It’s 8 PM on Saturday night and I am 4 days behind on my self imposed posting schedule. Wondering if I have it in me to write lucidly after another fun but tiring day?
This has been a full week! We packed and left our favorite place, Salt Springs, last Sunday afternoon hoping to spend the night in the Crystal River area and get into the RV shop early on Monday. Our converter’s fan had been running frequently and since I had never noticed it running before, I was worried. The voltage monitor on the battery was also showing some weird readings….or so I thought! And our old problem of the refrigerator not working on gas was disturbing my peace of mind.
The good news is that the refrigerator is now working on gas and I am very thankful for that. The bad/good news is that they could not find anything wrong with the converter or the battery. And the fan is still coming on regularly. Someone suggested that I ask about it on the forum. Maybe I will….soon, if I don’t chicken out.
Tonight we are camped at Tillis Hill Recreation Area, 226 feet above sea level, the highest point in Citrus County! This camp is in the Withlacoochee State Forest and it’s primarily a horse camp with a barn and 50 miles of trails for horse riders. Our little Casita looks like an outcast among all the large 5th wheel horse trailers.
This past week was spent camping in a friend’s backyard in the Crystal River/Inverness area. We had a sweet setup with an electric hookup and great company!
Also had a great view out of our back window!
Side dinette window shows the privacy of our little nook.
The week was spent doing tourist stuff and kayaking the surrounding springs.
One memory, the pink flamingos at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, is permanently imprinted on my brain. These birds acted like they were in a chorus line running back and forth in sync with each other. I was tearing up with laughter.
A hippo was also posing for the camera….. a hippo with very bad teeth!
River otters also gave us a great show.
And, of course, there were the manatees. One of them kept coming up to a park volunteer, who was sitting in a kayak, and she would pet it. Amazing!
The manatees travel hundreds of miles inland to the warm 72 degree water of the springs in order to survive the cold of the winter. Almost every spring we visited had manatees.
The week ended with a kayak trip up the Rainbow River to Rainbow Springs State Park. No manatees were seen but we did find clear deep water that made me wish for my bathing suit.
Snook in the springs
Tomorrow will bring brand new adventures as we are traveling 150 miles south to Myakka River State Park where we plan to spend 6 nights. Looking forward to seeing a different part of Florida!