Hiking about 5 miles; approximately 3 hours, on uneven terrain. Getting on/off van; driving approximately 20 miles each way; about 1.5 hours roundtrip.
At the hotel, we’ll have a breakfast buffet including an assortment of cereal, fruit, bagels, pastries, and eggs, plus juice, tea, coffee, water.
After boarding our vehicles, we'll drive to 10,000 Islands Refuge, which is largely made up of mangrove and shallow water habitats. Upon arrival, we will walk up to the viewing deck, which can reveal hundreds of wading birds, ducks, gallinules, birds of prey, and alligators seen in large shallow, natural wetland. Continuing, we will hike down an old road left over from oil drilling in early 1940s. The habitat is good for river otters, bobcats, and manatees.
At the Collier-Seminole Park, we’ll have a delicious and healthy picnic lunch including selections for making our own salads and sandwiches; juice, tea, water.
On several trails, we will experience more of the park’s remarkable wilderness and Hammock Habitat, led by our Group Leader.
At a local restaurant, we’ll have plated meals with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.