Today it stopped raining and became springlike. So we headed out to Brooker Creek Preserve . This is an 8,500-acre wilderness area in northern Pinellas County, with several miles of hiking trails and a wonderful education center, classrooms, and auditorium. The center is very kid friendly, but has exhibits for everyone (it is a popular birding spot). And a good gift shop with amusing squirrel-proof bird feeders.
On a short hike we saw a hawk, a catbird, an egret, a (an?) anhinga, cardinals, warblers, tadpoles, spiders, ants, ant lions, deer tracks, a vulture (in the distance), colorful mushrooms, and a turtle.
(Then we had dinner at Outback Steakhouse, which has its own Florida connection -- headquarters in Tampa, where the first Outback restaurant opened in 1988. You can still visit the original on Henderson Blvd. in South Tampa.)