Sunday, January 07, 2007

Brooker Creek Preserve

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.)


  1. Lucy,
    Booker Creek is also one of my favorite places.....The Duchess and I often drive there from our T & C home and walk the trails. I posted recently a series of pics I took there in early October of 06....Take a look!

  2. We looked and looked for an alligator, but all we found were several spots that we would have found tempting had we been alligators ourselves. It is a nice place for a walk -- well-kept trails, and easy to pick the distance you want.


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