prairie heart, Payne’s Prairie Preserve State Park FL

With the worst of the storms past, we headed back north from Orlando. Weeks ago, on our prior visit to Florida and Gainesville, several people recommended we visit Payne’s Prairie Preserve. Now we got another chance, and took it. Most of the park’s trails were inaccessible due to flooding, but even from the one accessible vantage point we were rewarded with an oil-painting like scenery, dotted with deer and wild horses.