What a beautiful time of year to be traveling. We have managed to follow autumn down through the mountains of NC, SC, & GA into central Florida. The end of November & most of the leaves are still green, a few maples here & there with their red foliage, & some beautiful yellows that are raining down.
The weather has been perfect lately (how odd is that?) - mid 70’s, sunny & breezy. AND amazingly enough, very few mosquitoes. Hope I haven’t jinxed things, but camping life is good. The painstaking reservation process we have stumbled upon is working well. After our holidays in Hampstead & Costa Rica, we will return to central Florida for several more months.
The drive today was 45 miles on small secondary roads. We are seeing the real Florida! It is different than I thought. There is a wild feeling, almost like we are out west. Lots & lots of undeveloped land but very little agriculture. We past a few citrus farms today but nothing was for sale. Something very compelling about this part of the country. Settlers didn’t venture down here until late 1800's, perhaps that adds to the appeal.
Lake Griffin is a tiny 578 acre preserve in the midst of central Florida development. We are literally 5 minutes from the mall! The state park is not on Lake Griffin but connected by a 1.5 mile waterway, called Dead River. It is named that because it has no current, nothing sinister. The park is filled with beloved live oaks & the second largest live oak in Florida! This magnificent being is 300-500 years old. It is unbelievable to stand in front of this beauty. It is so freaking huge, with all the graceful curving limbs l adore. These trees are made for climbing; the branches have created the perfect perch in the middle. I hope you will take the time to enjoy the photos of this tree.