12/28/18 Dunnellon-Ocala, FL

DAY #69

Had an excursion planned for the day and was eager to get to it, so eager in fact, I got up at 8:00 am. What was this excursion that motivated me enough to get up so early? I was taking an air boat tour around Lake Panasoffkee and the Lake Panasoffkee Wildlife Refuge. This was something I hadn’t done before and yea, I was looking forward to it.

The tour was through an outfit called Swamp Fever Air Boat Adventures and was located about 45 minutes away from the campground. It was a leisurely drive there and I made it with plenty of time to spare for the 10:30 am departure. There were a total of seven of us and the tour lasted for about 75 minutes, as we crossed the northern part of the lake and went into the backwaters of the wildlife refuge. It was a fun and interesting experience.

At full throttle, it can get loud.
Cloudy & humid, and 80 degrees…Nice
It’s a big lake.
Water levels in the lake and swamps is high for this time of year.
Going into the backwaters.
You have to look to see them…They see you.
You have to look hard to find these critters.
Most of the gators are juveniles, this is an older and way bigger one.

Took the long way back and stopped at a couple of places I rail against (Walmart & McDonald’s). The plan was to get back to the park and hookup the water. After reading the manual for the water heater, I was still confused about starting it. There seems to be a fair number of RV places around, I’ll check into it tomorrow.

It was a good day in Central Florida.

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