A Nature Walk in Tropical Wauchula, Florida
Wauchula Nature Trail
A Walk on Thanksgiving Day
It was a typical November in South Florida; a little rainy and windy for a day or two, followed by four or five days of great tropical weather. Overall, you can count on winter weather in Florida being mild.
An After Dinner Walk
By around 1:00PM, we had finished eating our Thanksgiving meal, cleaned up the kitchen, slipped in a short nap, and were ready to take a walk on one of the wonderful nature trails, here at the campground.
This wasn't going to be a "hike"; but rather a nice slow trail walk through the local tropical shrubbery, strange plants, wildflowers and such. We spent several hours on that first walk, with my wife and I swapping the camera back and forth.
The Peace River
A View of the Peace River
The Peace River winds around two sides of the Thousand Trails campground, and provides a beautiful backdrop for a lot of great pictures.
It seems that the Peace River is also a great source of fossils and is very popular for the great and free finds that seem to be everywhere in and along the river.
Supposedly, if you stick a shovel into a bank or sandbar and sift the residue, you will almost certainly find at least one shark's tooth, or a piece of bone, or other fossilized items.
Native Palm Trees Abound
Local Natural Growth
The Signs are there to Protect You
Of, course what is a nature trail without appropriate warnings about the hidden dangers that might be present? We are used to looking out for such signs when we travel to any area of the country.
These two signs, although common to Florida, aren't seen together like this very often.
A Local First Year Aligator
There were hundreds of butterflies fluttering all over the place. This specific one was the most abundant on that day, and is known as the White Peacock Butterfly.
What a beautiful and active entertainer!
Butterflies, Bees, and Wildflowers
Nature in action!
I caught this shot with both bees and butterflies feeding themselves on the wildflower blossoms.
A Wildflower and a LadyBug
It was just hanging there in the blazing sun.
Standing out from the surrounding vegetation, and begging for its picture to be taken.
While, right next to the wildflower, a ladybug was doing its best.
I show both pictures here, just for the color contrast.
The Peace River Looking Upstream
Nature Surrounds You
In Wauchula there are several nature trails and we took advantage of all of them multiple times.
Each time we walked these trails we saw different samplings of the native wildlife living in and on the local plants.
An Osprey, on the Hunt
We Stayed for Three Weeks at the Peace River Campground
We stayed there for the Thanksgiving holiday and for a total of three weeks before we moved on to our next adventure.
There isn't a lot to do in Wauchula itself, but we had a great time alternating between; swimming in the pool, looking for fossils in the river, and exploring the local area.
We have been back to this quiet campground in the middle of Florida several times and we will be back again. It is a great place to just relax, unwind, and enjoy the natural Florida.
Thousand Trails Campground on the Peace River
A Great Book on the Peace River
Great Hiking Shoes
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