The Enchanted Forest

March 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Living in the land of Disney, I make a special point to take Liam to explore the more natural side of Florida. Today it was a picnic lunch and nature hike at the Enchanted Forest in Titusville. Taking a three-year-old on four miles of trails sounds ambitious, but thankfully my rickety jogging stroller managed the rugged spots just fine. I had to put a little muscle on a sandy hill and tip him back on a steep, stair-steppy decline, but that was the worst of it. Liam enjoyed the ride, but started to whine when I’d stop to snap pictures. Liam managed to scare away everything but the spiders. We picked a good time of year for our hike – no mosquitoes to speak of, and the 70-degree temperature was just right. The trail was an interesting mix of sandy hills and plateaus, pine needle-littered and root-strewn gullies, and swampy bog covered with wooden boardwalk. I’m used to hiking in Missouri, so this southern vegetation seemed downright primordial to me. I halfway expected to see a dinosaur flit across our path. All the Spanish moss and lush ferns, palm trees and snaking vines; I couldn’t keep my eyes off them! Liam kept asking to see butterflies, which of course I’d talked up on the way there, and they were a no-show. We’ll have to come back when the season is right for them. We probably only hiked half of the trails, so there will be plenty of new stuff to see on our next trip. And who knows, maybe Liam will actually want to get out of the stroller next time. Sigh…he’s such his father’s son. Doesn’t want to get too much “outside” on him.

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  1. Not quite like the North Fork River in the Ozarks is it? Evie wants to go fishing this summer. Maybe Liam needs a fishing pole to get him out of the stroller.


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