Monday, February 9, 2015

As Florida Continues To Amaze me

I just came back from a camping trip with 'da boyz' in my family and my brother introduced me to Princess Place Preserve. He had spoken of it before, and I had figured it was just a bit of sawgrass on the side of the Indian River up near Saint Augustine. Every place else we looked was booked solid (damn Yankees), but Princess Place was wide open. It turned out to be the exact right place for us guys. The downside? no electricity, and no potable water anywhere. The upside? Giant campsites with more privacy than you could ever hope to find in Florida. Being that we went in February, we knew it was possible to have wind and freezing cold. We did get enough of that, but it kept the mosquitoes away, and made the campfire circle a lot more fun. My sleeping bag proved it's worth and I gladly spent the two days without a shower. There was a shower, but between the cold and the sulfur water, I decided to pass. The ranger was a great guy, and he gave us firewood and a tour of the Princess Lodge. If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, then the Princess Lodge and it's history will intrigue you. This place has campsites that are very different, and one thing I noticed is that next trip, I will try a different one. We had Moody#3, beautiful and right on open water, with just enough trees to block the freezing cold wind. You can only tent camp here, but it is awesome for bicycles and kayaks. A really big deal is the horse section of the park, but I'm not a horse guy. If I ever did decide to try some horseback riding, this seems like the best place I've seen to do it. I will be back, and when I come, I will have gallons of water on board...oh yeah, Saturday night, I think my brothers and I were the only people around in the 1100 acre park! Try to do that somewhere else in Florida!

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