Road Trip

A few days have passed since our last post and we thought we should bring you up to date. There hasn’t been that much going on but we did have an enjoyable Christmas day and today we went on a road trip.

Christmas was a wonderfully beautiful day. It was warm with the sun shining and in the middle of the afternoon we had a very delicious Christmas dinner. On the menu was Turkey, Ham, Dressing, Sweet Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetables and gravy. We dined with 300 of our closest friends. No, our Facebook friends were not here. This was a dinner organized by the full-time residents of the park and those in the park were invited. All we needed to do was bring a desert and our table service.

When I picked up the dinner tickets I was told it would be all right to buy something at the local Winn Dixie grocery store. Bev and I didn’t think that was right so Bev came up with Puff Wheat cake and Haystack cookies. We needed to go to the store to get some ingredients and whipped up these delicious treats in no time. We packed up our plates and utensils along with a plate with the desert and off we went.

The dinner was held in the clubhouse. When I placed our dessert plate at the desert table I realized why I was told to bring a small desert. The main course items were served from 4 tables, the deserts were on 10 tables. There was everything you could imagine in the way of deserts. Cakes, cookies, pies, and fruit salads abound. Wow! Today, Bev mentioned that the only thing wrong with our Christmas dinner was that on Boxing Day we couldn’t have Hot Turkey sandwiches. But it was still an excellent meal as we waddled back to our campers to either have nap or take a walk.

We are getting used to lounging around the camper and not getting much done so today we took a road trip. We packed a lunch and headed out to Cedar Key. Cedar Key is about 50 miles north-west of Williston. Within an hour we were looking out over the Gulf of Mexico. We drove around this typical resort town and couldn’t find a parking spot anywhere near the public pier so we weren’t able to visit the shops. Real estate seems to be at a premium with most people getting around by walking, golf cart or bicycle.

There wasn’t a beach that we could sit and have our lunch so we moved on to Manatee Springs State Park which was only a few more miles up the coast. We had tried to get camping space at this park. There are two camping loops. One is more rustic, includes water and electricity (no sewer) and is designed for smaller campers. The other loop would accommodate larger campers but it is being rebuilt and won’t be open until next summer. There is a very nice picnic area near the springs. This is where we ate our lunch.

At the headwaters of the spring, people were swimming. The water was cool but very inviting as there were at least four Manatees in the pool. It was cool to see these gentle giants in the water. Unfortunately photographing things underwater is very difficult so there isn’t much to show. I am sure those families that were in the water will have stories to tell and memories that will last a lifetime.

Between 35 and 150 million gallons of crystal clear water flow from this spring everyday toward the Suwannee River. There is a boardwalk that follows along the spring run which overlooks the swampland and allows you to see the interesting landscape. We have a few photos of this area.

After our visit, we headed back to Williston with a quick trip to Winn Dixie for a few groceries. We also drove by Williston Peanuts Inc. Our neighbour had mentioned them and we thought we should check them out. As they were closed today (Sunday), I think we will have to go back during the week and see what they have to offer.

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