Saturday, January 3, 2015

Onwards To Silver Springs

I was REALLY bummed out that we had to leave Paynes Prairie yesterday. It's always so relaxing and comfortable there, and it gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling more than any park we go to. But all good things must come to an end, and our ten day stay was over. We packed up and headed south to our next place to camp, but once we got into Ocala, we stopped first at the Wildwood Antique Mall. It is a 30,000 square foot playhouse for Gary, and one of his favorite antique stores anywhere. He never leaves there empty handed, and this time was no exception. He found four things that he simply HAD to have. Dodge and I waited patiently in the parking lot. After a couple of hours, we were back on the road for the short drive to Silver Springs State Park. This is our third visit to Silver Springs. We actually finished our camping season last year at this park. Gary picked out a better campsite for us than the ones we previously had here. We are in campsite #21 in the Sharpes Ferry camping loop. This campsite could easily accommodate the most massive of motorhomes or fifth wheels. I am like a drop in the ocean, so to speak. Gary didn't pick it for it's size. That really doesn't matter to us. He picked it for it's privacy and close proximity to the restrooms, and for those reasons, he definitely picked a GREAT spot. There is almost no visibility of the adjoining campsites, and there's only one campsite between us and the immaculately clean restrooms. My sadness for leaving Paynes Prairie subsided a little bit once I got here and got settled in. It's nowhere near as great as Paynes Prairie is, but it sure is prettier than looking at the four walls of my garage at home. This will do just fine for our 5-night stay. Not all of the campsites here at Silver Springs have a separate tent pad, but our does. It also has a pedestal grill and the typical fire ring and picnic table that are found everywhere we go. It's a nice campsite for sure. Gary will probably hit the other antique stores in town while we're here, and I think that we may have some company too. That's always nice. If time allows, I'll send Gary out to take some pictures of the rest of the park. He always likes to explore and take pictures without any coaxing from me. As I write this, it's 81 degrees here. It's January 3rd, and I'd like to know where the heck winter is. It doesn't look like we're going to find out the answer to that question until we camp further north. Oh well. At least it isn't raining!

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