02/02/19 Palmdale, FL.

DAY #105

Another lazy day in store. It’s really nice to just hang out and watch the world go bye, especially with temps in the upper 70s.

The one thing I accomplished today, was to fill and rinse the fresh water tank. Now I just need to check the water pump and if it’s a go, I’m ready to head back into the woods (OK, I’m a little reluctant) and do some primitive camping.

As I thought, the RVs, trailers, and tents arrived last night and filled the campsite up. I have to say that even with a full house, the noise from the other campers were almost absent. The only real noise you hear, is from the cars and trucks on the highway that runs just outside the campground, that and the occasional train that runs parallel to the road, that runs parallel to the campground.

It’s a decent campground. It’s well laid out and has full hookups, including sewer. The bathrooms and showers are within walking distance and are clean. I’ve become spoiled, it is so nice to have these aminities.

At one time the campground was privately owned and operated by a family that looks to still hold a lot of property in the area. At some point, the area was bought by the state of Florida. They kept the campground open and turned the rest of the land into a wildlife management area.

It’s a nice site in a nice area, I’m glad (and fortunate) to have the opportunity to spend some time here.

02/01/19 Palmdale, FL

DAY #104

Wow, it’s already February, the time is going by so fast. Last week the temperatures were cool down here (Florida), but this week looks nice, highs in the upper 70s, oh yea, I like that.

Noticed this morning that a lot of the other campers had left, sure gave the campground a different look, its almost spacious. I’ll enjoy it while I can, I’m sure all these sites will be filled by evening.

Today was get acquainted to the area day. I drove up to Lake Placid and back, taking in the views along the way. Lake Placid is 28 miles north of the site and you can get there by four lane highway (its an easy drive). It was neat seeing the orange groves that dotted both sides of the road. One thing I’ve noticed is the campsite is somewhat isolated, you’re 15-20 miles from the closet town.

The road runs straight and true.

Lake Placid is a small city located in a area dotted with lakes. The lakes run the gamut in size, from ponds all the way up to the 27,000 acre, lake Istokpoga. It’s a nice oasis.

One of the many lakes in the area.

One thing that stood out as I gave the town the ‘once over’ was a 240 ft tower rising from the ground. Evidently, it had been built back in the 60s as an attraction and included a couple of observation points. Interesting, but apparently it never took off. Today it’s only function is to serve as a cell phone tower.

It’s an interesting area worthy of further exploration.