|Our newly renovated 1997 Georgie Boy Maverick|
(To view a short youtube slideshow of our visit, scroll to the bottom of this post)
I love wild raw Florida... and each time we venture out I am awed by all the different beauty that this state has to offer.
IN A NUTSHELL:
|Sunrise on the Prairie|
|Burrowing Owl on Trail|
|Look INTO the prairie for the real treasures|
|Racoon hiding in palm tree|
|Tiny butterfly on tiny daisy like flower|
Along with all of this, don't forget to look UP... up at the amazing dark sky simply filled, FILLED with stars.... breathtaking and amazing...this is the place for stargazers!
Since this park is only 2 1/2 hours from home, I booked us a quick trip... 2 nights during the week. Hoping for peace and quiet, and it would have been, but for the group of families that were camping right next to and around us, who unfortunately did not have camping etiquette. The kids were literally screaming most of the time... and the parents were quite loud and obnoxious themselves, I even overheard "it doesn't matter, no one knows us here"... :/
There aren't a lot of campsites in this park. There are two sides, the "family side" and the "equestrian side" (This would be a wonderful place to bring a horse!!!). However, people were camping on the Equestrian side without horses, and it was VERY peaceful over there! Great idea for next time ;)
|Sunrise from under our awning|
|Deer on trail|
|We love spending time together :)|
|Riding off into the sunset|
|Sunset near Equestrian Sites|
TRAILS AND WILDLIFE:
|That's a gators tail sticking out of the bushes... we did not pass that way. ;)|
|This was a nice easy portion of the trail|
|This was a very sandy portion of the trail|
|These guys were right off the road, just hanging out...|
Would we go back? Yes! There were many trails we didn't have time to cover, and I would plan to go there during a meteor shower or super dark moonless night. Laying out to watch the stars was amazing each night!
What time of year would we recommend?
Not the summer...no way! There is so much ground to cover, I would go here during the cooler months. Also keep in mind the rainfall. It was very dry when we visited (under a burn ban), but when it rains, you may end up trudging through mud or even deep water on a trail...not my cup o' tea with gators around. ;)
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