Thursday, July 23, 2015

Icheetucknee Springs Florida

I stayed for a week at Icheetucknee Springs Campground .  My boyfriend back home found it for me online.  I had left Cedar Key and ran into a bad rainstorm.  I was already tired and didn't know how much longer I would be able to see with darkness coming within an hour. My eyesight doesn't focus well at night, especially in the rain. Jim hopped on the internet and found me a campground between Cedar Key and Amelia Island, where I was headed to. I put my rig onto the berm and programmed the address into the Garmin.

I pulled down the long driveway of the campground just as it was getting dark. I was met out in the rain and followed a fellow in a golf cart.  He led me into a perfect spot. I didn't need electric since I am just fine with my solar power and battery and my rig is tiny so I was given a 10.00 spot. They had a lot of those tent spots I found out, they like to accommodate bike travelers and families on a budget.

Each site was wonderful and private.




The following morning the sun came out and I was able to see just how beautiful this place is. One of the fellows that worked at the camp drove by and talked to me about my little camper Serenity. I told him, yes, I did the artwork.  A while later the two lovely ladies that managed the place rode by and stopped to talk. They loved the dogs, I forgot to mention that the place is very pet friendly. They asked how long I was staying and I explained I was running low on money and would be leaving. Well, to make a long story short, I traded doing something I love to do, painting, for free camping. I was of course in my glory, getting to paint to my hearts desire.  This fence panel is outside the lodge and game room.

7 comments:

Pleinguy said...

I used to live nearby Ichetucknee Springs. Hope you got a chance to see them. That's a very laid back part of old Florida that few every see. Looks like you're enjoying the life.

Dragonfly said...

I was lucky enough to get a free guided tour via kayak of the springs. I don't know when I've seen more tutles

Anonymous said...

U really have a wonderful nomadic life, good for U !!

Dragonfly said...

Yes life is what you make of it anonymous not always easy but mine is free. Well at least freer than I have wvewe been

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Anonymous said...

Many, many years ago, when I was in high school in Lake City, Florida, my friends and I would swim in Ichetucknee Springs often. We would swim/float down from the main spring and then swim up into the Blue Hole. The current coming out of the Blue Hole was quite strong. Some could not do it. Back then there was nothing there, but an old rutted path barely passable by car to the main spring. The word was some guy in England owned the land. Also, Cedar Key is one of my favorite places to go in Winter. We camp at Shell Mound, a campground run by the County. I'm going in a week! Can't wait! Love your cards/paintings.

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