Manatees at last

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
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Trip End May 04, 2013


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Where I stayed
Clearwater Travel Park
What I did
Manatees Man...

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Friday, February 8, 2013

We made it to a private RV Park in Clearwater, but it wasn't easy.  The roads were good, but we never got out of town.  It's a steady stream of towns, one after the other.  The highway was four to six lanes of traffic.  I have to say that this is the worst traffic we've encountered in all of our miles on the road.  We must have encountered over a hundred traffic lights in the hundred and thirty miles.  I'd estimate that we stopped at fifty of them.  That, actually, was the easy part.  When we got to within a couple of miles of the park, we hit serious construction the really messed up the plan.  We had to make a U-turn, but didn't have adequate room.  We ended up going into a neighborhood and turning around through an office parking lot.  Finally, I got so frustrated that we stopped for lunch in an empty church lot.  Peanut butter, pickle and mayonnaise helped to save the day.  I called the park and the woman told us how to get there.  She said that they usually tell folks how to do that when they call in for reservations.  Hmmm, don't remember that happening, but what could I say?


On a more positive note, we took the walk this morning to the manatee viewing area and clearly saw three of them.  I got some shots, one of them of a cow and calf pair.  There were five in the area grazing.  A fellow there told me that the black birds that were nearly everywhere are, in fact, Black Vultures.  I had a feeling, as I mentioned earlier in the blog.  I got several shots, but have yet to check them out and do any sorting or editing.  I'll post them after I finish this, since we have good internet here.


Since it's my birthday, we went out to dinner at a Pizza place and had some excellent Chicago pizza.  We had the house special.  I won't go into the ingredients, just suffice it to say it was the best I've had in many moons.


We're in the warmer zone now with the temperature getting up to seventy-seven today.  It still cools down well at night, so sleeping will be a pleasure, I'm sure.


Lynn got the laundry done while I sat out and got some sun.  Does that sound right?  Anyway, it worked.  Tomorrow we'll visit a Costco just down the road for supplies.  It's dark now and cool.  I'm looking forward to a quiet eve.  I've just entered my seventy-second year and so far, it looks pretty dang good.
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Bonnie on

Happy birthday Ralph!

Ruthie on

Birthday pizza, yum.

ferdie on

Glad you had a GOOD day ole friend! Whose counting anyway? Hugs.....

Debbie Shea on

Happy Belated Birthday.
I was in Clearwater several years ago for a conference. Very nice!!

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