A beautiful Run – and it’s a pictorial!

Do you ever read about running routes and actually wish you could see it because it sounds so amazing? Or have you read about the place someone ran and they show you only one measly picture and then you’re left hanging, wanting to see more? That happens to me all the time….and it sucks!

So today, I decided to photograph my run and tell you all about one of my favorite routes. Don’t worry, today was a short run so I’m not gonna bombard you with 100 pictures, more like twenty, but they’re good, I promise, because this place is beautiful.

Are you ready to see the beautful park I run in?

Are you ready to see the beautiful park I run in?

Well here ya go, may I introduce you to Kapok Park,

First off we have to run over some railroad tracks. I’m always afraid I’m going to get hit by a train even though the only time I EVER hear the train is at 4AM.

Running over Railroad Tracks

After you run over the tracks you enter the park:

Welcome to Kapok Park

Kapok Park is located at the end of the Ream Wilson Trail and sits upon a lake. The lake is very popular among local photographers mainly because of all the birds, turtles, plants and event the gators.

Kapok Park is also home to a disc golf course. I was never familiar with disc golf until that time I got hit in the head with one. Too bad I didn’t read the warnings beforehand:

Flying discs

After seeing the contraption that they were aiming for, it’s no wonder they hit me in the head instead…

Disc Golf Receptor thing

This is the Disc Golf Receptor thingy. How does that even work? (I’m sure some disc golf expert will let me know, I’m almost positive…)

After entering the park you run beside the lake which is located on the right.

The lake

Running around the lake

It’s really beautiful and if you go early enough you’ll see lots of wildlife. I’ve even seen a coral snake on the trail, but that’s not exactly a good thing. Coral Snakes = BAD!

Entering the foot bridge

After a while, the path turns into a foot bridge and you run over the water. It’s very quiet and I love to run without any music and just listen to all the birds.

Running over the lake

foot path bridge

There is one part of the lake where it’s very marshy. It’s also probably one of the best places to dispose of a body if you ever had to do that sort of thing. Not that I would know, but it looks like it would be anyway, just sayin.

Marsh

Where would you ever find a body in this place? The gators would probably eat it.

There is a point on the bridge where it splits and you can continue on the trail or head out to the fishing pier. This morning I decided to go out to the end of the pier and just breath in the beauty.

fishing pierIt is gorgeous, isn’t it? But can I just ask, who exactly is this sign for?

Gators, do not molestThe feed part I get, really but the ‘molest’ part always cracks me up. Who wants to molest a gator anyway?

The path then circles around and you run beside the lake and then over it once again.

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Kapok park lake

I hope I’m doing this park justice. It’s really insane how beautiful it is.

The Park

If you ever come to Florida, you have to come run here and I’ll come meet you. Afterwards we’ll go get froyo, and Hank will even drive us. He’s an excellent driver.

Hank drives for froyoWhat is your favorite place to run? Describe it to me.

10 thoughts on “A beautiful Run – and it’s a pictorial!

  1. Wow! I’m so jealous! What a beautiful place to run!
    The nicest place I’ve run is about 15 minutes from where we live and its right next to a river. It’s paved and it goes for miles with some tiny hills. There are some spots that have so many trees it feels like a cave. My husband and I save that trail for when we can run together since we can drop the kids off with his mom who lives close to where we start.

  2. This is a beautiful trail. I would definitely come run with you and get Froyo with Hank. Such a cute name for a wiener dog.
    The Coral Snake might have scared me away forever though. I’m terrified by snakes, especially deadly ones like corals. (Eeek!)

    • Come run with me anytime! Fortunately, that’s the only snake I ever saw at Kapok Park, but for some reason I’ve seen them in the Keys and down in Venice and I’ve seen water mocossins and ratllesnakes many times in Holopaw at our property. I think they search me out or something, hehe. That’s actually a scary thought….

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