Ft. DeSoto Nature Hike, Kayaking
& Swimming, June
Marine Biologist, Dana Lawson, of
Academy based at
Ft. DeSoto Park in Pinellas County Florida led our group of 12 ladies
on a very informative Nature Hike, followed by a Kayaking Adventure, and
later after lunch we had a Swim.
Our 12 included past Captain Penny and
daughter Heather, visiting from Maine, and two friends of Mardis, Linda
and Debbe, who are probably going to take our Learn to Sail 2010 class
Although it was a warm day, starting early and
taking our hike first worked out well. Hearing about how the
various plants and trees survive and procreate and the importance of proscribed burns to maintain the
natural cycle of growth and to control parasitic and invasive plants. We
learned the only native Florida palm tree is the Cabbage Palm.
The adventure in the
Kayak trip was a visit right up next to our kayaks by a
baby Manatee. Dana pointed out Mom was probably nearby, we hope, as
our baby already had scars on its back probably due to boat props.
Some of our group also saw a couple of Dolphins early on in our
After being asked, Dana shared with us her grave concerns for the
entire Gulf coast due to the horrendous Oil Spill/Leak, providing us with new insight
on the expected devastating impact over time to virtually all
plant and sea life along the coast.
After coming off the water we went to the
East Beach area of the Park. We ate our bag lunches while overlooking
Tampa Bay and went for a refreshing swim.
Nancy Marik, Activity Host
and Report Writer
by Judy Karr and Nancy Marik
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