|A moment of non-social distancing|
with Libbie and Deb
It had been ten years since I last visited Myakka with a group from the Isles Yacht Club. In my defense, it was kind of a long drive when I lived in Punta Gorda. I was surprised to realize the Park is less than 30 minutes from my Sarasota home -- essentially two turns. My bad.
|Carole navigating the walkway|
Eventually, we found ourselves at the Canopy Walkway for which Myakka is known. The Walkway was the first public treetop walkway in North America and extends 100 feet through the hammock canopy. It was constructed in 2000 at a price tag approaching $100,000. The maintenance fund was being put to good use when we arrived as a guy was clearing the steps and the walkway with a leaf blower. It seemed like a bit of an uphill battle, but leaves can definitely be a safety concern.
You can either enjoy the view from the Walkway or continue your climb to the observation tower. (There's a total 116 stairs. I counted.) Our non-profit fundraising brains immediately noticed that each plank on the climb had been a naming opportunity. The planks on at least three levels of the stairway had been sponsored by Peruvians. I'd love to know the story behind their visit. My favorite name plate read: "Howie & Allison Madsen kissin' in a tree." The cynic in me hoped they haven't gotten divorced.
|The view is worth the climb!|
Photo by Libbie Sherman