Friday, June 30, 2017

Lake Griffin State Park - Florida

Lake Griffin is a "walking" state park, so we parked Treky in the parking lot and crossed this little bridge to enter the park.

Off to our right is the river that feeds into Lake Griffin.

From the parking lot to the park.

Treky patiently waiting - He's so great.  While he's sitting there, his solar panels are charging his batteries.

One of the walking trails in the park - very restful in the shade of the old oak trees.  We like the Spanish moss.

More Oak trees and Spanish moss along the park trail.

Tippy insists on stopping and investigating every little thing that she sees.

Some of the wildlife that we may see along the walking path.

Tomorrow, Tippy and I will look at the Dead River and Lake Griffin; then on next Thursday, the three of us (Ron, Tippy and Treky) will begin a long journey to Indianapolis, Indiana to attend an FMCA rally.  Who knows what we may encounter along the way?

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lake Griffin SP - The Big Tree

Tippy was excited to see the big tree and wanted to go toward it first thing.  Fortunately for Tippy, the park had clearly marked the trail to the tree.

If we had been riding bikes, there was a nice bike rack.  By that, we assume that the trail is not suitable for bikes.

The beginning of the tree trail has heavy underbrush on each side.  I told Tippy to be careful as we don't know what kind of predators lie in wait in the darkness of those trees.

 As we moved on toward the tree, the trail became more narrow.  I think I like all this greenery.

This is not the big tree.  See the Resurrection Ferns.  It recently rained so they are alive.  They die in dry weather and are "resurrected " when it rains.

That must be the big tree up there.  We are still quite aways off.

Closer - It is big.

Can you imagine that - the second largest Oak tree in Florida and 300 to 500 years old. We have visited the Angel Oak near Charleston, SC which is claimed to be close to 2000 years old.

 Base of the tree.

Closeup of the base.   It looks like it has been pruned at one time.

Tomorrow, we will explore the rest of the park.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Going to Lake Griffin State Park

A perfect day for a trip in Treky.  Central Florida is a land of very large ranches - mostly cattle ranches complete with cowboys.  Lots of open land.

Tippy thinks that it is so good to be back in her seat in Treky.  Traveling along, singing a song.

See that covered wagon??  It's an advertisement for "The Villages", a very large development - It is said that it is the fastest growing area in Florida.  Treky hopes that its expansion does not eliminate "old Florida".

Treky's GPS is leading us directly to Lake Griffin State Park Road.

Here we are.  Lake Griffin State Park is located adjacent to Fruitland Park, Florida.  When we walk around the park, we hope to spend some time with the second largest Live Oak Tree in Florida - Probably between 300 and 500 years old - Wow!

Come back tomorrow and see the tree with us.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Monday, June 26, 2017

Treky's New Parking Place

We have always had to park Treky in a storage area - sometimes miles from our house.  Now, we have parked Treky in our backyard.  See him on the right?  Also, see our front porch?

Tippy and I sit on our front porch everyday.  I say, "Hi" to people walking by and Tippy wags her tail.  Sometimes, folks come up on our porch and sit and talk with us.  We know our neighbors and they know us.  Tippy likes this.

Back on the subject, see Treky parked behind Honda? - Right by our back door.

That makes it so easy to load and unload Treky.  Also, many times, we think of something that we want to do to Treky (cleaning, etc.) and all we have to do is step outside our backdoor.

Treky is especially happy because his solar panels are exposed to the afternoon sun but his body in the shade - Perfect.

Tomorrow, we will visit Lake Griffin State Park near Fruitland Park, Florida.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Going to PIne Island (Bummer)

One day, we decided to take a short trip to Pine Island on the West coast of Florida.

As usual, the county roads were smooth and straight. Speed limit here is 50 MPH.  That's a motorcycle that we are following.

Ah, wetlands - We notice that there are few oak trees here - mostly palms.

Tippy bets that there is abundant wildlife out there.

Look at that huge house.  Must be lots of money here on Pine Island.

As you can see from the GPS, we are about to cross the bridge onto Pine Island.  It appears to be tiny with few streets.

When we got to the private park that we intended to visit, we were turned away - No pets allowed.  Boy was Tippy steamed.

Tippy:  "We will never come to this stinking park again."

There is a second private park on Pine Island and we decided to try to gain access to it.  Can you see that lighthouse way out there?

More big houses.  This one is build up high off the ground - Protection from floods I suppose.

We were turned away from the second park - same reason.

Tippy's all steamed up again.

Tippy:  "I hate this place."

So, we just cruised around the island.  This is the gate to the second private park.  Fancy - Huh?

We did enjoy the drive - Looks tropical.

Not all journeys end in happiness.  Tippy is definitely not happy.  I'll do a better job of checking park rules next trip.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Monday, June 5, 2017

How's Tippy Doing in Her New House?

Tippy's new house

Her favorite piece of furniture is the pillow on the couch.

It was until she got a present of a new dog bed.  Now that's on the couch.

Can you believe the way she sleeps?

Tippy and I both enjoy sitting on the front porch watching the world go by.  Life is really really good.

We may take a short (400+ miles) trip to Mobile, Alabama next Thursday or Friday unless something gets in the way.

Ron, Tippy and Treky