Alligator Alley trail is back open.

Birds up high.

A few down low.

Wild hogs hiding in the bushes. Not sure where the term “pigtails” comes from?

One of the main trails, Alligator Alley, was finally back open after closing in September of 2017. When Hurricane Irma came through, the trail was washed out and a lot of damage was done to that part of the park. The raised trail across the marsh was finally rebuilt and it was great to walk down it again in late January.

Out on the dock you could see the bald cypress trees going bald for the winter.

SkyWatch Friday

Goats, cows and pigs, Oh my!

Hanging out with some goats at Sweetfield Farms during the Sunflower Festival.

The cows were being lazy.

Pigs are so lucky. They get to eat with their mouths wide open and don’t have to worry about manners. They can snort and grunt and don’t have to take baths. Don’t you wish you were a pig?

The main barn, where you can buy fresh cut flowers and vegetables. The crib in front of the door on the right had baby chicks. I had so much fun at the Sunflower festival that I really didn’t want to leave. But it was hot and I had chores waiting for me back home. They have a pumpkin patch in the fall so I may try to head up there in October (you know, along with everyone else in Tampa with the same idea).

Linking to Wednesday Around the World.

“Farm living is the life for me”

I’m having fun hanging out with the farm animals. Having not grown up around them, I find them interesting. With that said, it’s fun to watch them for a while and then go home to my house near the city in Tampa. I’m not sure if I would love them if I had to do the chores that go with keeping them.   These were all from my trip to Sweetfields Farm north of Tampa one Sunday morning in late May.

Linking to Wednesday Around The World

Funny faces on the farm.

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I finally realized there was a petting zoo/farm near my house. I was out looking for birds and stumbled upon what looked like horse stables but then I heard parrots yelling and other weird noises coming from the back of a house. On the side was an entrance and it said $5 fee. I headed in thinking I wouldn’t find much and left over 2 hours later. They had horses for riding, farm animals to pet, a pond filled with geese, swans and ducks and all kinds of other critters.  Most of the animals (excluding the horses) were rescue animals. It’s a non-profit farm run by volunteers. One of their events is a summer camp called “Warriors for Autism”. Kids can spend time working and playing with the animals and interact with other kids.  I have found a new favorite place to add to my list of Saturday morning walks. No rare birds here, although I had a few eastern bluebirds fly over, but just a lot of fun.

That last picture is my favorite. Molly was sleeping and I leaned over and snapped her with her teeth sticking out.

Link to Horsepower for Kids.