Wekiwa Springs State Park

Where are you going for the winter?

We heard that question a number of times over this summer, and among our seasonal-spot co-horts back in Michigan you could have almost just asked “where in Florida are you going this winter?”

We didn’t set out to be young Michigan snowbirds, and indeed had spent a couple of months in Florida in the early months of 2014. We aren’t ones to repeat experiences, but yet headed back to Florida again for a while this winter.

People Over Scenery

The main reason was friends and community - which I’ve written about in a previous post.

After 3 weeks in Wekiwa Springs State Park our hand-picked neighborhood broke up yesterday amidst flurry of hugs, handshakes, pictures and exchanging of contact information.

One family is heading over the the panhandle to visit family for the holidays.

One family stayed behind for another week of winter in the woods.

Two of us drove a couple hours west to spend more time with mutual friends.

Glad To Be Sad

I won’t lie - it is hard to say goodbye sometimes. I didn’t have the “hitch-itch” yet. I could have easily have stayed another couple of weeks in the quiet woods, enjoying both nature and friends, making trips out only for supplies and laundry duty as needed.

I have learned to be glad of parting-sadness.

Suburban Sheep Shirt

Suburban Sheep Shirt If you have the same slightly sarcastic sense of humor as we do this may be the shirt for you. This design is both a commentary on suburban living and a declaration of your intent to leave it.

Styles available: t-Shirts,and hoodies.
Colors available: black, royal blue, navy blue.

Sadness when parting means it was a good visit. If I’m not sad at that end point then we have probably overstayed and are looking forward to “just being us again”.

That wasn’t the case this time and we look forward to getting the band back together again someday.

Kayaking the Wekiva River in Florida with the boy

Kayaking the Wekiva River in Florida with the boy

Pretty river

Pretty river

The best gator view we had

The best gator view we had

We saw dozens of turtles

We saw dozens of turtles

Kayaking with the girl

Kayaking with the girl

Spanish moss lit up by the afternoon sun

Spanish moss lit up by the afternoon sun

Kayaking with Shanks and Hensons

Kayaking with Shanks and Hensons

The view coming back towards Wekiwa Springs

The view coming back towards Wekiwa Springs

My running view

My running view

Campground ampitheather - must be a great place to get married

Campground ampitheather - must be a great place to get married

A bird takes advantage of a swampy roost

A bird takes advantage of a swampy roost

Our tribe - photo by Jenny Keiter

Our tribe - photo by Jenny Keiter

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2 Comments Wekiwa Springs State Park

  1. Picture of BoyinkBoyink December 24, 2014

    Forgot to add - the squirrels here have learned to chew through water hoses to get a drink. Rangers/hosts didn’t warn us coming in. We lost 2 hoses and friends lost 1.

    If you say here put a sacrificial offering of water out in a pan to appease the rodents, or put wiring loom around your water hose.

  2. Picture of Sue SalSue Sal December 31, 2014

    Looks like a great park, except for gator sightings while kayaking - that would make me nervous!

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