Ginny's Adventures 2018 travel blog

Brown's Mound had a "house" on it

next mound overlooks the water

Smith's mound is a burial site

a little land crab on the path

2 red-bellied woodpeckers

3 Ospreys

baby pines?

Gumbo Limbo tree with 3 trunks

visiting along with us

Chic and I went out to see the Randall Research Center, which is part of the University of Florida, and preserves mounds and living areas of the Calusa Indians. I used to go there on Sundays before I got too busy and involved with Carefree activities. There are no longer any signs on the main road telling of the Center, so I had wondered if it still existed!

We walked on mounds that used to be platforms for their houses - the higher the mound of shells, the more powerful or important the family was. We walked the paths and saw many Ospreys and Gumbo Limbo trees. We read the kiosks that told us of their culture, what the land used to look like, and how storms and humans changed it.

Afterwards, I showed Chic the places we go to with our kayaks on either end of the island. We drove in to Galt Preserve and saw that it would be a good place to come for a picnic and then to watch the water or walk on the trails.

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