Monday, August 14, 2017

Lake Louisa State Park Campground

We are headed to the campground.  The park has canoes and kayaks for rent.

Fishing, with a Florida license, is permitted.  I haven't heard if the fishing is "good".

Three kinds of camping are provided:  regular RV camping, Equestrian camping, and Primitive camping for groups.   What you see here is a big Class A motorhome in a pull-through site.  

This is a back-in site.  Some RV sites are shady.  30/50 amp electrical hookups are provided.  Some sites also have a sewer hookup at no additional charge.  Campground amenities include two bathhouses, two fishing piers, two small pavilions, laundry facilities,  and a dump station.

 RV site rental is $26.64 per night.  Full time Florida residents over age 65 get a 50% discount.  Primitive sites cost $5.55 per person per night.  Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance.

 Each site is clearly marked with the site number.  Equestrian sites cost $5.55 per person per night.

Tents are welcome.

This is one of the two bathhouses.  Very clean and modern.

The folks at the end of the pier are fishing.

We say, "Goodby to Lake Louisa State, Florida."  Maybe we will come back some day with Treky and spend a few days.

Our next next trip will be in September to Belden, Mississippi for a Blues Music Festival.  Treky will like that.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Lake Louisa State Park 2

We saw ferns growing along the nature trail - We see ferns throughout Central Florida.

Versatile - Huh?  Lake Louisa State has 4500 acres, six lakes, two streams, 11 natural communities, and 105 acres of lake shoreline.

 This is Green Swamp.    The state park is located in the northeast corner of the Green Swamp, a vast wetland in Central Florida - Lake Louisa is the largest in a chain of 13 lakes connected by the Palatlakakah River.

In the past 10,000 years, several Native American cultures have lived here.  In 1823, this land was designated as part of the Seminole reservation.



It's getting hot but Tippy is eager to keep going - to see what's around the next curve in the trail.

I have to admit - Tippy is right about trails - they are the very definition of adventure.

Tippy thinks the bobcat is pretty scary - much like the alligator. 

 Deer Moss is one of the most beautiful natural ground covers that I have seen.

Tomorrow, we will hit the campground and checkout their facilities  - we may want to camp here this winter.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Lake Louisa State Park, Florida 1

The park entrance is right on US highway 27 near Clermont, Florida.

That's the visitor's center and admission gate.  The park offers regular and primitive camping; equestrian camping; hiking and biking.

Nice smooth roads going into the park.  Note that we are going up a very small and rare hill.

This is what the first mile or so looks like on the entrance road.

Hmmm, what do we want to see first?

Horse crossing. Tippy wants us to find a trail to explore.  She likes exploring trails - lots of new smells.

This looks interesting.

The beginning of this trail and where we are is the very upper left hand corner of the map.  The Cypress Loop and the Green Swamp sound interesting.  We'll head that way.

Inviting, relaxing nature. Trailhead.  Tippy and I are living the good life.  No car horns or other loud noises here.  Clean air too.

Tippy's idea of heaven is to get out on trails and explore nature.

Lots more at Lake Louisa State Park.   More posts to come.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Going to Lake Louisa State Park, Florida

Our little Honda was sitting out in the front yard just waiting to go somewhere when...............

Tippy suggested that we visit Lake Louisa State Park.  Tippy likes to perch on the arm rest when we are not moving.  But that's a no no when we are rolling.  She has her special pad in the passenger seat.

Lake Louisa State Park is about an hour drive from our house through some beautiful countryside.  Some of the old oaks form a canopy over the backroads that we travel.

Central Florida is made up of cattle ranches and Walt Disney World.  Look at that grass - That will grow fat cattle.  Maybe in a month or two, we will visit Walt Disney World.  That would be a nice trip.  It's only about an hour from our house.

The road alongside this ranch is really back country.

Not all of Florida is flat.  Central Florida has some rolling hills.

We like Spanish Moss.

Admission fee to Florida State Parks is usually $5.00 per vehicle.  That can add up so I bought an annual pass.  Normally an annual pass costs $60.00 but because I am a veteran, I got a discount and got mine for $48.15.  This is my annual admission card.

This is the back of the card.  Note that it expires in August of 2018.

Hooray!  We're here.

We'll use our annual admission card to enter and take a few pictures and maybe find some trails to explore.  Tippy looks forward to exploring trails.

See you tomorrow,

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Classic Cars 3

Tripple seater - steering wheel on the right - one headlight - info below:

Info below:

If I could choose one to take home, it would be this one!  Info below:

License plates from Indiana since day-one.

This is what sports cars used to look like.  Info below

School bus

See below

You like fins?  My boss had one of these in the 1960's

Info below

I like this one too.

Well, I took lots more pictures of the classic cars but I guess enough is enough.  

I will not be posting for a while.  Treky has to have his 70,000 mile checkup and get new tires.  I have my annual physical tests that involve three or four trips to labs and the doctor.  Tippy is fine but she needs a shampoo and manicure.

Our next planned trip is to a music (blues) festival in September in Belden, Mississippi.  August is too hot to do any long distance traveling - Soooooooooooo..........., we'll  see you in September.

Ron, Tippy and Treky