Catching Up

The CurbCrusher clan has not been staying at home over the past few months, it’s just that Mr. CurbCrusher has been very lazy about updating the blog. So here is one post to bring it all up to date.

Sunset over Lake Wauberg Our camping trip in April was to Paynes Prairie State Park in Micanopy, Florida. We’ve been to this park in the past, and have always enjoyed our stays here. Located just south of Gainesville, there is a lot to do in the area from the nearby state parks, to trying to find to the buffalo that wander the prairie. Click here to see photos of our visit to the prairie.
Peacock One of the things to do near Paynes Prairie is to visit the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo. Santa Fe College is the former community college, now state college (in Florida most community colleges have now become “state colleges”), in Gainesville. They have one of the few programs in the country that teach folks how to be zoo keepers. In order to accomplish this, they have their own zoo that is open for guided tours. They have a variety of animals in an intimate setting, and your guide is a student in the program. It made for a great way to spend part of the morning. Our photos of the zoo can be found here.
Campsite May found the CurbCrushers in Flagler Beach, Florida at Gamble Rogers State Park. The campground at this park is located right on the beach, so we were able to get a great amount of beach time. In addition, we made a trip up the coast a few miles and paid a visit to Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, the one beach in Florida with a lot of rocks. Here are links to the Flickr albums from Gamble Rogers and Washington Oaks.
Steve underwater at Manatee Springs Finally, in June we made a return trip to Manatee Springs State Park near Chiefland, Florida. If it is summer in Florida, the best thing to do is head for the springs, cool water and lots of shade. We had a great site (93) overlooking the Catfish Hole, and spent a good bit of time swimming around the springs. We took part of the day and wandered over to the Dakotah Winery which is located just up the road. All the pictures from Manatee Springs are here.

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