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JUNIPER SPRINGS

Ocala National Park

sunny 80 °F

DAY 3

The worse is over. Last night was not as cold as the night before. Rather than trying to cook breakfast while is still frost in the morning, we went back to Pineapple Pam's for their superb breakfast. Today we were going to check out Salt Springs State Park for camping next year. We found just a field of camp sites, not at all the kind of place we want to stay. We appreciate Juniper Springs so much better, noise and all. Trying to get John to swim at the springs here is useless. It's funny he can talk about doing that all year, but when he actually can, he chickens out. But today, he found a mermaid, a very striking orange hair heavy set young lady with her mermaid suit and fins. I think if he had known she was going to be there, he would have gotten his bathing suit and do synchronizing swimming with her. LOL!

I was lucky enough to capture the image of the allusive Juniper Springs mermaid
not really just a overweight crazy lady doing her thing.
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One of two guitar players I met on my walk. We played some tune together.
Scared the crap 💩 out of him cutting through the bush to get to his campsite.
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Crashing airplane in front of the Castaway Bar And Grill.
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DAY 4

Last day at Juniper Springs turned out to be quite interesting. Took off this morning after a nice rainy night and morning, nothing like a hard rain and a dry tent for a good nights sleep. We stoped at Pineapple Pams for another wonderful breakfast on the way to check out Silver Springs State Park. The reason for this excursion is that we will be coming back from Hillsboro and will be staying there for a weeks and definitely want power in case it gets cold again. As it turns out, it is a great place and there's a gym and fine restaurants near by, not out in the middle of nowhere like where we are now. Feeling great about our decision we came back to Juniper Springs and went for a walk. On this walk Mary and I came upon one of the guitar players I met earlier so we joined him and found out he is one of the New Christy Minstrels . What a wonderful surprise and he even played some of his new music from his upcoming cd. Mary's night was complete when he sang "Today" to her. Greg O'Haver is his name and he is on a solo tour all around Florida so we hope to cross tacks with him later. Lots of stories about Barry McGuire (Eve Of Destruction), John Denver, Randy Sparks and Steve Martin. We were not particularly fond of this campground, but meeting Greg O'Haver made it all worthwhile. I wish I got his picture but at the time it just didn't seem appropriate.

Greg O'Haver from The New Christy Minstrels graciously shared some of his music and stories with us.
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Land Tortoise, Wild Turkey and Alligator in the park near our campsite
wonder what's out there that I don't see.
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"China Lee" was Mary's handle on our C.B. radio so we just had to eat
at this restaurant in Silver Springs.
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Posted by Bananawind2016 17:26 Archived in USA

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