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Myakka River State Park

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

After 3 attempts, we finally made it to this state park. DH ended up in the hospital in Ft. Meyers almost 3 years ago when we tried to go there. Then a year later, it rained and rained when we returned to Ft. Meyers to see what we missed the last time. Then last September, when we went to Siesta Key to celebrate DH's 75th birthday, the rain had flooded the park and it was closed!! So, after all of this, we called first to make sure the park was open for business!!!
We could not have picked a better day-weather was perfect. We left home at 6 am and got there at 9:30. That allowed us to book the first boat trip and the 1st tram ride after that.
Here are some pics of the boat and tram rides.

Airboat we rode on

Tram

Deer we saw on the tram ride

View thru the wooded part as seen from the tram

One of the gators we saw from the boat and there were a lot of them.

After we left the two rides and ate a bite at their café, we proceed to the
trail that took us to the treetop pathway and tower. The pathway runs
100 feet between the trees-only 4 people at a time are allowed to cross
it and let me tell us it sways. Quite an eerie feeling.

DH & I on the walkway

The tower goes up 76 feet and is a lot of stairs so DH opted to not do that climb.
This is a shot of the stairwell-I am well above DH and Vickie and Sonny.

Selfie I took at the top of the tower

Looking down at DH from up high in the tower

This shows the exact height of the tower-let me tell you that is a lot of steps!

Vickie got a little queasy up so high and had to sit down and of course
we had to take a picture of her looking queasy!

As we were leaving the park, we crossed this bridge over the river that runs from the lake
and saw these 2 big gators sunning themselves
It was a long day for us but well worth it. We got back home at 6 PM, If anyone is
ever down south near Sarasota, FL this is a state park that is worth the visit. It is
real nature, not something man made!
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