Gosh, we have been here a week & doesn’t seem we have done much! Honestly, the park & river are beautiful but our section of the campground is open & crowded. Soo, we are not big fans. The hikes by the river are an immediate transportation to the Jurassic Period. The park is known for its class 2 rapids. Check out the first picture & you be the judge. Everything is so green & moist. The trees are covered in moss & epiphytes. The older trees look like ecosystems onto themselves. This is another CCC built park. They were big fans of constructing with stone but Florida is lacking slightly in that natural resource. It took as a bit to realize the retaining walls & steps were created out of concrete sand bags. So cool! Looks like they were put it place wet & dried conforming to shape. Good thing we no longer have a yard, the possibilities are running through my head!
Hillsborough River is near Tampa & we had a delightful visit with Edward’s Aunt Caroline. She treated us to a delicious lunch at Carrabba’s. Tampa is large enough to have a small Blick's Art & I had a shopping trip! A great treat for me! I love Amazon but it was so fun to see all the options in one place!
Planning for future months is certainly “not in the moment” but must be done. Edward & I have decided to head west. May will find us in Utah & Colorado will be our home in June. Both have gorgeous state parks. Surprisingly to us, it was harder to get reservations in Utah! We will be doing the private campground thing & that is always a roll of the dice. We have done all the research we can, but you never know until you pull in. There will be long days of driving to get out there, but we are very excited. Just think, pictures without palm trees!