Florida’s Closed


First is was the Bicycle store that was closed.

This time it’s a Federal Wildlife Refuge.2016010812361724

We seem to keep bumping into places that are closed.  I know it’s purely coincidental but it’s still fun to consider Florida, Closed for the Winter. 😉😉

Cedar Key Under Clouds

Friday’s forecast was for SUN and 75º.  We saw neither of those (a few minutes of sun, but nothing to write home about) but the forecast was enough to get us out of the coach and on the road for some exploration.

I had considered an RV park in the Cedar Key area — before finding out they were fully booked in January. It turns out that I’m glad that was the case.  I wasn’t overly thrilled with the place as we drove by — too tight quarters.  But that’s ok — we’re good where we are for now.

I’m sure some of you will think I missed a wonderful photo op.  There was a Mustang rally in town while we were there.  With at least 50 new and vintage ‘Stangs I’m sure some guys would have been happy drooling for hours.  As for me,  the smell of unburnt gasoline and non-catalytic-converted exhaust made me sick to my stomach.  So we got out of there in a hurry.

If you’re looking for a quiet, off the grid campground you might want to consider the Lee County Shell Mound Campground.  They take no reservations and we got ZERO Verizon / Data signal but for about $10.00 a night for electric, and $15.00 a night for electric & water this little campground with about 20 sites is a hermit’s dream.  There’s a campground host, and a boat launch ramp too.  Take the turn off for the Shell Mound section of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge from Cedar Key to find it.

 

 

Lower Suwannee NWR

map-LowerSuwannee01Seeing as the headquarters office was closed we didn’t spend much time here.  However, not what we know where it is, and that there’s a nice long auto route that we’ll take with camera and tripod and a packed lunch when we get a sunny day in the forecast.

This is considered swamp and “scrub” territory.  I’m not quite sure how to define “scrub” other than to say there aren’t a lot of trees able to remain upright with so much water on their feet and such a poor grip on earth for their toes… 🙂

It was nice to see as many people out birding and fishing and enjoying the refuge though.   Considering where it is and the fact that we have seen far fewer visitors at refuges much easier to access than this, it was nice to see.

I’ll post more images when we return.

And there you have it.  We haven’t yet been here a full week but we’ve nosed around a little and even without great weather we’re having a nice time.  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.

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6 Comments

  1. Lower Suwannee is an area we have repeatedly driven by, but have yet to stop and spend some time at. We look forward to exploring there in the future. Until then, it will be great to see your take on it, PeterI

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  2. We have stayed at Sunset Isle in Cedar Key twice and even though the sites are tight we really enjoyed being there. We made the drive through the refuge one day and have walked on the trails at the shell mounds. We made other day trips, went kayaking, and on boat tours of the Cedar Keys. We really enjoy that part of Florida. Glad to know about the Lee County campground at the Shell Mound. Will put that on my list for future reference.

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    1. Sunset Isle was certainly busy! Clearly there are a lot of folks to whom the park appeals. Peg and I never claimed to be your average RV’ers. There are a lot of parks that seem really popular that just don’t appeal to us.

      When we get a little sunnier day and a little less blustery I know we’ll be back over there.

      The trail at Shell mound looks quite nice and there were at least 6 or 7 cars parked in the lot so it was getting used. I was a little disappointed that the headquarters wasn’t open — the brochure doesn’t say how long the autoroute is and I’m sure we’ll spend a day just there.

      The Lee County campground is such a lovely place. If you don’t need to worry about connectivity it’s a sweet little hidden gem. But there is zero Verizon phone and zero Verizon data out there. Just saying.

      Then again, here in Ocala North I get a decent Verizon data signal but my cell signal goes up and down from 3 bars to 1 bar. What’s up with that? 🙂 🙂

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