Sunday, January 30, 2011

Good for My Soul

So, one of my resolutions this year was to volunteer
at least once a month.  Another was to visit a different
state park as a family.  Somewhere along the way,
I got the brilliant idea to combine the two.
I am now a state park volunteer!

It's easy enough to do.  You simply fill out an application online:

and wait for someone to get back to you.
I had no longer emailed my application to the
address given, when the same week I heard
back from a ranger at Lake Kissimmee State Park
who was looking for help.

 This place is absolutely Florida in its natural state. 
Live oaks and moss abound.

 Trails are generously ornamented with saw palmetto
and other natives.

 Pine trees seem to touch the clear blue sky.

 Shadows dance across the forest floor
creating a myriad of images, all creating calm within.

 You'll find an abundance of wildlife here,
including more birds than I can name.
Not sure if you can see this one perched on the bridge.

 I watched this rascal cross the road
and systematically begin his burrowing.

 These two seemed right at home near the boat dock,
no doubt waiting for some tasty morsel to appear.

This was one of the first sights that greeted me.
I knew it would be a magical day...

The sense of serenity is almost palpable
here in this scenic park.
I feel privileged to be able to give back
just a little.
Go enjoy a state park!