So I braved the 4 mile Lake Apopka Loop Trail again. It’s a challenge, not just because it’s an 8 mile walk round drip, but also because the trail is hard, compact gravel much of the way, so I’m always sore when I get back. This morning it was cold (by Florida standards) and windy, and visibility was a little limited, especially looking out on the lake. Perhaps my biggest finds were a Merlin and a couple Redhead ducks flying over the lake. Other highlights were a Painted Bunting, several Forster’s Terns and an American Bittern. I also found a raccoon that walked out onto the trail. When it saw me, it stood up on its hind legs as if it was going to walk up to me and shake my hand.