Tuesday, 11:20, a few pics from the walk before bedtime.
I wrote that Sunday morning was the coldest I had felt in my 22 years in Florida. A two shirt, two jacket walk. Frosted grass crunching under my feet.
Once again I tried to walk the Park trail. Here's perhaps the most extensive article about the Park, from the Florida Hikes site. It says the trail is 1.8 miles. I came to two dead ends, perhaps a result of logging activity, and decided a walk on the Lake shore would be better.
I was not he only creature to have strolled these sands.
And the other side. I went to look at Cabin 1. It is set back from Horseshoe Lake, the view blocked by Cabins 1, 2, and a large building, purpose unknown, between them.
My morning took 50 minutes.
A leisurely shower, breakfast, pack up, straighten up the place, take the garbage out-didn't want anyone to see the beer cans and bottles, alcohol is not allowed, a chat with caretaker, Doug, and I was on my way.
I can say I had beer, as I got my deposit back. And got the answer about the administrative fee, which I thought was over billed. I still think it was, but Marion County charges the fee on the entire transaction, rental rate, taxes, and security deposit. Despite that, I'll be back. With a plate, bowl, knife, fork and spoon.
If not for the great blue herons, I would have very few wildlife photos.
The lack of rainfall means the Ocklwaha River is greatly influenced by the spring fed Silver River.
Shell embedded bank. An Indian midden, perhaps?
I landed at 5:15, this time landing to the left of my car, where the bank was higher, but the bottom firm. Here is how the same spot looked in July, 2008.
I was about to get out of my damp pants when a car drove up. Perfect timing, once again. An interesting lady. A local, taking photos. She had never seen the River so low. She showed me some of her photos, including an albino squirrel at a local graveyard. No better place for a ghost squirrel, I told her.
Much better than being in my cubicle on a Monday.
No scrub jays, or bears. I did see two more deer as I headed home on US 19. I had a very enjoyable 3 day weekend.