A trip to the Manatee viewing station and back to Lettuce Lake Park

Time for another update!!

First off our replacement coach is getting closer!! If everything goes as planned it will be here in 2 weeks. Keep your fingers crossed.

We spent the last week just bouncing from one thing to another with no real rhyme or reason which has become our way of life I guess LOL!!

We enjoyed our visit to Lettuce Lake Park so much the first time that we went back for another visit.

Now isn't that a funny pose? What a ham.

Now isn’t that a funny pose? What a ham.

I think I heard them say { YOU CAN"T SEE US}

I think I heard them say { YOU CAN”T SEE US}

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We didn’t see as much wildlife this time it seemed even though we saw a fair amount. I’m not sure if it was the time of day or what.

BUT when Diane spotted this Roseate Spoonbill she got pretty excited and it seemed to make her day all worthwhile. Which in turn did the same thing for me.

That was the first Spoon Bill Diane and I have ever seen in the wild.

That was the first Spoon Bill Diane and I have ever seen in the wild.

Diane became a kid when she first spotted this Spoon Bill.

Diane became a kid when she first spotted this Spoon Bill.

It was feeding amongst the trees and tall grass so after close to 20 or 30 attempts of getting a good picture of it I finally got 2 LOL!! I think it was toying with me on purpose.

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We also took a drive to the Manatee viewing station. Something we should have done a month ago when the cooler weather was around I guess. That’s when they like to take advantage of the warm water created by the power plant.

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The power station’s discharge canal, where saltwater is taken from Tampa Bay to cool one of the Unit’s and then flows clean and warm back to the bay attracts the Manatee’s.

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Those people are not just looking at that Crane. It's actually the best spot to look for Manatee.

Those people are not just looking at that Crane. It’s actually the best spot to look for Manatee.

We were told at times they could be seen in the hundreds. And on calm days when the water is smooth they are very easy to see.  But unfortunately we waited long enough that the temps have risen and we went on a day where there was a strong breeze therefore making the waters rough. But we did see a few moving around along with a few very acrobatic fish jumping and spinning out of the water.

It wasn't the best day for viewing. This is about the best shot we got.

It wasn’t the best day for viewing. This is about the best shot we got.

So our visit was poorly planned out on our part but we enjoyed it just the same.After the Manatee viewing station we thought we would tour a town called Gibsonton. We heard that carny workers have come to roost there in the off season and to retire in the earlier days. You know like the tallest man, the bearded lady, Monkey Girl, the Alligator Skinned Man and Lobster Boy etc.

So of course in our minds we figured we could just drive through town and see some of these people walking the streets or having lunch in the local diner or sitting in the barber’s chair getting a haircut. You know, the carnies version of Mayberry LOL! In fact I read that the local Fire Chief was once 8’4” and the police chief was a midget. Sort of a spinoff of Mayberry RFD I guess!

But all we saw while driving around was miscellaneous carnival rides that looked to either be antiquated or simply in storage. Not hide nor hair of anyone looking like carnival side show people.

BUT WAIT!!!! We did see a Walmart while driving into town! We figured what better place to find unusual people right!!?? Well once again no luck. In fact WE might have been the strangest people walking the store at that particular time, oh well.

And we have made several trips to El Bing Park. Jack loves to go out there and play ball and get brushed. And it’s a great place to let him off leash and work with him.

Jack loves chasing the ball. But what Golden Retriever doesn't LOL!!

Jack loves chasing the ball. But what Golden Retriever doesn’t LOL!!

You can see Jack HATES getting brushed LOL!! Come on mom,, do my belly again!!

You can see Jack HATES getting brushed LOL!! Come on mom,, do my belly again!!

All tuckered out after a good walk and playing catch. The back of the Jeep is his domain

All tuckered out after a good walk and playing catch. The back of the Jeep is his domain

During our stay here we have made mention many times between ourselves at how fast people drive golf carts around. That includes workers and customers.

I have had to take defensive maneuvers more than once because of someone cutting a corner to the inside while speeding along. It was only a matter of time until something would happen. And it did!

If you look on the ground behind the guy facing this way you can see some orange. That's a lady on a back and neck support board. The result of 2 golf carts crashing into each other. It was bound to happen here at Lazy Days the way people drive those darn things.

If you look on the ground behind the guy facing this way you can see some orange. That’s a lady on a back and neck support board. The result of 2 golf carts crashing into each other. It was bound to happen here at Lazy Days the way people drive those darn things.

On our way back from Happy Hour at the Crown Club one evening I heard a loud BANG. My first thought was someone dropped a ladder or something but within a few moments we turned a corner and came across 2 golf carts that had slammed into each other hard enough that a windshield was knocked out and threw at least one person out of a cart to the ground.

It wasn’t long until there were a number of people gathered around and paramedics were on the scene. The women that was tossed out of the cart never did get off of the ground while we were there and was strapped to a backboard and put in a neck brace. The good thing is she was moving her arms and eventually joking around.

I’m sure golf cart safety was a topic at the next meeting.

Roger and Lynn were parked nearby in the switch out area and were already on the scene by the time we rolled up so we stood around half watching the fiasco and half talking about other things until their new coach came down the road being returned from one of the bays at the service center. At that point we went on our merry way.

Roger and Lynn have been fulltime in an Airstream travel trailer for close to 2 years and decided to make the switch to a motorhome. They ran across a very nice lightly used 40’ Beaver. They also traded their pickup for a 2 door Jeep to use as a toad.

Roger and Lynn. They traded in the Airstream for the Beaver motorhome. AND traded in the truck they had for the Jeep. Talk about making the move.

Roger and Lynn. They traded in the Airstream for the Beaver motorhome. AND traded in the truck they had for the Jeep. Talk about making the move.

When they eventually drive away from Lazy Days they will be in a whole new world!! How fun is that!! But they have to get away from Lazy Days first. They have been here right at a month I guess so they are feeling some of our pain, but not nearly as much LOL!!!

I guess that’s about it for now. We have a few other things lined up to do so stay tuned.

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7 Responses to A trip to the Manatee viewing station and back to Lettuce Lake Park

  1. Ingrid says:

    I can totally relate to Diane’s excitement regarding the roseate spoonbill. I had so much fun watching them in Texas. Hope you get your new rig soon so you can hit the road. It drove me crazy sitting in one spot for 3 months 🙂

    • Dave & Diane says:

      Thanks,,, and we never thought we would be sitting anyplace this long for a few more years. I hope we don’t have to sit again for some time to come!!
      And I’m thinking Diane will be wanting to make another trip to Lettuce Lake to look for the Spoonbill again LOL!!

  2. Bill and Nancy says:

    Sorry you missed the manatee but really cool that you got to see the Spoonbills:o)) Two weeks is a beautiful sound…will keep our fingers cross that things continue on schedule!!!

  3. Thanks for the update. Here’s hoping that your coach will stay on schedule.

  4. gina says:

    Two Words….Crystal River.
    Swim with the manatees!!!! Also visit Homosassa St. Park

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