Happy road warriors again with our 2-hour, 76 mile trip northwest to Apopka and Wekiwa Springs State Park. With only 10 miles of the trip on I-95, the remainder on 2-lane state and county roads, one doesn’t zoom along at 65mph the entire time, but that’s our preference anyway.
Here’s a few stats- first, about our travels so far:
- Miles driven since Annie joined the clan: 3,150
- Gals diesel purchased: 383
- Highest fuel price paid: $3.79 in PA in Sept and CT in Nov
- Lowest fuel price paid: $2.76 believe it or not in the Keys on Jan 31 right as prices were about to creep up
- Amount of time driving in snow or rain: precious little and all of it prior to Dec 3
About Wekiwa Springs State Park:
- 42 million gals of clear water flow each day from the two fissures in Wekiwa Springs
- Wekiwa means “spring of water”; from the Creeks who were later called Seminoles
- The park covers 7,800 acres
- Miles of trails = 26+, for hiking, multi-use and horse
- The campground is small. Two loops, each with 30 RV/tent sites. All sites have water and 30amp hook-ups and all but 23 also have sewer. A dump station is provided.
- The park has a primitive youth camping section and youth camp cabins
- Visitors can rent canoes, visit the Nature Center, shop for trinkets and ice cream at the concession bldg.
Check-in could not have been easier: we pull up to the ranger booth; receive info packet and receipt. Done.
We usually have to ask where we can unhook Bonny and the answer is often accompanied by an odd look. No idea why; I mean we already said this was our first visit.
Unless we have a pull-through site (rare) we don headsets and I drive Bonny ahead then help direct Russ in. This time was easy; the Captain is quite the backing up pro.
We had booked nine nights here and the weather behaved in typical winter fashion: days of warm and mostly sunny, days of chilly and cloudy and some days of rain.
What makes a desirable site (for us):
- Wide enough for slide-outs and awning
- Space and/or shrubs or trees between sites
- Mostly sunny with no overhanging branches
- Level site with gravel, cement, grass or hard sand to park on
- Well marked so we can find it
- Not being directly across from the site across the road; some places stagger the sites a bit which is nice
Our site is #46 on the outside of the second loop.
The outer edge sites often seem wider and they usually don’t back up to other sites, just woods or empty space. Full hook-up and plenty deep and wide, but a lone pine kept the awning in. Enough tall trees provided dappled sun between 10am – 4pm. Sunrise at 6:46 which meant no light shone in until 7:15 and then we sprang ahead and boy the mornings were dark. Sunset moving to 7:30pm brought big smiles.
This shot is deceptive; the fifth-wheels, campers and tents outnumbered the motorhomes; at least on our loop. The weekend brought in a full house.
Raise your hand if you know about or have done a Volksmarch trail. Yes, I thought so. A new one on us.
All along the way up, we kept skirting along short mucky sections but we got to the river camp. The river had flooded its banks a bit thanks to the recent downpour before we arrived. We went on but very quickly came to this and I drew the line in the mud! We could always come up from the southern end of the trail we’d hoped to take down to Sand Lake. In a few days.
Weekends mean Renninger’s Flea/Farm/Antique Market opens in Mt. Dora. Mount did I say? Yes! Hills really, but not the totally flat we have grown accustomed to while snowbirding in sunny Florida.
This weekend was Cars & Guitars Show too and how great to own a vintage auto in Florida- no snow, rust and all that crap that ruins a car before you can say, “back to the future.” A Delorean was there, but I didn’t take a photo.
The real reason we went wasn’t to buy stuff that we don’t have room for; it was donuts. Gee, how unusual. 🙂 and since we keep reading “you deserve a donut” we’ve come to believe it!
The market itself reminded us of the market in Charleston, only more on the trashy side; no offense. Inside halls with everything, outside booths and stalls and more tables set up farther out.
Was almost too much and I was happy not to be collecting vintage plates, glassware and fabrics anymore. Vintage RVs are another thing and always fun to see.