Took a wrong turn somewhere!

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to go for a quiet little early afternoon walk at a park we’d never visited before.  We thought we’d really enjoy our natural surroundings more if we left our phones in the car ;-).

Unfortunately, we also left our jug of water in the car, a really foolish thing to do in July in south Florida!IMG_4914Our scenic hike started out pleasantly enough . . . There were beautiful views in all directions . . . IMG_4915Canoeists and kayakers floating gently downstream . . .IMG_5130A sweet little Green Heron – looking a bit lost in a sea of lake lettuce . . . IMG_5116Limpkin happily foraging the shallow shorelines for Apple Snails . . .IMG_5098IMG_5090Even a family of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks flying in and out of the tree tops . . .!

IMG_4924 But then . . .  The trouble all started when we followed one of these horse-crossing signs down an inviting grassy path. We didn’t see a single horse, but we continued on. We kept following side paths . . . and kept walking . . . till it became impossible to find where we’d started. At some point, we suddenly realized that nothing looked familiar!IMG_4920Uh-oh!! . . . We were hopelessly lost in this 665 acre park, and truly couldn’t fathom which way we’d come! Despite the warning signs, we did not see any alligators!  But, we had no water, no phone, and it was mid-afternoon on a very hot summer day. Eventually, after wandering way off course, we came across a long, wide canal, which seemed to be outside the park.

Much to our great relief, a wonderful, lone bicyclist happened by near the canal! He insisted on giving us a bottle of cold Gator-Ade (no pun intended!! ;-D) – a real life-saver – and pointed us back in the right direction, saying, “You’ve got about a 3-mile walk to get back to your car.” (!!)IMG_4919When we finally arrived back at the car at 6 PM, I started looking at the few photos I’d taken, and – what? – I had completely forgotten that I had taken a shot of this map of the park about 15 minutes into our walk!!  There were all the trails and all the twists and turns, right there on my camera!!

Could have come in handy if I’d remembered it was there!

20 thoughts on “Took a wrong turn somewhere!

  1. I’m glad that you didn’t get lost in an unfrequented trail. Your photos are great! Be careful next time Carol please. 🙂

  2. We have been in similar situations, and it does make you anxious as night approaches. Thankfully God sent help along and you found your way out. Yes, likewise I photographed a map and forgot I had it on my camera, when we did not know the way to take. Now I photograph these things before I go in. I have had to pray myself out of deep, dark rainforests when I was alone and lost, when no one would have ventured there.

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