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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Florida Road Trip Day 15 - Corkscrew Sanctuary

We got up early and left Sanibel Island this morning. It was a wonderful sleepy town and a perfect way to start our vacation but it was time to move on to new sights. We drove three hours south to Corkscrew Sanctuary, a bird and wildlife preserve that my mother said we could not miss.

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We were a little hesitant to take the walk, it was HOT and the mosquitoes were out in force. Although the ranger said the mosquitoes were hit or miss on a day to day basis we weren’t really sure if we wanted to take the chance. My Little Cricket was too young to wear any type of bug spray but then the ranger brought out a mosquito net we could borrow. SCORE.

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Thankfully the mosquitoes ended up not being out at all. I didn’t see one single one the entire day which was just PERFECT. We stayed out for hours very slowly moseying along the sanctuaries 2.25 mile long boardwalk. This was the best view we were going to get of the real Florida. With Mr. Rogue and I both taking turns taking care of the baby and taking photos we didn’t move fast at all. It took us a little over 4 hours to walk the 2.25 miles.

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I spent most of my time trying to take photos of the birds, lizards and bugs on the trail while Mr. Rogue concentrated on the vegetation and landscaping. Whenever we are out he is also always looking to take photos for reference for work. Just our luck he needed reference of a swamp, so LOTS of photos were taken by both of us. The most awesome find of the day was a Pileated Woodpecker, a massive 14 inch woodpecker with a bold red cap. SO COOL.

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I loved this walk around every bend there were more new discoveries and the closer I looked the more I saw. Some of the things we found ourselves and some the various rangers peppered throughout the walkway pointed out to us. I would have never found the itty bitty little tree frog. The rest of the lizards were much easier to spot, especially the giant alligators that were everywhere. There is no missing them!

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My Little Cricket was such a trooper. It was hot hot hotter than hot. Both Mr. Rogue and I tried to keep him cool and comfortable, even tossing a bit of water over his head to cool him down at one point. But he did great and we pointed out so many cool things to him. I cant wait until he is a little older and can really enjoy the discoveries.

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By the time we were done we were tired and ready for the air conditioning. While Mr. Rogue drove I found a hotel on the way to our destination for tomorrow. We arrived just in time to catch the sunset. We ordered room service, played with the baby, all got cleaned up and then we all went to bed at 7:30. It was a long day and tomorrow would be another long one.

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