08 Jan 2006 Sunday

A chilly morning with a beautiful sunrise and birds singing.  Woodpeckers are everywhere.  We hiked out south to loop around past an old rock bridge and then back to our truck for lunch.  After lunch, we hiked out to see what the other campsites looked like at Rock Bluff, the ones with a porta-potty.  These are nice sites, high on a bluff overlooking the Apalachicola River.  We hiked back through the campgrounds and took a shower before heading out.  We left the park close to dark.  It was kind of funny that a little park we stopped at on a whim kept us busy for two days!  

We continue east to boondock near Lake City, Florida, in the Osceola National Forest, at the junction of  I-10 and I-75.  While driving along the forest service roads we noticed a lot of standing water.  Not a  good sign.  We’ve used this area to primitive camp before, but our usual sites could be flooded or inaccessible.  We found a campground (Ocean Pond Campground), but it was full, probably with hunters.  We finally found a dry spot to park for the night on one of the side roads.  It was a late night for us, we’ve been going from sunrise to sunset, sometimes in bed by 7:30 or 8pm.  

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