Walking on the Wild Side
Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
94Trip End May 04, 2013
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The quiet is what impressed me the most. We heard a few birds, but, as usual, the sound of a woodpecker nearby was impressive. We haven't heard or seen any for quite some time. Later on I was able to get a couple of decent shots of the red-headed wonder.
But the most exciting sighting was yet to come. We heard some "thrashing" in the palmettos and looked to find several small, dark animals scurrying off of the trail
I got two shots of her on the trail before she disappeared into the underbrush. What fun! The notorious aroma for the animals wasn't present, but the view, albeit a quick one, was a treat.
As we neared the end of the trail at the Salt Marsh, we heard some very noisy humans approaching us. I guess everyone has their own hiking technique. We prefer the quiet side. These folks and their patient dog, approached us as we looked out over the marsh and quietly took in the beauty of the area. They didn't stay long, however, and took off back down the trail to share their sounds with the retreating wildlife.
The javelina isn't native to Florida, I've learned. There are a lot of wild hogs here, imported originally from Europe eons ago. The javelina, as you know by now, is a peccary. It resembles the hog, but looks much sleeker and "dignified." They can be dangerous when cornered or such, but are usually shy and retreating.
The remainder of the hike passed quietly. We did about three miles in the morning and later in the day hiked another two miles or so. Signs of a recent wildfire are near the ranger station as well as some attempts to control the large number of palmettos. It had a very un-natural look to it and smacked of farming techniques.
We spent the rest of the afternoon reading in the warmth of the Florida sun.
For dinner, Lynn marinated some pork loin chops in a new marinate. These I barbecued and were served with garlic mashed potatoes and a green salad.
We'll move again today to Rodman Campground, still in the vicinity of St. Augustine. We hope to get into and explore the city soon. It's the first successful colony in the US and holds lots to see.