Published: February 5th 2013February 3rd 2013
Ft Desoto County Park
We woke to the alarm at 7:03 am, had coffee and proceeded to pack up the camper. I have been here for 2 weeks so there are things all over that need stowing. It wasn’t too long before the chairs were inside, the rug swept and snug in the bottom compartment. Some larger items found a home in the car and I was ready to start unplugging and saying good-bye. There were hugs for Ginnie, Joanne and Kat who were all leaving today also, everyone going someplace different. Dee and I are headed for Fort DeSoto County Park near St Petersburg. It is about a 2 hour drive through orange groves again then into the hustle and bustle of the big city.
We left about 10:15 with no hassle hooking up the car and were on the road looking forward to the next adventure.
About 12:30 we found our way to the isolated road that led to the small island that would be home for the next 3 nights. I checked in, got all the lowdown of how this place works and we found our campsite, unhooked the car, backed in and
were settled in 10 min.
Our spot was fabulous. Right on the water, overlooking mangroves with lots of wildlife.
I spotted a bird in the water with something shiny in it’s mouth so I grabbed my camera and went to investigate. It was a cormorant, snake bird, with a fish in it’s mouth trying to swallow it.. The fish was huge, like a dinner plate and the bird could get the head in but the rest was not budging. After several tries the fish met his fate and was devoured but not completely. The whole process took several minutes, then the bird started shaking himself, Dee and I thought to get the fish the rest of the way down. Wow, what a job! Picture.
We got the chairs out and sat for a few minutes when a great blue heron came to visit. He was so close to us, maybe hoping for a handout. He posed for so many pictures even I said enough. The lighting was perfect and he stood like a statue, great time for me. Picture
Then we hoped in the car to go exploring the area, find the beachs, the canoe rental
place, and then on to the dog beach. Oscar really needed a place to run around and let off some energy. There were too many dogs there, many pit bulls, so we decided to just sit on a quiet spot and enjoy the view. A little boy came and talked to Dee, gave her some shells, and explained how they had come from Alaska and just got a dog 2 months ago. He was a cutie.
Back at the campsite we decided to have a cocktail then head to town for dinner and a place to see the superbowl. We found the best little bar with 10 or12 Tvs and a very enthusiastic crowd. We had a delicious dinner and lots of fun shouting and cheering for our team. After the halftime show we decided to finish the game in the camper, came home and couldn’t find the right channel. After much ado we got it thinking we had missed everything to discover that there was a power outage at the stadium and we didn’t miss a thing. The end was really exciting and our team won so all was well.
Off to sleep.
There are more photos below