Jan. 21 Cold Camping at HRSP

DSCN1373We titled this as cold camping, it was for us, but I’m sure those not from Florida would think this was Fall. We went up to Hillsborough River State Park as our friends Bob and June were there and we hadn’t seen them in a year. We’d been to HRSP before in the summer but we did want to go there when you could actually hike the trails and not get devoured by the clouds of mosquitoes. It dropped down to 37 degrees at night so there were no mosquitoes or other bugs as they had all frozen to death. We did get a chance to fire up the heater and the stove. The heater smelled so bad at first that we were driven out of the camper. They put all kinds of oil and wax in them to keep them from rusting inside and that all has to burn off before you can really use it. It was fine after the initial stink was over. The above is the mighty rapids of the Hillsborough river.

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We did get to hike the Florida Trail some 4 miles long that ran along the river and thru the swamps (which were all dried up). It was a nice hike but it’s full of big exposed roots and cypress knees that tend to trip you up every so often. Even Lynda fell a couple of times. There is primitive camping out there so we did stop by to see what the sites were like. No power, no water, just a tent site, we graduated from that 20 years ago. We didn’t see any “primitives”  but we could hear them out in the woods behind their tents site. Only two sites were occupied.

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I did see a four point buck white tailed deer on one of the other trails and it’s picture is up on my website as well as more of the trails, etc. The flics are up on my website.

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Enjoy!

Jan. 12, 2014 The Guns of Fort Desoto

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A few people who read my Egmont Key post emailed me about the guns on Fort DeSoto (above). They wanted to see what they looked like. Ft. DeSoto is just a short drive from  my house, so on one of our trips to the beach there I shot some flics.

DSC_0272This is one of the six inch guns. They were originally over on Egmont Key but when they built the causeway out to Fort DeSoto they moved them there. They were uncared for out on Egmont and just rusting away. Ft DeSoto has had a lot better care than Egmont so it just made sense. Too bad they didn’t keep the 8 ” guns.

This is one of the 12 inch mortars. They could fire a 1,000 lb. explosive shell up to six miles. There were originally eight of these in Fort DeSoto, but 4 were shipped out to California in the 20’s. There are more examples on my website http://www.fishbourne.shutterfly.com  Enjoy.

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