You can take the GRITS out of Florida, but you can't take Florida out of the GRITS!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Why I hate tryng to plant trees in my yard!

Yesterday I wanted to get out of the house, but wasn't sure where I wanted to go. I thought about it for a while, then decided on a trip out to the Chekika area of the Everglades.

We made the drive out there only to find it's gates closed. I read later that they closed for the "wet season" which I find extremely funny since we have had no rain!

Anyway, we drove around the area for a while, just checking things out. The picture below shows what our ground is really like here in South Florida.

The gray lumps are rocks...oolitic limestone, I believe. That's why it is SO damn hard to dig holes down very, very hard.

Looking across the sawgrass, you don't see the rocks. It seems like it would be easy to trek across the prairie, but it's not.

Things are so dry out there right now. Gator holes have been reduced to little mud pits, and eventhough there is a small canal that runs along the road in front of Chekika, we only saw one small gator. I expected to see many more since that is the only water around. Maybe they were just hanging out on the bottom where it's cooler?

We did spot this guy and two Racers, but that was it. Nothing spectacular.
I had to throw in this picture. I've seen this truck a few times on my way to work and it always makes me laugh...

Hope your weekend was more exciting than mine!


misti said...

I've always wanted to go to Chekika! Chris said he went twice when he was down that way for work. He said it was boring. Nothing there really, just a boardwalk. I wish there was more access to ENP.

It is very dry right now. No wonder the fire is still burning.

As for the gators, I don't know where they go other than the really large canals. I'd hate to swim across Tamiami Canal!

SophieMae said...

The highlight of my weekend was checking out at Ace. I bought a chastetree that was marked $19.99 and the computer rang it up at $8.99. WooHoo! I thought Duller and I would have supper at TGI Friday on Friday, but there was some college event going on and every place in town was overflowing. So we grabbed a few things at Publix and ran through Sonic... whoop-dee-doo. (΅¿΅)