On Thursday, 12th, we woke to beautiful skies, packed up and headed south. I really do like this part of Florida – lots of farms and greenery:
We arrived at our good friends, Bill and Shelly, got set up and spent the rest of the day getting caught up – it is so good to see them and looking forward to spending the next few days here.
Miles Traveled: 141 Miles
Florida: CR-673; US-301; SR-39; SR-60; US-17
On Friday, 13th, Shelly and I took off sightseeing. Our first stop was the art gallery and Fisherman’s Wharf. The wharf is now a pier of shops with the marina around it.
While there, we made reservations for an eco tour of the Peace River for tomorrow.
Our next stop was the Peace River Wildlife Center. This center was started in 1978 for the rescue, care protection and preservation of native small wildlife.
“Since its beginnings the wildlife center has treated over sixty thousand birds and small animals, offering a high-level of skilled care by trained and permitted wildlife rehabilitation specialists with years of experience in treating native fauna disease and trauma.”
Currently, PRWC admits about 2,000 clients annually, a number that has increased every year since the Center’s founding. If a bird or small animal cannot be returned to its native habitat after treatment and recovery but is otherwise healthy, it becomes a permanent resident of the Center.
More information can be found here: http://peaceriverwildlifecenter.org/
Here are some of the residents:
“You looking at me!”
“Hello – “
From there we walked over to the park and around the trails:
Interesting – this is where the first white man died in America:
What a great time! Andy and Bill went to a car museum while we were gone.
Our night ended at the local Elks Lodge – take a look at that view:
What a great day!