Lake Okahumpka Park

Sunday, April 26, 2015 – Wildwood, Florida

 

This was a quiet day. I browned a chuck roast and put it in the Crock Pot in the morning. We computed, read, and took a couple walks.  Our longest walk was around the path at Lake Okahumpka Park. It is just a few miles down the highway from Alliance Coach.

 

b Park Sign

 

I strategically parked in front of the toilet building.

 

b Parked in Front of Toilet Building

 

We followed the RED route, which is about a mile and a third long.  So, with three laps around the park, we covered four miles.  It was a pleasant day, mostly cloudy, with moments of sunshine, and there was a nice breeze.

 

b Red Route

 

A small flock of doves few a few yards distant each time we got close to them.  Finally, they decided to sit on the fence.

 

b Doves on Fence

 

The Red route goes through the woods and around a large grassy area, so we had sun, shade, and a breeze.

 

b Path Through Woods

 

The wildlife comprised birds, squirrels, and lizards. The notable fauna was live oaks, Spanish moss, and magnolia trees in bloom. These small lavender flowers were in shady areas under the trees. They are about three or four inches tall.

 

b Small Lavendar Flowers

 

There were not many people in the park.  Two boat trailers were parked at the boat ramp.  A man had two dogs in the new dog park near the picnic pavilion. Two young couples were playing disc golf. A man with two small boys was flying a kite on the large lawn. A couple on a motorcycle stopped in to use the toilet building. Maybe two or three others passed by, but that was about it.

 

The western edge of the park has a large drainage pond just outside the park fence.  We walked along the fence to get more breeze than on the path in the woods. The section of the fence that goes under the big oak trees is draped with Spanish moss.

 

b Spanish Moss on Fence

 

This is the only view of Lake Okahumpka.  Google Earth tells me the lake is actually larger than it appears from the boat ramp.

 

b View of Lake Okahumpka