Wednesday, 25 February 2015


One of our warm weather go-tos is hiking with the children.  Since we were on vacation in Florida last week we decided that it was a great chance to stretch their billy goat legs.  After all, if Major League Baseball players were called for spring training last week, why shouldn't we?

Here are some photos, thoughts and memories I wanted to share from our hike in Myakka River State Park, in Sarasota Florida. I hope you enjoy the pics and can use some of the ideas to inspire and explore in your own city or Myakka River State Park if you ever find yourself in Sarasota.

We chose a fairly short, easy, looped trail that featured a tree-top canopy walkway that overlooks the park.  The hike total is only 1.28KMS (or .80 of a mile for the non-metric folks).  The cost to get into the park was $6 US per carload and well worth it.

hiking in Myakka River State Park
Miss Molly enjoys hiking the path.

hiking in Myakka River State Park, lookout view Myakka River State Park
When we finally made it to the top of the look-out, Jack got really angry because he wanted to do the Hot Dog Dance from Mickey Mouse Club House (an ongoing theme in his toddler hood) and lay down on the wooded platform.  Other hikers giggled as Chris commented that no one was stopping him from dancing and this may in fact be the most random tantrum that the boy has ever pitched.  Jackie was strapped into the hiking carrier moments later.

hiking in Myakka River State Park
 The way down from the lookout.

hiking in Myakka River State Park, Canopy bridge Myakka River State Park
Jack and Grandpa on the canopy bridge.

hiking in Myakka River State Park
Molly by the pond where there were gators.  No gators were enticed while we were at the park (to my knowledge).

The park also has a picnic area, gift shop and food available for purchase.  My suggestion is to pack your own lunch as the food is at a premium price.  The park also has boat tours for those who are interested.  After Jack's "performance" on the bus at African Lion Safari last summer we thought we'd skip it.

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