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

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Lake Louisa State Park

We arrived on February 6th. We didn't have a problem finding the place. It was really unique in its own way. It was close to downtown and anything you wanted to do, but after you drove in the park it was like another world. We found our spot and backed in. I think we had one of the best spots, it was private because of the shrubs but had people on both sides. The weather why we were here was mostly warm and blue sky's but it did rain a day and the weather chilled for awhile.There were a number of different lakes. In the campground there was Dixie Lake and Hammond Lake and both had fishing piers.

We put the kayaks in the Hammond lake and tried fishing. We didn't do any good with that so we rode our bicycles to Lake Louisa and it was a beautiful sight. They had a wonderful place to walk where you would walk through some orange groves and the smell was wonderful. The biking there was really nice as well and we saw plenty of people taking advantage of that.

We were in an area were we could get together with some old friends from school. We haven't talked to them in ages and we called them and we drove over to there house. It was so nice to catch up with Paul & Jann. They have a beautiful home and it was so nice to visit and see what's happened in there lives.

We spent most of our time here walking, biking and relaxing. We found a really nice movie theater and we took advantage of that a couple of times. When we were driving home from the movies and on our way back to the campsite we saw something in the road, after getting closer we saw that it was a HUGE rattlesnake.... I didn't have a camera but Jeff took a picture with a phone. It was at least 6 feet long and so thick...yuck. We had planned on hiking but that experience kinda changed our plans.

We were here on valentines day so we drove over to Kissimee to Krispy Kreme.. Yum!! and to make the valentines day better we hit Starbucks as well. On the way back home we saw a stand on the side of the rode and we actually found a alligator head for Ashton.

We also found a church we both loved. It was called real life and the funniest thing happened they had a guest speaker and that's why Jeff picked it. Long story short it was suppose to be Pastor Randy's brother from Bayside but an emergency came up and so Pastor Randy preached from Bayside it was AWESOME!!!!

On the way home we got a call from our friend Paul and he and Jann came to our place for a visit, again a wonderful time. That's what's so nice about this you can reconnect with people you haven't seen for awhile.

Our last big adventure was a trip to Dade City to the park...Wild Things. We signed up for tiger encounter which meant we would be able to pet a baby tiger. We took a trolley to the park and the walking tour was really nice you got to get close up and really learn about each animal. The tiger encounter was my favorite and we got to pet and play with the baby tiger named Meg...LOVED that!

Lake Louisa was another really nice state park and we would come back here again. The park was clean, quiet and close to anything you would want to do. Even the theme parks aren't that far away. We really enjoyed our time spent here.