Sunday, June 29, 2008

My Week of Dragonflies

Dragonfly #1: Last week I was in Gainesville for a conference and ate at one of my fave restaurants, Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Company. I tried the signature dragonfly roll -tuna, yellow tail and scallions wrapped with grouper then baked with a spicy sauce and finished with eel sauce. YUM!! ! Definitely not the traditional sushi but very tasty.Dragonfly #2: This morning I hiked the new Footprints Trail at Babcock Ranch. The trail debuted earlier this month and I couldn't wait to check it out. Minor detail left out of the info I could find about the trail and I should have picked up on this (like when I was given directions across the dry lake bed for Barbfest Part II while living in Death Valley).

The trail leads through cypress forests and cypress forests need WATER to exist. Not just a little rain, but relatively deep water. I was up to my knee in water at some points. I kept waiting to see a water moccasin but thankfully, didn't see any.

And what comes with standing water? Mosquitoes and other biting insects. Thankfully, I saw a few dragonflies, like this one pointing me in the right direction down the path. Dragonflies eat mosquitoes, remember that.

So why is the trail named Footprints? You'll have to read my article to find out.