Finding Some Peace Outdoors

On March 22nd, my boyfriend and I hopped in the car and drove to Ferndale Preserve in Ferndale, Florida. Cooped up inside since March 16th, we needed to break free of the house. We pulled into the parking lot and saw a lovely park with signs stating areas were preserved for wildlife. I stopped at the map to see the layout but didn’t think to take a picture of it. I decided we would just wing it (not a smart idea).

Feeling like we had been walking for forever, I was worried it would take us longer to get back to the parking lot and I did not want to walk that straight path again. HECK NO! SO at the next intersection I chose to go right. I remembered the map all the paths were circles so eventually we would end up at the parking lot, but the question was whether it would be a quick walk or a long hike. While happy to be walking in the general direction of the start of the preserve, this next path had a slight incline. We decided to hike it rather quickly, which resulted in more sweat and some heavy breathing. Needless to say I was not in shape. haha. Oh and have I mentioned almost everywhere was in direct sunlight? Now more tired than ever, I just wanted to get back to the car. I was out of water and very parched. Only a few pink flowers lifted my spirits! They looked absolutely beautiful and I got giddy every time they popped up!

Pink flowers at Ferndale Preserve; 2020

Another intersection! This was the deciding moment. I followed my instinct and directed us down the right path. Within minutes we walked back to the second intersection and I jumped at the moment to take the left path back to the parking lot! Overall the walk was very fun and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with my boyfriend. On the way home we even saw a baby alligator in the middle of the road! Never have I seen that! It took me a second to register that it was an animal in the road and I had to slam on my brakes. My only regret was not having my phone out to take a picture of the sight. The gator was maybe two or three feet in length! With everything going on I loved being outdoors with the man I love.

Map of trails at Ferndale Preserve

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