Sunday, February 22, 2009

Camp Lemora to Manatee Springs state park

Our Manatee Springs site

 It's not supposed to be real warm today, but it was 10C in the early morning today, a LOT better than the 1C yesterday. It's supposed to be a cloudy day but no rain. Good for us vacationers but bad for Florida farmers. Some areas have wildfires burning, and we've seen lots of irrigation sprayers going.

We were on our way by 9:30. It was 19C by then. It was an uneventful trip to Manatee Springs, we like that. Alan (my cousin) called to say they had left the Everglades and were working their way home, with a stop at their friends in Virginia. 

We arrived at site #72 about 12:30, a lovely big quiet site. Lots of different birds to watch right from our site - cardinals, woodpeckers, catbirds, vultures etc. 

We took a bike ride to the boardwalks, and walked along the edge of Manatee Springs, down to the nearby Suwanee River. We saw several deer and 3 manatee backs.

The main spring

Manatee roll around here, it's connected to the Suwanee River

You can just see something moving in the above video clip. Those are manatee.

Sometimes the Springs area gets flooded.

This waterway connects the Springs area with the river

The Suwanee River




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