16. A Girl and Her Dog

by Chelsea Donahue

“To a little girl, a dog can be all you need.” 

We went to explore the nature trails at Spruce Creek Park in Port Orange, Florida this afternoon. We’ve driven it tons of times and I’ve never had the time to stop until today. What a treat! It’s a beautiful park. A roughly three-mile nature trail wraps around the park, complete with a fishing pier, boardwalk and big observation tower. While we didn’t get to see the entire park, we did get a chance to head up to the observation tower, bringing our trip to just over a mile from where we parked and started on the walk. There’s also a very nice playground and covered picnic area, along with picnic spots scattered throughout the park by the fishing pier. I had big plans to take pictures of everything around us, but I got a bit distracted. We just finished obedience classes with the puppy, so Madison got to hold the leash the entire time. I couldn’t help but keep the camera mostly focused on the two best friends today.

View of the marsh from the top of the observation tower.

A fiddler crab party! These guys were all around the little path in the above picture.

Spruce Creek Park was a great little spot tucked away on South Ridgewood Ave. We’ll definitely be back to check out the fishing pier and rest of the trail.

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