Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Friday, February 15, 2013

Lake Manatee

We arrived at Lake Manatee on Wednesday January 23rd. The move went smooth and the weather was good as well.  We liked the park almost as soon as we drove in. We found our site and backed the rig in without to much trouble.  The site was private and had trees all around too.  We kinda like that kind of campsite. Our site wasn't a full hookup so we went to check out the shower house and we thought they were nice too. Very clean.
         We weren't here very long when a knock came at our door it was a ranger inviting us to a thing.(carry in and a movie) We didn't go cause we had already made dinner plans. One thing I can say about this campground is its FRIENDLY!!! The park is close to town for necessities but far enough away to feel very private.  The park has lots of walking or hiking. There is lots of geocaching too.
We had a couple visitors that kept coming to visit...they would tap tap tap on the back window. It took us awhile to figure out what that noise was...It was a female cardinal that would sit on the ladder then fly into the window and tap. We noticed the male was up in the tree watching her. It happened everyday. I kinda liked it, others complained about the redbirds
They have a Saturday morning coffee at the campground hosts...we went to that and met lots of friendly folk. We met some fellow kayakers and took a day trip to Robinson Preserve which wasn't to far away.  It was a really pretty area but we didn't do very well with our fishing. We also made a trip to a flea market that had really good produce...yummy strawberries. Also we stopped at a family farm were you can pick your strawberries standing up.  They had sweet corn that was really yummy. 
      The weather while we were here was great..sunny and warm most days.  We really liked the feel of this park, and again the place was so friendly. It was so comfortable and welcoming. We found a church that was just down the road and we both loved it. It was big but that didn't matter because  we loved the music and the message. We felt very good there. We have had some great experiences here and we didn't really want to leave but we know there will be more great places and parks to come.