First of all, I am way behind on posting.
On May 17th we took off to the Dunellen Trail. This was a nice, but short (about 2.5 miles) ride; worth the trip. I took some great pictures and this is what I wanted to share today. What better subjects than what we see on our journeys.
Since my surgery and the cold weather we haven’t gotten to do a lot biking. But a break in the chill creates a brief opportunity to visit the Greenway. Jim gave Kaelin the go ahead to be the leader today. And of course where does he head us – the playground. The best part of many bike trails is the playground and the Greenway in Ocala is no exception. This playground is very popular. A wonderful stop for a little boy to burn off energy, a mom and dad to rest, and of course photo opportunities.
A warm breeze, sea oats rustling in the wind and sounds from the beach greet us this morning. It is a lovely, sunny Father’s Day. Jim is spending it lazing away, just the way it should be.
We spent the morning drinking coffee and eating my famous Crescent cinnamon rolls (Jim’s favorite.) Outside of our camper window we spied the resident iguana. Perhaps he spied us? We watched him awhile, eating our rolls and wondering if mosquitoes were a real problem back in Henry Flagler’s day. Our guess is probably not. We believe that with development the creatures that ate pesky mosquitoes became less while unfortunately mosquitoes still manage to reproduce in the thousands.
Fortunately, with the ocean breeze we are not swarmed with mosquitoes, just a few and a few no see-ums. As it is rather warm we did forego our planned morning bicycle ride and are seriously thinking about swimming time. Perhaps! Or maybe we will just continue to sit here and laze away. After all isn’t that what today is all about?
We arrived at Long Key State Park mid afternoon on Tuesday. Today is Friday and I’m wishing I never had to leave this park. It is truly amazing. Our camper butts right up to the water. The water is shallow for yards and yards out. It is warm and clear and underneath is a world that I would never had guessed was there.
Snorkeling seems to be the prevalent past time here and for good reason. Because of the shallow warm water even young children can safely swim and snorkel. Myself I have always had a deep fear of going under water. I watched Jim last year go under in his mask and snorkel and was so jealous. This year he talked me into going to a dive shop and trying on prescription masks. The guy at Discount Dive in Marathon, the first shop we went to, was very kind and helpful. I explained my situation and he told me how to ease into it. We didn’t buy from him however only because the mask he had didn’t fit quite like the one I ended up buying from Tilden’s Dive Shop / Hawk’s Cay Resort Marina.
Once I became comfortable with the mask and snorkel I truly fell in love with this place, because not everything is visible to the unmasked eye. I will hopefully later be able to post some pictures I took with Jim’s underwater camera. I will save that for a later post.
I would recommend this park for anyone looking to really relax and have fun. There are about 50 sites, some just for tents and others for campers. They aren’t extremely deep but we had very little trouble backing in and setting up. Be aware the sites are sandy.
Anyone that knows us also knows that we love biking. There is a bike trail that runs off and on throughout the keys. The one that runs in front of Long Key State park is a little run down but from what we could tell they are working on repaving the trails. At least in parts of the keys they are. Hopefully the one here is on the list. We have only ridden in the park so far but perhaps we can ride later today and have a more positive report on the trail than what we can see from the road.
The only other real negatives are sand spurs and no see ums. Definitely bring some Avon Skin So Soft as that does work. Bring a fan to set up outside too to help deter the little buggers. Otherwise ENJOY!