Saturday, March 7, 2009
Maykka State Park
We woke up about 8:00 to discover it was 34 degrees. The heater had kept us warm in the sprinter as neither of us had woken up cold during the night. After a quick breakfast we were on our way south. Somewhere between Gainesville and Ocala spring arrived as all the trees had leafed out and the grass was green. We stopped at a rest area just south of Tampa for lunch and arrived at Myakka State Park about 1:30. Checking in with a reservation was easy and we found our campsite quickly. We are in the Big Flats Area – campsite 20. It looks out on the Dry Prairie across the road and the folks say the sunset is beautiful. We set up our screen tent over the table since we plan to be here 3 nights. It makes a nice little living area where we can place the picnic table, our chairs and hopefully if there are any bugs they will stay out. So far there have been no bugs – temperature around 70 and very pleasant. We walked down the road about ¼ mile to the camp store and area where they rent bikes, canoes, and have airboat and tram rides around the park. We are about 10 miles east of Sarasota and will plan for one day at the Ringling Museum, a day here at the park, and one exploring over along the coast. The camp store has a lovely balcony and Wi-Fi so we will be able to check email and hopefully I can post our adventures to the web. Not many adventures yet; but it has been a very pleasant trip.