Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, Love Bugs and other Florida Happenings
|The entire trailer has been pressure cleaned, but only half has been cleaned by hand...|
|Main road to the camp ground|
|Maury the Moccasin|
It is a unique place, not one most tourists would enjoy unless they are looking for absolute solitude, bird watching, or when the conditions permit, stargazing. Well, almost pure solitude. A run to the nearest town, Okeechobee, is a 33 mile trip, Sebring, in the other direction on Highway US 98 is also about 30 miles. In between the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park and Sebring is the Avon Park Air Force Bombing range, and combat jets on afterburners can occasionally be heard during daylight hours. With the new electronic scoring systems, the environment is spared the old explosions from ordnance actually being dropped into the flat, Florida prairie. Never once did I actually see any aircraft, although they could be heard most mornings in the far distance to the west. They didn't deter the abundant songbirds that continuously serenaded us as soon as the first ray of sunlight peeked through the clouds on the horizon to the east.
|A Meadowlark serenades anyone within earshot|
The park is unchanged since our first visit four years ago. The campgrounds are clean, dry and well kept. The showers and toilets are spotless as they were last time and once again, we had only three other campers to share the entire campgrounds during our four day stay. We met Sharon, the camp host and after a good evening walk, headed into the camper to avoid a good, solid three hour rain storm. Drainage is great and we had no problem. We did meet a crawdad, or crawfish, that wandered through the parking lot. I'm sure he ended up breakfast for one of the many crows or hawks that were abundant.
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