Sunday, January 22, 2017

Highlands Hammock - near Sebring

Hammock is a term for a stand of trees that in south central Florida is composed principally of live oak and cabbage palm, that form an ecological island in a contrasting ecosystem. Hammocks grow on elevated areas, often less than a foot higher than surrounding wetlands. 



Looking up through a cabbage palm

 We arrived Thursday after a short ride from the Gulf coast. The state park is OK, but the road/bike loop, walks and (to a lesser extent) the exercise stops are fantastic. The bike trail is so shaded that it is cool even in the heat of the day, which was only about 80 degrees yesterday. Why George put in the picture of me standing on my toes, I don't know. It is really an "action shot" of me doing jumping jacks....

Diane riding on the Hammock loop  road


A fitness station
on the loop road
and jumping jacks!

After all that exercise, Diane  took a little nap in the afternoon observed by these two turkey vultures-(I was really reading The Undoing Project  by Michael Lewis):

"Do you think there's any movement down there?"

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