A Short but Beautiful Ride
Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
94Trip End May 04, 2013
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We stopped off in Palatka for some routine lab work, which went quickly and smoothly, in fact, better than anywhere we've ever seen. No slow, lackadaisical southerners at that place!
The Rodman Campground was an unknown to our GPS devices, but Lynn aka Tonto and Sacagawea, spotted the sign just after we passed it. Sharp eyes she has! We quickly found a safe turn-around spot and made the turn to the campground. We crossed a few interesting bridges enroute, one over the Florida Crossover Canal, more or less, namewise. The area is lush with towering pine trees and crowed underbrush.
We got situated easily after a very friendly, smiling gal checked us in and out. She asked my site number, which I did not know. The then asked, "Do you know your last name?" I got a real laugh at that and thankfully could answer immediately.
Our site is the last in a group and sits open to the woods on the driver's side. On the other side I met a couple from Switzerland with their young son. Ursula speaks English very well but her husband, Egdar prefers German. I did okay in both languages. The German accent is harsh, much like that in South Germany, as I remember it from my travels into the Black Forest area. They speak Swiss, aka Schweitzer Deutsch among themselves, which is a mystery to me. It does sound like Dutch, in my opinion.
We took a walk through our loop and found that there are more birds here than at any other location that we've visited. They don't seem to be very shy. Part of the loop has sites just across from the aforementioned canal. Calm clear waters with a few fishermen were seen.
It would be a great place to ride one's bike. Since we have only Dolores with, she'll be hanging for the duration. She's used to it, having spent several thousand miles resting on the back of Shorty and the long-gone Westy from days of yore.
I've taken a few pictures of the area which I'll edit and post at the usual spot. Not many folks seem to check out Flickr, but, "It is what it is...", I reckon. More later...
I must add that as we've moved further north that the temperatures are dropping. It was 35 degrees when I arose and in the mid-forties in Dear Helena. A "gentle" reminder that we might have control of our location, but never the warmth.
We drove to the Rodman Reservoir Dam and checked it out. There were trails on the map not far from that, but they turned out to be for ATVs, so we just drove and inspected the area. We did stop at one Campground on Delancy Lake. It was set up for ATVs also, with corrals of sorts to define the campsites. Interesting...
Lynn had mentioned a hiking trail she had spotted when we missed our turn to Rodman Dam Road. We found it easily. It's part of the Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Area. It's turkey hunting season, so we had hoped to see a few. It was too late in the day, however, but we had a nice three mile walk through tall long needle pine forests with a few cabbage palms thrown. Everywhere we traveled today we saw signs of the Florida drought. Several recent wildfires have made their appearance and left their nasty scars. Florida has been in a drought for a few years now and it has taken it's toll. We in Montana, do know about drought. It's a sad situation, but can't really be helped unless the climate reverts to it's "normal" self. The statement, "We need the moisture," holds true in many of the states we have visited. Texas is another sad example. It will be interesting to see how spring is faring as we return to the Lone Star State enroute home.
We continue to see lots of birds near our campsite. I did get a couple of shots of UFO 3 today. As usual, due to my desire to save myself some work, the photos will be on Flickr.
We're off again tomorrow for a three day stint in Welaka. See you there...