Not too far away from Seminole Campground is a really nice regional park called the Lakes Regional Park in Lee County. This park found in central Fort Myers contains 279 acre of wetlands and woodlands. Lakes Park began as a man-made area where rock was quarried during the 1960's and today its main feature is the 158 acres of freshwater lakes that range in depth from from a few inches to 20 feet. The wetlands host many species of birds, fish, and reptiles as well as supporting abundant and varied wildlife.
The park’s approximately 2.5 miles of paved and natural pathways, along with some nice boardwalks, make for a pleasant walking place The trails are laid out nicely where every turn offers either an opportunity to see native critters or frames the perfect photographic opportunity for us amateur photographers.
While there we were treated to seeing lots of birds in all sizes from spotting an American bald eagle flying overhead to the diminutive sora rail meandering through the cattails. Seeing the sora rail was a real treat for us as they are more often heard than seen. We spotted American Alligator and a swamp rabbit as well as a brown water snake while strolling. This is a great place to come out to to get some exercise and to observe how well the native flora and fauna have blended into this urban environment.
I write this blog while sitting in the dining room of our friends house near Key West. They called and said they were in Key West and wanted to know if we could visit and as much as we hate the keys ;) we broke from our normal routine and made the 295 mile drive down to spend four or five days with them. Even during the rains in the Keys this is a beautiful place to be…