of my very first visit to the Myakka River State Park. It was 1-2 years ago when I visited the park for a cinematography project (exploring symmetry of composition). The canopy walk structure hasn’t changed much, which illuminates the swift passage of time, or the illusion of it at the least. Twice I ascended the canopy structure, and twice I savored the view from the top of it. It was a cool spot of respite thrusted above the warm shrouded canopies, affording a 360 panorama of Myakka River State Park’s unending sea of verdure and the unending ether above. Boy, imagine the view of the cloudless, moonless night sky from up there.

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Overall, the trip was enjoyable, apart from the aged 90’s wildlife exhibition room, which really needs a modern update.

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2 thoughts on “The Myakka Jaunt

  1. I did not know Myakka was 37k acres big…that really shocks me haha. It is a shame about the weather, it was just hot and humid and also it was a shame that not much of the wildlife was evident.

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