Here we are staring out at the Wekiwa Springs. Wekiwa comes from a Creek Indian word meaning "bubbling water" or "spring of water" and is used to speak of the spring itself. Wekiva means "flowing water," and is used as the name of the river which is fed by Wekiwa Springs, seen in the picture below.
We took the main trail (white blaze) to our campsite, aptly named Camp Cozy. It was a short 3.5 mile hike in but the hot and humid weather of Florida was enough for us to be slightly uncomfortable. While most people in the country have snow and cold weather we are still counting the days that hit into the 90's.
Once at our site we immediately set up camp. We unrolled the tents, gathered the firewood, and explored the surrounding area.
We only took trees that were already felled. Here is Andy hard at work chopping our trees into smaller logs. Our campsite provided some warmth once the sun went down. Mostly, we just enjoyed fanning the flames and watching the wood blaze.
All in all, the trip was another sucess for the camping books. We saw 28 species of bird, a few mammals, and lots of arthopods. The best part was spending time with friends and enjoying a local natural area.