While still at Fort DeSoto we put a $45 price on the old bike and set it out front of the camper. It sold within an hour. So we enjoyed our bike ride and Debbie's maiden voyage on the pretty "new" bike.
Monday we visited the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. (Warning: bird photos coming!) It's probably no more than 10 miles north of Blue Spring. It's a large water covered area with numerous foot paths. It''s wonderfully tranquil and a birding paradise.
We saw many of the birds we routinely see such as these Great Egrets
and this Great Blue Heron
but more excitedly, we identified several new fellows that we thought were pretty cool. These included an American Bittern,
Blue Winged Teal (males and females),
and a Pied Billed Grebe.
It's only fair to say that we also saw many other varieties that we couldn't ID. We recommend this destination to anyone who enjoys the birds.
Tuesday we went to the DeLeon Springs State Park. It also is only about 10 miles up the road. It's next to Lake Woodruff. Along with the springs, the attraction there is the Old Spanish Sugarmill Restaurant.
It's a breakfast and lunch place where you cook your own pancakes at your table. The price is very reasonable, $4.50 each for all the pancakes you can eat. They bring you 2 pitchers of batter, one wheat and one plain. For $1.75 a pop you can buy an order of blueberries, or bananas or pecans etc to add to the batter. We chose the blueberries and pecans.
The meal was great but even better were our table companions. They were 2 couples who were friends. Both wives were teachers, one husband a band director, the other a choir director. It may be shameful, but we didn't get everyone's name. We did give them one of our cards so we hope they will read this blog and share there names' with us, please!
We had taken Bo and Laska with us. They stayed in the truck parked in a shady location. After breakfast we took them on a five mile hike along one of the park's trails. Immediately after the hike we made a nice spotting of a Red Shouldered Hawk.
Wednesday we drove about an hour to Leesburg, Fl to have lunch with Charley and Sherry Dilworth and Jeff and Barbie Boldt. We all had lunched together about a month ago in Lakeland, Fl. with about 25 other full-timers. I think this is all pretty cool that we develop these friendships as a result of blogs and lunch. We really had a very nice time. We met at an Olive Garden and camped out there for about 3 hours. I believe we will get together again in early March.
|Left to Right: Barbie, Sherry and Charlie|
|Jeff and Barbie|
The mission was to view wildlife and enjoy the river. Mission Complete! We saw zillions of turtles
and an endless number of alligators ranging in size from a few inches to 12-14 feet.
New bird sitings included a Green Heron (trying to hide in the grass),
and Yellow-Crowned Night Heron.
Couldn't resist photographing some of our old favorites such as this Snowy Egret.
We also saw another American Bittern which we understand are not that common.
The lady narrating the tour did an EXCELLENT job!
We returned to Titusville today. We spent a little time at Merritt Island looking for birds and feeding mosquitoes. We also cruised Willow Lakes RV community. It''s similar to The Great Outdoors. Smaller and not as fancy, but still very nice.
We'll return to Alafia State Park in Lithia next week to try to get our warranty work completed.