Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Oscar Scherer State Park


This park is located on the Gulf coast (west) of Florida in Sarasota. It's a beautiful area with a lot of beautiful beaches nearby. The campground is located right in the middle of civilization so there are plenty of restaurants, and grocery stores very close. It’s a very popular campground primarily due to the location and close proximity to the beaches. We liked the park but we had a very bad experience with the rangers at the park. They made us wait to enter a vacant spot because they had to “clean” it. We weren’t able to check in until 3:30pm. A few of them had bad attitudes and it affected our view of the park.

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al & kayak on river

We stayed there in April of 2003. We had a great time but had a few bad experiences with the campground staff and never went back. Hopefully things have changed. It's an older park and the sites can be a bit small. The sites we liked best are: 51, 54, 48, 47, 49, 45,56,62, 58. The sites cost $24.42 per night.

There are 15 miles of trails through Florida "Scrub" and you WILL see the beautiful Florida Scrub Jay, especially if you put a peanut on top of your hat!

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This was our pet squirrel, Stumpy. Notice no tail! STUMPY2


One night after dark we kept hearing a very loud bird making an unusual noise..and lots of it. We finally were able to spot him with the help of a flash light. He was on the ground right in front of our campsite. He sang for a long time before he finally went to bed. It was a Screech Owl. We found him, or another like him the next morning and were able to get a photo from a good distance as he was high up in a tree by the bath house.


My tradition is to buy some cut flowers to bring while we are camping. I can’t have flowers at home because the cats can’t seem to stay out of them. These are some that I found for this trip. They lasted over 2 weeks and were the prettiest I ever had.

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