OCALA NATIONAL FOREST
17.02.2017 75 °F
Last night was cold and long! It did get down to the upper 30's and damp.Sleeping on a cot has it's drawbacks and the main one is you get cold from the bottom. I know you always use a pad for cots but it's complicated and leave it there. Most of the night consisted of either warm and can't breathe or breathe and cold. None of this transfers to the beautiful day to come AFTER a couple of cups of strong coffee ☕️ then off we go to check out Alexander Springs nearby. Rented a kayak and paddled the beautiful stream for a couple of hours. This worked out better than doing the same at Juniper Springs where our camp is at. At Juniper the stream flows faster and you have to go seven miles or four hours to a pick up point which I'm not sure I can do with a healing bad back. Writing this at the Castaway Bar in the town named Astor which seems to be a cow and horse community with lots of friendly people. This place has a real airplane in front crashing with Christmas lights all over it I guess that's why it's call Castaway, everyone in the bar is from the plane ✈️. So many funny things in life if you look hard enough.
The head or boil of Juniper Springs, crystal clear, 72 degrees and swimable.
Beautiful old watermill built during the depression by the work corp.
Old fairy bridge.
This time I put sunscreen on my feet, learned the hard way.
Field of green on the water.
Beach at Alexander Springs. At the boil it's thirty feet deep and great for diving.
Great onion soup at Castaway
Sally, the service dog, was served the "doggie burger"at Castaway