Fruitland Park :)

04 Oct

So we took off for a small weekend camping trip to a 40 campsite park. The Lake Griffin State Park is located in Fruitland Park, Florida. We had a great time there amongst the trees. Giant deer passed by our camper all night long, but I wasn’t able to get a picture of them. The first time I tried, the flash scared them away, so I tried taking photos without it, but it was just too dark. The nights dropped down into the fifties which made for great snuggle weather.

This is our camper and campsite. The camper is actually a motorcycle popup, but we pull it with the car because we wouldn’t be able to take Ocala (the dog) with us. I’m sure if we left her home she’d have a huge party and all the dogs in the neighborhood would ruin the carpets.

They have a nice hiking trail with sign posts for interesting facts as you walk. There are 10 such posts, too many to post on our blog, except for a few.

We have a great amount of trees on our property that have these ferns on them. I just never knew what they were until this trip. Pretty cool plants.

Mother Nature is great at recycling. We should pay more attention to her way of working in order to find better ways at getting rid of our waste.

Joe saved the day by holding up the Great Leaning Oak with one hand! Ocala wasn’t fooled though, she moved away knowing that he couldn’t hold that big tree up.

Those gators, you just can’t get away from them. The dead river really looked quite dead too. I wonder if it got its name because the gators killed everything? The photo of the river actually looks prettier than it looked in person. Here it looks blue and clean. It is really a muddy brown and filled with living and dying lilly pads.

The main parks attraction is this mammoth living oak tree. That is me standing at her base, she is so big that we couldn’t get her in the camera. I wanted to climb onto the ledge above me, but was afraid I’d fall and break something!  The last one is a photo of Joe and the tree to give you an idea of scale, Joe is six feet tall and 215 pounds. A dwarf compared to this tree.

Hope you enjoyed your tour. If you wish to visit: Lake Griffin State Park, 3089 US 441/27, Fruitland Park, FL 34731 (352) 360‑6760



Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Camping


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6 responses to “Fruitland Park :)

  1. in every atom

    October 5, 2011 at 2:42 am

    You have some great photos here. I love the last one and the one of the lake and lilies below the map of the Dead River Marsh. I didn’t realize that Florida has natural air plants, but of course, it makes sense that it does. Love your pop-up camper! Looks like you have a great time there. You look so nice, Craig!

    • Craig & Joe

      October 5, 2011 at 10:46 am

      Awww, thanks. It was fun. We have several months planned for weekend getaways.

  2. Oh God, My Wife Is German

    October 5, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Awesome post! I wish we still had more summer in which to camp! Thank you for sharing!

    • Craig & Joe

      October 5, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks for the comment. It would be nice if the summer was longer, but it is nice when the morning air has a bit of a bite too. Where do you camp?

  3. charlesmichelduke

    October 6, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Road trip? I love it, and in America, you have such a great diversity of places to visit. Maybe I could brush up on my Gator education and Florida’s parks one day 😉

    • Craig & Joe

      October 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Our dream is to one day own a motorhome and just travel America. Already been to most of the states by flying, and drove through the southern and eastern states. But camping along the way would be so cool.


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