Florida has old stuff too: Big Tree Park

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A tree covered boardwalk leads led to one of the most impressive sights, “The Senator,” a 3,500-year-old Cypress Tree. Unfortunately, it was lost to fire in 2012, and I was even more heartbroken to learn it was an act of vandalism.

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“The Senator” was one of the oldest and largest cypress trees in America. The Native Americans living in the area used this tree as a landmark while making their way through the swampy marsh.

Serious sad face 🙁  I just can’t get over people messing with nature, especially something so historic.

Good news: A clone of “The Senator,” has been planted nearby and named “The Phoenix.” The Phoenix will rise from the ashes of The Senator. 

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Hopefully, this tree will survive more than 3,500 years. I can’t even begin to imagine what the world might be like that far into the future. Anyone know how to time travel??

“Lady Liberty,” a 2,000-year-old Bald Cypress is still standing tall just 40 feet from the remains of “The Senator.”

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“Lady Liberty” is the sister tree to “The Senator” and stands at 89 feet.

img_8606Big Tree Park is just a short drive north of Orlando and a peaceful retreat from the big cities around it.

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