20 September 2011
Ginnie Springs Camping II
After my trip to Ginnie Springs, I was eager to go back for another float down the river. When Emily was back from Colorado we decided to make a weekend trip and show a mountain girl how to camp in summertime Florida. We selected the weekend that Hurricane Irene was supposed to make landfall on our coast but instead she steam plowed up the eastern seaboard and skipped Florida. This was perfect for our weekend plans so we set out on a Friday and arrived to a mostly empyt campground.
This was a drastically different experience than my last camping trip to Ginnie Springs. The campground was quiet and peaceful. We even found a campsite right by the Santa Fe with NO ONE in eyesight. It was amazing!
Scores of animal life was around us this time around. We saw a raccoon, a Gray Fox, Emily's lifer Prothonotary Warbler, and many other birds. Each morning a Carolina Wren would fly around our campsite singing joined by Tufted Titmouse and a White-eyed Vireo. Also by the fallen trees we found mushrooms and centipedes. My favorite non-bird sighting of the weekend was a striking Luna Moth by the bathrooms.
As always, it was a lovely camping trip with Ms. Lark. We spent our days lazily floating downstream and swimming in the springs. The perfect weekend getaway. I am in love a little with the springs of Florida. If you haven't been, they are nice any time of year. Refreshing to swim in during the summer and if you come to Florida in the winter they are the perfect refuge for Manatees. You can't go wrong either way.