Wednesday, April 12, 2017

South to North Part I

After spending a few days in Ft. Myers, Florida with Michael's father and brothers, we headed to Tampa for a visit with family, my sister and brother-in-law, Linda and David.  

David with some of his large orchid collection.

Linda cooking for us...again!

One of Linda's friends, whom we never met, left a gift for us.  It was perfect:

While in Tampa, we had to find a place to camp each night as Linda's neighborhood doesn't allow parking on the street overnight.  So we alternated between Walmart and Cracker Barrel.  And who knew birding could be so good in a restaurant parking lot!

Wood stork

Great egret with some breeding plumage.

White ibis.

It was time to head north, so once again we headed to Ocala National Forest.  Since Lake Eaton didn't have potable water or a dump station, a fellow camper told us about another Ocala campground a short distance away that had both the dump station and water.  This campground at Fore Lake was larger with roomier campsites, so we ended up camping there for a couple of nights.  It also gave us the opportunity to continue our unsuccessful search for the elusive red-cockaded woodpecker, and once again, no luck finding this bird!!

Next stop, Georgia!