Monday, November 11, 2013

Return To Paynes Prairie

Once again, my buddy "Dodge" successfully delivered Gary and I to our favorite inland Florida State Park, Paynes Prairie Preserve. We love it here, and we're glad to be back for our fourth visit this year. Today was absolutely beautiful. Sunshine, blue skies, and temperatures near 80 degrees, but low humidity and a hint of coolness in the air. Our day began around 1:30AM. Gary had slept for awhile, but was eager to hit the road. He always likes to leave our house in the middle of the night. We headed down I-95, and stopped at a rest stop to get some more sleep. Usually at interstate rest stops, we end up next to noisy 18-wheelers. Not so this time. There was a HUGE motorhome next to us on one side, as you can see in the first two pics, and a U-Haul truck on the other side. The U-Haul left before daylight. It was nice and quiet, and we slept pretty well. We left the rest stop around 8AM, and headed to Paynes Prairie. It's only about 80 miles from home, so it was a fairly short ride. After checking in at the ranger station, we headed back to campsite #18 in the Puc Puggy Campground. We stayed in this campsite once before, and REALLY liked it. We've stayed in three different campsites here, and we like them all. Look at my face. Can you tell that you are looking at one majorly happy camper? Gary has explored the park here in the past, so I don't think he will be doing that this time. He's still healing from his eyelid surgery, and I won't let him do much, even if he wants to. I think he's going to be content to just hang out with me and enjoy the peace and quiet. We'll be here for three days and nights, and we plan to savor every minute of it.

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