We have stayed here a number of times in the last couple of years. We were not sure we would like our reserved site, #52. However, now that we are here…it is the best site we’ve had and would reserve it again!! Plenty of room between sites and our walk to the boat launch is a piece of cake:o))
We arrived here on Friday after an easy drive from Silver River, near Ocala. Arriving on a Friday means you arrive the same time as all the “Weekend Warriors” ;0(( On Saturday, we went for a hike and avoided kayaking due to all the weekenders heading out on the river. The weather has been spectacular, sunny with highs in the low 80’s!!! It doesn’t get any better than this:o))
Views Along the Trail
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On our way back to the campsite, Nancy took a few park pictures.
The campground sits at the back of a two mile one-way loop road.
Great place to walk or bike!!
Large Pool and Gorgeous Stone Picnic Tables
We saw a lot of tent campers and some really different style of tents.
One Potato… Two Potato… Three Potato….
Sunday, we got up early and rode 10 miles on our bikes. It is an easy ride around the park loop road and we were early enough to enjoy the quiet! When we got done riding, I cleaned up the bikes and Nancy worked on the blog as we watched the weekenders leave…one by one!! After lunch, we decided would be a good time to kayak the Hillsborough River.
The river was higher than a year ago, when we got hung up a couple times on some rocks. This year… just an easy paddle and no shallow areas:o)) Paddling this river is more about the beauty than the wildlife. We did see a few birds and some alligators.
Great Blue Heron Green Heron Limpkin
More Alligators… Yes, we’re in Florida;o))
The wildlife is neat, but this paddle really is about the beauty of the river.
At times, we felt like we were paddling down the Amazon or the Nile.
We just love the quiet with just the sounds of nature!!!
I paddled as quietly as possible.
Much of the time we just floated along enjoying the beauty.
We saw the most amazing reflections and colors!!
It doesn’t get much better than this!!!
Just before we launched our kayak, we met a couple, Mark and Ruth, who were our camping neighbors last year. It was so good to see them. They are very active 70+ Rvers who pull a 21 foot travel trailer and a canoe. Really nice people who have been to Alaska several times…need to pick their brains;o))
Today, Monday the 14th, we did our usual morning powerwalk, got breakfast and then decided to hike the Baynard Trail. This is a short trail through the woods.
The rest of the day, we just chilled.
We both sat outside in the screen room and just enjoyed this beautiful day!!
See, we are learning to slow down a bit;o))