Well, first of all, Squeaky is doing okay. She has absolutely no appetite though and we’re (me) having to “assist feed” her. I like that term better than “force feed.” She is on an appetite stimulant and Prednisolone, which should also help her appetite, but unfortunately nothing is helping. I don’t know what is causing it, but we’re doing our best to keep her nourished.
Caregiving is tiring and stressful, and I decided I wanted to get out of the house for a while, so we decided to go on a short trip on Saturday.
We bought a Thousand Trails membership at the Tampa Rv show last winter and we are entitled to 30 days of free camping at select parks. After we use our 30 days, we have unlimited camping at $3.00 a night. We have only been able to use about 12 nights so far.
One of the campgrounds we have access to, is called Peace River Campground. It is supposed to be a nice campground in a woodsy setting on the Peace River.
We decided to take the 100 mile drive down to the campground to check it out. We drove down to Arcadia, Florida and found the campground right away.
It was woodsy. The gravel roads were muddy and wet from a recent rain. It looked okay, but not great. It was a busy campground with lots of activity. It is in the city of Arcadia, Florida.
There were a lot of primitive sites along the river as well as full hook-up sites further away from the river. A lot of people make multi-day kayak trips, and camp along side the river.
When we went to the office, and got some literature, we noted the rates were $58 a night, and no mention of it being a Thousand Trails Park. A light bulb went off….this may not be the right Peace River Campground? Sure enough, there is another one in Wauchula, Florida. I guess we didn’t do our due diligence!
We eventually found the correct one, which is actually called Peace River Preserve, in Wauchula, Florida. It is a very nice campground and not quite as far away from Tampa.
The roads were paved, although not all of them in the greatest condition. The sites were not paved, and no concrete pads. We liked the sites in the rows from d-30 to f-1. They were in full sun, so the satellite would work. They would be nice in the winter months when appreciate the warmth from the sun.
Some sites were under trees and some were out in the open.
It was big rig friendly. There are sites with 20/30 amp with electric and water only, and about half the sites are 30/50 amp with full hook-ups. We liked the campground. It’s a little like a state park (our preferred) but has the full hook-ups we have come to love.
They have a nice boat/kayak launch onto the beautiful Peace River.
The usual sign you see around any Florida fresh water.
The river looked serene and beautiful and definitely made us want to kayak there. The water is dark reddish brown in color, due to the tannic acid from the Cypress trees.
There have been a lot of artifacts and fossils found in this river. In 1996 an entire mammoth fossil was found. It’s quite a diverse archeological area.
Here is an interesting site showing some of the artifacts that have been pulled from this river. Some fossils date back 50 million years. During this time, the sea level in Florida has risen and fallen many times, so you can find fossils for sea and land creatures.
Al found a Mastodon tooth many years ago on a dive in the Suwanee River. It was our first ever artifact dive and we never found anything like it again. This is a huge tooth that’s about 6 inches across. Pretty nice specimen, huh? The Mastodon lived some 40 million years ago, during the last ice age and became extinct about 10,000 years ago. No one knows what caused their extinction. They are a relative of the elephant.
Al’s Mastodon tooth
We didn’t have time to stay and explore very long, but we decided that the Peace River Preserve is our kind of campground, and we will be back. Since we got our new rig, we are having to make sure the places we choose are large enough. One of the trade offs of having a large rig, I guess.
After we got back home from our little jaunt, we spent the rest of the afternoon watching the tv series of Breaking Bad. It’s a great series and we are really enjoying it. It’s about a high school chemistry teacher who gets lung cancer. He has no health insurance and has to turn to “cooking meth” to pay his doctor bills. It’s very good, and kind of reminds me of Dexter, due to the strange twists and turns. We are on season 3.
Sunday, we spent checking out a few campgrounds in Zephyrhills for winter. There are a lot of campgrounds there and they are reasonably priced. We need to start thinking about trying to get a reservation though as they fill up quickly when the snowbirds start to come. I’m hoping there are still some sites available, as a lot of people make their reservations year to year. We want to go between Zephyrhills and some of our free Thousand Trails membership parks, but this may involve some reservations….and you know how we do when we try to reserve something.