23.02.2017 80 °F
It was somewhat a non-eventful drive from Juniper Springs to HILLSBOROUGH River State Park. But once we got to Our destination, the work begins with setting up the tent. When the work is finally done, we sat and cool off with a beer. John started playing his penny whistle, and within minutes we were joined by a guitarist, saxophone, and flutist. They said nothing was going on until we got there. I guess that's a compliment. We had a great time and a good start to a new place.
Instantaneous gathering of fellow camping ⛺️ musicians
It's nice to come across so many nice interesting fellow travelers throughout our trip.
After having coffee and hot cereal at camp, we were ready to do some hiking. We chose a 1.2 miles scenic river rapid trail. It is a beautiful trail along the river with zen like trees and rocks. We got lost so the excursion was more like 2 1/2 miles. I felt pretty good that my legs didn't give out on me. I haven't walked that long for years.
Hiking the "Rapid River Trail" which should be called "Rapid Confusion Trail"
John: It seems this year's winter ❄️ trip I'm always getting lost, even at a outlet mall so getting lost with Mary this time made it ok, it's not just me losing my mind. Rested for the afternoon and headed for Planet Fitness. Glad there's a gym we can go to in the evening.
"Listen to the music 🎶 of the falling rain ☔️ Telling me what a fool I've been" The yen and yang of camping ⛺️.Good sunny ☀️ weather, sometimes hot and wet rainy weather, sometimes cold and damp.Like on a sailing ⛵️ excursion you simply have to take what Mother Nature gives you and deal with it and enjoy 😊 the moment the best you can. We are presently on down time the last hour waiting to go to the potluck camping party 🎉 . Got our veggie and dip platter ready to go. If no one or very few show up because of the hard rain ☔️ falling right now we're off to Tampa to hear a singer 👨🎤 at James Joyce Irish 🍀 Pub, can't lose either way. Right now I want to run 🏃 out to the truck for some pumpkin 🎃 beer but it may be raining ☔️ too hard and almost time to go.
Food and people were great at the party 🎉 BUT..we were told by the ranger and others that the pub we were to go to is in historic Ybor City which is a dangerous area after dark with a lot of crime. We've been to a lot of dive bars but this sounds like a good warning ⚠️ and need to just stay back until tomorrow afternoon then go. So tonight is reading 📖 and radio 📻 night for us then a good sleep 😴.