There Are More Cattle in Florida Than Texas LbNA # 12922 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Dec 31 2004|
|Last Found||Aug 5 2008|
It seems that the ranger placed it back! 10/28/07
Temporarily pulled by the manager. Will update. 7/24/07
The Erna Nixon Park in Melbourne , Fl. (1200 Evans Road (321)952-4525, near NASA Blvd). This is a totally family friendly park. The vast majority of the trail is on a board walk, though the parking lot is sandy (for a wheelchair). Should be about 20 minutes*.
Pull into the parking lot. To the right should be a trail to the main building. After going though the over hang/picnic benches the trail starts to the right. You pass a screened in porch on the right side. Now look for these numbers (they’re actually plant and tree observations).
42 Vista II
55 Vista III
59 Vista IV
8 “Wire Grass”
Take left into bench area. In front of you is a semicircle of benches. There is a bench directly across from you (count 5 from the left or 4 from the right). Four posts support this bench. The two outer ones support two benches. Of the two inner ones go to the right hand one. Behind the bench post, about five feet under some dead palm leaves/branches (a little to the left) is the “There are more cattle here in Florida than in Texas” box you seek. You do have to hop over the bench.
* If you want to make this more of a drive by look at the trail map board at the main building. You can get a general feel for where the box is and go the “other“ way.
The name of the box came about because as I was cutting this stamp for my young son, my mother-in-law chimed in to the discussion.
There is a geocache here (Hammock by the Mall).
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Erna Nixon park is a 53.93-acre natural Florida hammock and nature preserve located just south of Nasa Boulevard southwest of the Melbourne Airport. Although surrounded by a commercial district, it is home to many birds and small animals, including the protected gopher tortoise and Indigo snake.
A popular site for nature walks and outdoor festivals such as the annual Crackerfest held in October, the park features 2345’ of elevated boardwalk and 640’ of trail winding through three different ecosystems. Grand old live oaks festooned with moss and fern, an open wetland area, and a wild grape arbor highlight the tour. Using an informative booklet, visitors can experience the ancient Florida woodlands through self-guided tours or enjoy exhibits at the nature center which adjoins a small pavilion with picnic tables.