Sunday, February 10, 2013

Six Mile Slough

Florida and the Fort Meyers area has a lot of Nature Preserves and Wildlife areas.  We took some time one afternoon with our friends Tom and Cathy and went to the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve.
The slough (pronounced - "slew") is a 1.2 mile walk on a raised boardwalk through forested wetlands. The area was set aside in 1991 to allow for conservation management wildlife preservation.
The place is really an outdoor educational center.  Surprisingly, the preserve is not far from the well developed and commercialized areas on the outskirts of Fort Meyers.
We walked slowly along the 'trail' and tried to take it all in.
Along the way, we ran into a couple of volunteers who offered some good information.
We learned the 'Rouge' from 'Baton Rouge' was named after the read fungus that grew on the trees.
Like the ones we saw here.
Mostly though, we looked for birds

and turtles  (they are just off center from the log coming out of the water... I wish I'd brought my other telephoto lens)
and gators.  We saw a couple little guys but they were too far away to get a shot.

Mostly, I took pictures and we enjoyed our leisurely walk.

It was well worth the time and the $3 parking fee.

Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles.  And thanks too for the comments - we always look forward to them!

Until next time...


  1. Love your blog and folow it daily. A slight correction: Fort Myers is spelled M-Y-E-R-S. It is a very common error and the second bloger I follow in the past two weeks that has tried to rename the town. LOL

    If you like history, make sure you visit the Edison, Ford winter homes, (They are adjacent to each other). It is very interesting. Glad you are enjoying my old "home" area.

    1. Thanks for the correction! Ft Myers it is!

      Yes - the Edison home is great. We visited it again last year.

  2. Nice pictures and walk! The boardwalk is sure a nice way to visit the wetlands. Haven't been to Ft. MYERS yet, but hope to some day.

    Have a great Sunday....

  3. Nice description and photos of another place for us to put on our list of places to visit.
    Hey Randy, I think you'd better spell Ft. Myers correctly before you get run out of town. LOL

  4. I had no idea about the Rouge name for the red fungus on the trees.... So I learned something...! Thanks....

  5. Love those wetlands boardwalks. Thanks for the pictures.

  6. there is so much of Florida in those back waters that no one even knows about....We will definitely be back!

  7. Oh I think that looks like a lovely walk! We "might" be coming down to Florida next month. Will see.

    Karen and Steve
    (Blog) RVing: This Country Is Our Big Backyard

  8. Just went there over xmas. It was amazing! We got rained on about 3/4 of the way through and had to ride back to the park all wet.

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