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Thursday, May 9, 2019

A New Adventure Begins

This marks the beginning of a trip that will take us from Florida, up the spine of the continent in the Rocky Mountains and around the North Shore of Lake Superior over four months before returning home to North Carolina.  The map shows a few of the places we stopped since turning on tracking in Google Maps in July.

I'm impressed by the folks that can maintain a blog, YouTube channel, and other social media accounts while on an adventure, but that isn't us. Once home we sort through all the photos and pull some info from a hand-written log to remember the trip. It is actually September 13th as I'm writing this, but the post is dated for the day we were actually camped in Florida. I generally spend a little time every morning writing these up, so click "Follow by email" or come on back every few days as we recap our summer 2019 trip.

Starting from Largo, we headed north to Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland, Florida. Known as a place to see Manatees in the winter, we were a little too late in the season to visit these interesting creatures.

The constant temperature maintained by the 50-150 million gallons of 72 degree water coming from the springs every day is what attracts manatees. The clear water and cypress trees are beautiful, even when the manatees aren't here.

The swimming area and boardwalk weren't crowded in May.

Boardwalks along the river make the site accessible to everyone.

Way, way, down the boardwalk we found ourselves upon the Suwanee River (Apologies to Steven Foster).
The park offers two hour pontoon boat tours for $60.

Local wildlife, like this fawn, were not bothered by human activity. Fish, birds and even a water snake were easily viewed from the park trails.

Speaking of wildlife, there were plenty of insects for the birds to eat. Our Lexor needed serious debugging even after today's short drive.

The campground had good sized sites, clean restrooms, wasn't crowded and had no Verizon cell service. Our site with electricity was $20.00 + $6.70 reservation fee.

That's it for day one. Thanks for coming along with us.

Beth and Mark

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