Saturday, September 20, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Boy Scouts Of America: Camp Soule

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Clearwater, FLorida: Boy Scouts Of America: Camp Soule
Talk about bringing back memories. I came up this road looking for a city park, and there is good 'ole Camp Soule! I have been a camper there years ago, and I had not thought of the place in a long time. This is a Boy Scouts of America facility. It is actually owned by the local council, West Central Florida Council.



This is one place I will have to see about getting into so I can take some pictures for the blog here. It might be fun to show you around a little bit. :) Check out the map on their website if you like, it will give you an idea of how the place is laid out, on the shores of Lake Chautauqua.
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Friday, September 19, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Oh, And Then It Rained

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Clearwater, Florida: Oh, And Then It Rained
If you were looking at the playground in yesterday's post, and thinking it looks a little deserted, it probably has something to do with the fact that everyone else could see that it was going to rain. Oh, and then it rained.

I was about a hundred yards from my vehicle when it started to sprinkle. I started walking back, and then it started to pour! I was happy to have remembered my camera rain coat when I left on photo safari that day. I'm not into carrying umbrellas or rain coats, but I do carry a plastic bag if it looks like rain. I don't care too much if I get wet, but NOT THE CAMERA! :)

How many words can you make out of the letters in THUNDERSTORM? End, ends (remember, always go for the plurals), send, sent, sender, sunder, set...
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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Mini Park With Playground

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Clearwater, Florida: Mini Park With Playground Chautauqua Park South
This playground is located in a little 'mini-park' just across from where I found the entrance to the Chautauqua Park South nature trail. In all honesty, I still do not know whether it is referred to as Chautauqua Park South or if the park has a different name. But it's a really nice little playground. Yeah, it made me want to climb!

There is also a field there for batting practice or flying kites, and a paved path around the whole thing for walking or jogging, and a 'skating oval' too. Oh, and tennis courts. Not too shabby for a minor park tucked away in the back of a neighborhood.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Chautauqua Park South: Road At The End

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Clearwater, Florida: Chautauqua Park South: Road At The End
When I had got all the way through to the end of the hiking trail at Chautauqua Park South, I had come to another somewhat unofficial entrance to the park, where the canoe and kayak launches are. This is the road that winds away from that entrance. Not too terribly significant you say? Well the thing is... there are VERY FEW roads around here that look the least bit like this...

This road looks as though it winds through some rural part of the South somewhere about a thousand miles away from Clearwater. So it is no surprise that I stopped and stared at this little stretch of road for a few minutes... and then took a bunch of pictures... 'cuz that's what I do!
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Chautauqua Park South Kayak Canoe Launch

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Clearwater, Florida: Chautauqua Park South Hiking Nature Trail 6 Kayak Canoe Launch
If you walk just a little further on from the view in yesterday's post, you come to another similar point of access to Lake Chautauqua. This is where, when I walked over to the nearby sign, I learned that these are launching areas for kayaks and canoes only. Chautauqua Park South.

No signs of alligators at all. Although, to be honest, I am sure there are some living in this lake. I am told that alligators rarely interact with people in kayaks or canoes. I'm told that it is simply a matter of not getting between them and their nests. So, if you see one near the shoreline, don't try to paddle between the gator and the shore, where they may have a nest. But I am NOT an authority on the subject, so don't take my word for it!
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Beach Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater, Florida!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Chautauqua Park South Hiking Nature Trail 5

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Clearwater, Florida: Chautauqua Park South Hiking Nature Trail 5
After just a few minutes, you will come to a little bit of a clearing. Then when you look North, you see Chautauqua Lake spreading out before you. Not a giant, illustrious lake. But a nice, calm puddle of water supporting lots and lots of wildlife.

I was surprised to see a channel through the grasses out to the lake. I thought it looked like a good place to launch a canoe or a kayak. But then, maybe that's where a GIANT alligator drags himself in and out of the lake? More on that later. Chautauqua Park South.
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Beach Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater, Florida!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Chautauqua Park South Hiking Nature Trail 4

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Clearwater, Florida: Chautauqua Park South Hiking Nature Trail 4
Did I mention the beautiful trail? Yeah, it really is pretty nice in there. And I'm willing to bet that if a person were to walk there three or four times in one month, they would probably see some interesting wildlife. There were noisy scurryings in the bushes, and I saw the sign of a large bird perching on a branch over the trail.

I don't know just when, but I will definitely get back to Chautauqua Park South to see what is what. Of course, I will have my camera with me, because you just never know what you might see! Come on back and check it out when you get tired of sitting in that office, or standing in line at the store, or stuck in traffic. :D
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Beach Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater, Florida!
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