Record #436 DATE: 3/14/2017 DAY: Tue ST: FL NAME: Home LOCATION: Tampa SITE #: no COST: no For breakfast, Betty & I had eggs, bacon, and a blintz. The plans from last night was that we would break camp and then stop at Silver Springs to paddle the river. However, the weather was cold, overcast, and windy, so it was decided to cancel until some other adventure took us back to Ocala. Rhondia, Sharon, Teddi Buel, and I stayed in camp until check out at 1pm. We walked down to Juniper Springs, and then to Fern Hammock Springs. The 5 foot alligator we saw yesterday on a sandy patch of land near Fern Hammock Springs was now under the 72 degree water at the bottom to keep warm than the 50 air degrees. I stopped at the dump station before leaving the CG. I debated how to drive home. I should have drove FL35S to work my way to I75. No, I went west on FL40 to I75, but had to make a U-turn because of an accident prevented getting on I75. After backtracking, picking up FL200, I finally got on I75. This trying to navigate, read maps, and drive at the same time is not something I like to do. Believe it or not, I had not driven very far on I75, when I saw Rhondia, Barb Carrier, and Shirley Anderson's vehicles come up along side me. They had all stopped to checkout Silver Springs for a future paddle, and were now on their way home. Rhondia was the only one I could keep up with since she was pulling a popup trailer. We both stayed in sight of each other all the way to Tampa when I then turned off. It was a two-handed drive for me since the 25mph wind was blowing the camper all over the place. On arrival home, the fridge gas was still going. Glad, but surprised the wind did not blow it out.
1 / 1