Kissimmee Prairie is a refreshing change of pace from the massive majestic palms & cool springs we have been enjoying. Sweeping vistas of grasslands remind us the Midwest. The Texas feel is even stronger here. This preserve is a mecca for birders & astronomers. It is a designated “dark sky” location & it is really out in the boonies. The 54,000 acres are a wet/dry prairie mix. Over 300 species of birds frequent this preserve & everyone seems to have binoculars or a major camera around their neck. Our fellow campers are a nice bunch & the volunteers are super enthusiastic about helping with hikes & general info.
During WWII this area was borrowed from the homesteading “crackers” & used for bombing practice. The land was returned to the homesteaders until the park opened. Extensive aerial surveys were conducted to ensure there were no live bombs!! Hope they didn’t miss one.
The skies are the real show stopper for me. The sky is endless & the clouds are breathtaking. We have enjoyed some beautiful stormy formations & I am eager to try to paint them. We are almost homeward bound & are getting excited to see our peeps.