The trailhead is just a short distance east
Here’s a closer view of our destination,
A little background about Deep Hole:
There’s a mysterious off-the-beaten-path area in Myakka River State Park where alligators like to congregate. Park Rangers and guides say that though their numbers fluctuate greatly, they have counted as many as 120 in one viewing. . The “Deep Hole” has been estimated at about 142 feet deep, but no one knows for sure the real depth. Apparently no one wants to go diving, with all those alligators around, to find out the true depth. Access to the “Deep Hole” is restricted to no more than 30 humans a day and it requires a special permit for boaters and hikers. . It’s within a 7,500 acre park area designated as a wilderness preserve.
Sherry and David’s site at Palmetto Ridge Campground.
From here we drove to the Park Office to get our permit.
Just as we completed our paperwork for the hike, I noticed a missed call on my cell phone. I looked up and saw Gin and Syl driving in the gate. What a surprise!! We talked them into going on the hike with us ;o))
As the temperature rose to 80 degrees,
However, David kept a very keen eye out for the wildlife
(Don’t forget, click on any photo to enlarge;o)))
We did find a shady spot just before we got to
Finally, the lake came in to view.
Sandhill Cranes taking off.
These Swamp Sparrows are very inquisitive and
White Pelicans in the distance.
White Pelicans overhead
Great Egrets in the middle of the lake.
Feral Pigs across the lake.
We found a shady spot for lunch.
Since it was just getting hotter,
we did not go any further in search of the Deep Hole.
Instead, we headed back towards the trailhead.
The six mile walk would have been pretty boring
if it had not been for the great company and
many funny stories along the way!!
We always have a great time together.
Of course, there was another good reason to head back…
Microbrew for David :o))
The BIG Banana Split for Gin!!
We spent a little more time together…
had a few more laughs…
then parted ways with hugs
“see you down the road!!”
Gin and Syl were returning to Lazydays to finish taking delivery of their new Motorhome. Sherry and David are staying here another couple of days and we are heading to Rainbow Springs in the morning.
Another wonderful day with GREAT friends!!!