We are still in Myakka River State Park working as volunteers.
We are enjoying the late spring, days had been in the mid-70’s until this week…. now we are mid-80’s. But Spring has sprung and the trees are loaded with all kinds of air plants or bromeliads in full bloom!
The colors are brilliant this week! This plant had fallen from a tree and one of the workers put it behind the shed and it bloomed brighter than any other I have seen! That is the miracle of air plants, they don’t need water or soil to survive!
Bromeliads usually grow up high in the trees, so you have to look up high to see them. In the top photo, only one can be clearly seen but actually there are 6 plants in the photo!
The above photo is Cabin Road. We have to drive down this road every day to our job cleaning cabins! Beautiful jungle road! If you look closely, you can see that the trees here are loaded with air plants!
This beautiful flower is wild ginger!
Can you get any more beautiful than this? I love this plant! It smells just like ginger! It is a bulb plant so I have “rescued” one and replanted it. They are not native to Florida.
Baby grapes! We have wild grapes growing every where! They grow up tall pine and oak trees!
I am so very happy Chuck and I decided to sell our home in NM and go full time in our RV. We really enjoy our time as volunteers or workampers. We get a free camp site with full hook ups in trade for 20 or so hours a week working in the park. We meet wonderful people every day! We are near family and we are creating new friendships! We are not rich, but we are not in debt either and not having to worry about rent or utilities frees us up to really enjoy life!
Get ready! It was time for Chuck to get another hair cut!
HAHAHAAHA! A summer haircut! I took the dog clippers to him! Grin! I think he cleans up pretty good!
We spent Easter with family! The girls went hunting eggs in their yard Easter morning and some of the eggs actually had money in them!
After all the eggs are found, Annesley and Aubrey divvy up the candy and count the $$$$ with mom and dad!
MYAKKA ENVIRONMENTAL BURNS
Prescribed burns happen often at Myakka River State Park.
This is one of the reasons Chuck and I volunteer! It allows the rangers to do what they were hired to do, keep Myakka River healthy! If there were no volunteers, rangers would be cleaning cabins, mowing lawns, cleaning picnic areas or spending time as camp hosts. Volunteering is essential to keeping our state parks running smoothly!
Most of the fire crew is male, but we have a good number of women out there working the fires as well!
Not sure this is a job I would want to do in the summer heat. But these folks do a great job of keeping the under brush contained and providing less fuel for wild fires!
Just think, if we hadn’t decided to be volunteers, we would have missed all of this!
Radar and DoogieBowser love to ride in the car with me, Doogie just doesn’t like sharing HIS seat!
I hope you get a chance to visit Myakka one day. I am excited… tomorrow we get to go on a 4 hour orientation tour of the park! Woooo Hooooo!
Have a great week! From the crew of The MotherShip,
Geri, Chuck, Radar and Doogie Bowser!