A family feeding the peacocks at Magnolia Park. I had heard the peacock’s caterwauling as they prepare to roost for the night. But I had never heard the sound like a Volkswagen’s horn they make when the children got too close.
Our first camping this trip was at Suwannee River State Park due to its close proximity to family.
Mikkey usually prefers to sleep with Mom, but Mom is constantly rolling over or getting up…..
I had not intended to blog about Florida again because we are, as usual, spending the winter here. The biggest treat is having time with family.
Unfortunately, I had to do a factory reset on my phone and haven’t downloaded all the photos yet. I’m waiting for our next data cycle. So there will be no photos to share of the lovely 80 degree Christmas celebrated in shorts at Gail’s screened porch.
So when Mom wiggles around too much, Mikkey heads for Daddy’s bed.
So I’ll just share my available photos taken at random, and let the captions tell the story…. which is, it’s CHILLY down here now!
BTW, our water pump went out and our toilet needs replacing. I have them ordered and Gail and I will do the mods when we get back to her house in a week or so.
Lake Apopka is a big lake bordered by vegetation that provides a perfect habitat for many aquatic and semi-aquatic critters.
Next was O’Leno Park–because it had available sites. Then Otter Springs. The spring is a black water hole in a cypress swamp. But it gave us a place to stay till our next reservations were available.
Otter Spring did have one nice feature… an indoor heated swimming pool.
While we were at Suwannee River State Park, I found my first ever Albatrellus mushrooms. I originally identified them as sheep polypores, but discovered they do not grow this far south. All I know is that they are both Albatrellus polypores.
As much fun as an Easter egg hunt!
You never know if you will be sensitive or allergic to even good mushrooms. So this was my sample. After 24 hours I knew they were okay to eat. To be honest, they were slightly bitter and not very good. But I relished my discovery anyway!
So now it’s winter in Central Florida, but still heavenly compared to home!
This pond was covered with thick, scummy duckweed last year. This year we discovered they had found an elegant solution to the problem.
But winter in Central Florida doesn’t really mean winter. 🙂
Ron trying to find a spot out of the wind. Note the wind blowing the Spanish moss around.