Before I blog about my time at Fort DeSoto, I wanted to comment on a question that “Pleinguy” asked on my last blog. He asked why I didn't camp at Paynes Prairie. Since Florida campgrounds fill up during the winter, I have learned to make reservations both at private and public campgrounds. For state and county parks, I typically make reservations as soon as they open them up. Some places open up reservations 6 months beforehand, some 11 months… This year, my first reservation was Fort DeSoto. I wasn’t sure exactly when I would leave Georgia so I didn’t have a reservation for the first few days of 2015 so that’s why I ended up at Ocala RV North in Reddick
Now to Fort DeSoto -- As many of you know I really like Fort DeSoto, so I made 2 reservations for this winter! My first visit was Jan 4 – 11.
One day I woke up and heard a lot of birds. Below is a picture of my site, with some of the birds behind it. And then a closer shot.
On that same day, I went to Celery Fields in Sarasota to do some bird watching.
I don’t have many pictures of what I did most while at Fort DeSoto. That was biking and walking. I biked from 10 – 28 miles and walked 3 – 5 miles most days.
There is a lagoon that I went to several times as it is known as a good bird watching spot. Many birdwatchers go there, some amateurs like me and others with more professional looking equipment. (and willing to do more to get better pictures than me – see below)
This trip, the birds stayed as far away from me as they could get, but it was still fun. Above is a Great Blue Heron, Spoonbill and a Reddish Egret.
One day while sitting outside reading I happened to look up and saw some dolphins. What fun, to be sitting beside your home (in my case, my RV) and having such great wildlife visit.
From Fort DeSoto, I headed south to Bonita Springs.