Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Taking the slow way north

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.

The end.


Erin Erkun said...

The end indeed ;-)

Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Love the header photo.
We have good friends that stay in Blueberry Hill Campground.
Sorry we missed Homosassa Springs State Park. It looks awesome.

Laura Skjenna said...

LU looks comfortable!

Sherry said...

Love your The End photo. Very nice pictures of the resident wildlife at Hommosassa. I'm surprised that they consider the pink flamingos residents since I don't think there have been any wild pink flamingos in Florida for years. You do a very nice job of finding good over night spots. That's always hard for me. I end up in some dumps without meaning to.

Nickie Jim said...

We bought our Winnebago Vista at Lazy Daze and were really impressed with their overall operation. Glad to hear your experience was a good one, too. Enjoyed your "critter" photos!

Wanderin' said...

On our way south we visited Homosassa Springs State Park. I loved it and loved snapping pictures of all the critters. I love places like that. It was very interesting indeed.

Gypsy said...

I really enjoyed your bird photos. What is that slithery creature - hope he's not a bird hunter.

Luci & Loree said...

GREAT pictures of all the fawna!! BIG alligators.. one thing on my bucket list to see the manatees!!