What’s to love about….Tallahassee City Parks
I am not a native Floridian, rather a native Texan by way of Nevada.
It seems that only in the last few years that cities and counties have taken on the idea of creating public spaces that inspire, or get bring in green space, or take advantage of the already-there green space.
While it is by no means Central Park in New York City, the Lafayatte Heritage Trail Park in Tallahassee, Florida is in its own way, quite simply stunning.
It is not bordered on all sides by a concrete jungle…rather, the drive to the park begins as you drive up Tennessee/Mahan (Tallahassee loves to screw with you by changing road names, but that’s another topic). You drive through a gorgeous little Tallahassee neighborhood, and as you finally make your down the hill, the other side of the park, the JA Alford Greenway, makes itself known…as you drive down to the entrance you see a beautiful pasture rise up that looks like it belongs on a golf course. Here is a picture of the Greenway, once you have parked.
On the left side, you see a horse trail. Immediately on my right is the entrance to a heavily forested hiking trail. The trail is marked for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding. Last time I was out I chose the hottest part of the day to go out, and didn’t see any horse riders, but plenty of other people were still out. The trail eventually comes to a bridge that passes over some railroad tracks.
The path over the railroad crossing looks like passes through some really great vegetation:
At the end of the bridge, you go through a short wooded area, and then the trail becomes wide open, as the marsh lands come into view (click to view larger image):
This area is wide open and there is no shade till you get across the to the other side. It’s not TOO far to that side, but as anyone who spends anytime outdoors here knows, the sun can start cooking you pretty quickly.
I started out from home at around 10:30am and it was not hot at all, and the trail was well shaded. But about 2 hours later, the sun became awfully hot and the humidity wasn’t helping.
In this weather, the humidity is almost more dangerous than the heat. I lived for years in the Mojave Desert of Las Vegas, and I can deal with heat. The heat causes you to sweat, but there, the sweat evaporates and you can (sort of) feel cooler with the breezes. But here in Florida, the humidity acts like a trap and your sweat won’t evaporate, so you feel unbearably hot. Probably stupid of me to go at the time of day that I did, but I had water and some snacks.