We are here at Topsail State Park for the Canopener, an Airstream rally that is enjoying its 10th anniversary this year. Canopener is a loose collection of like-minded Airstream owners who look forward to “opening” the year with a rally on the panhandle of Florida on the first full weekend of the New Year.
I had a chance on Wednesday to see a prescribed forest burn take place up close and personal. Well, a long telephoto lens helps. The Florida Park Service at Topsail SP was conducting a prescribed burn for a section of the park. The burns are designed to mimic natural fires and rejuvenate the forest.
As one outcome of the burn, I saw a Pigmy Rattlesnake as it slithered across the road. Only about 2 feet long, the park ranger said it would “hurt you”. Apparently the bite is not lethal but I was not about to test that out.
While the burn prevented folks from visiting the beach due to smoke hazard, we look forward to more festivities this weekend!