Manatee Springs State Park
The weather today was perfect. High 70 with plenty of sunshine! We decided to mix a little business with pleasure so we showered and went into Chiefland to do our laundry. We ate a late lunch at Bar-B-Q Bill's. We both had a barbeque sandwich. It was good, but not as good as Jim and Nick's pull pork sandwich back home. We returned to the campground around 2:00 pm and walked down to the Suwannee River to look for manatee. We didn't see any, but we did see an otter and five deer. We talked to some local campers about various Florida campgrounds. We are always open to hear others opinions about what they enjoy in the way of campgrounds. We biked about three miles out to the front gate to pay for another day. We are enjoying the campground and the entire area. The park is completely filled tonight. We were reminded how blessed we are to have a short camper (27 ft) when a 40 footer got turned away today. Most of the Florida parks won't accommodate the very long motorhomes or fifth wheels. We had so much lunch that we only had a snack of cheese and crackers for dinner then headed to bed.
This is a beautiful park and very well maintained. The sites are sand, but mostly all level. There are several concrete walkways to the restrooms/bathhouses. The restrooms are not heated, which is not great for the winter, but big ceiling fans make the summer shower more tolerable. When we arrived at our site, it had been raked clean of all hickory nuts and leaves. There is a hiking trail system as well as bike paths.
These little guys are white-tails and were down on the ground below the boardwalk as we were walking out to the river.
We saw this little otter in the spring run. The park attendant told us he lives there.
On our bike ride we saw three more deer. There must have a huge population here, since we have already seen 13.