Wesley Chapel, Florida (high 92, low 67
Our two weeks at Kissimmee Prairie ended yesterday and we are back in civilization.
We’re staying just north of Tampa in an Rv park we had never stayed at before. We have a perfectly level double concrete pad. That is a nice change from the sandy site at the prairie. I’m going to have to work on removing all the sand and dirt from the motor home this week. Not to mention bugs. It seems like we picked up some small black bugs, but I am not a bit worried about them, because Baxter is taking care of them for us. He absolutely loves to catch bugs. I’m just hoping we didn’t bring home any mice. After hearing about a mouse chewing a hole in Judy’s Sea Eagle Kayaks, I’m a bit nervous about that.
Christine and Stan left Saturday. We sure enjoyed meeting them, and we learned a lot from them. Thanks guys! These were people we would never have met if not for this blog.
It was odd going on our Saturday evening and Sunday morning drive and not seeing them. They live in the Tampa Bay area so we may see them again. It turns out Stan is a charter boat captain, so we may go out fishing with him some day.
Our last evening drive along the prairie roads was a little dull. We didn’t see much. Maybe the critters knew Chris and Stan had left.
There are some cattle least properties along the park roads. Black Angus anyone?
I had second thoughts about eating beef after seeing them peeing in their water pond while they were having a drink.
We did see what Al thinks is a baby Water Moccasin. Again, this was taken from the safety of the truck.
We got some beautiful sunset photos.
Friday night we saw a large Owl sitting on a fence post. It was pitch dark by then so I didn’t get a photo. Al was determined to see the owl again and for me to get a picture. I told him, no, it was impossible, it was just too dark.
Al was determined that I get this picture though, so he brought along a spot light the next night.
Yeah, right Al, this owl is going to be in the exact same spot he was in last night and sit there long enough for you to shine a spotlight on him…..and for me to take a picture. Not hardly!
Well, guess what?
Meet Mr. Barred Owl. He is a big guy.
Boy, did I have to eat my words!
That owl was not on the exact same fence post, but it was just right across the street, and he did sit there long enough for Al to shine the spot light on him and for me to snap 4 pictures. This is the best of the pictures. It’s a little blurry, but under the circumstances, I was happy.
Okay, Al, you were right. I was wrong!
( you had better enjoy those words…they might not come again soon)
We certainly enjoyed our stay at Kissimmee Prairie. We are already planning a trip back in October during the fall bird migration. We had thought about doing some volunteer work for them, but it doesn’t appear they are in need of anybody right now.