Pup Walk – Big Tree Park

Big Tree Park

Big Tree Park

It’s been a crazy busy weekend! Audition yesterday followed by celebrating my great-niece and nephew’s fourth birthday, sang at two Masses this morning, and had a bunch of errands to run this afternoon. Got home literally two minutes before one of our famous summer storms kicked up. Worked on my new screenplay and the house for a bit and then the weather cleared up 🙂

Between the weather and my crazy schedule the pups and I haven’t done much walking this week. None, in fact. Since it’s so hot, they’ve been okay with that, but the minute I picked up their leashes they were ready to go.

I’ve been on a quest to discover new parks and trails around Orlando. The weather was rather iffy so it had to be short and close.

Big Tree Park is not very far from our house. I had never heard of it. So we went to check it out. We parked the car and explored the new neighborhood. We encountered bikers, joggers, people working on their yards – and a snake.

Snake out for its Sunday stroll

Snake out for its Sunday stroll

We had a good laugh over the fact that we did not encounter even one snake in the snake-infested wilderness a couple of weeks ago. We had to wait until we got back to the city for that. I expected the snake to skedaddle at the sight of the dogs (we kept a respectful distance) but they either didn’t notice it or didn’t care and it hung out to chat for a bit until someone coming the other way spooked it and it slithered into a bush. I was beginning to think it was going to join us and tour the neighborhood.

Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtle

Two trees and two benches are not my idea of a park, but it’s a pretty little place tucked between two houses and a nice stopping point. Yuki approved of the benches.

Yuki is our bench tester

Yuki is our bench tester

The big tree is estimated to be 500 years old and it is indeed big. It used to be bigger, but half of it was damaged by a lightning strike in 1972 (we are, after all, the lightning capital of the world). There were new little branches coming out on that side, though, so it’s a tough tree. There is also a younger live oak nearby.

This is the big tree

This is the big tree

Big Tree Timeline

Big Tree Timeline

Will keep this one on our summer walk list.

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