Our next stop was Lazydays for some service. We have never been to Lazydays before for RV shopping or work. Our first experience was unexpectedly good. We had made an appointment in advance with a list of what we wanted done. Their coordination and follow thru was excellent and all the items on our list were completed in one day. We also found the pricing to be reasonable. If we need work again while in the area , we will go back.
After our two nights in the Lazydays Resort RV park, we started our trip back north. Our next stop was Blueberry Hill Campground in Bushnell. We have been there a number of times over the years and it s a great stop along I75. For fans of Wal-Mart it is next door and a short walk without having to cross a large road. It has changed some since we first visited but remains a clean and well laid out park. They have many more park models in the back, but still lots of room for transiting RV's. While walking the park, we found some of the wildlife has adjusted well to human neighbors. This time our stop here was to visit with friends who are spending some time in the area. We had a good lunch together and will be seeing them again shortly at the FMCA Rally in Perry, GA.
Our next stop was the Homosassa Springs State Park. It is a short drive from Bushnell and we have not been there in a number of years. We entered from the remote entrance and chose the boat ride over the tram to the main entrance. It remains much like we remembered it. Unfortunately, the weather had turned a bit chilly and many of the Manatees moved to warmer spots. We enjoyed walking the loops and were pleased to see the that LU, the Nile Hippo was still in residence. When the State took over the private park, they determined that only native species would be allowed in the park. Lu has been a resident since 1964. After protests from the local community, the governor wisely declared Lu a honorary citizen of Florida. It is a nice park to see all kinds of native species.
Leaving the park, we headed to Old Town FL for an off the beaten path campground called Suwannee River Hideaway CG. It is rustic but easy access to the sites. It covers nearly 200 acres and the owner has built a 1500 ft boardwalk over the swamp to a landing on the Suwannee River. There are also many miles of hiking trails. Talking to the winter residents, they organize regular trips on the river for exploring and fishing. It made a nice overnight stop for us.