Much of this Winter included revisiting familiar locations and, while the familiarity was nice to return to, I like to mix things up and keep them interesting with new experiences. Crossing back inland from the East Coast, I made a point to stop in Palatka. I like this as a stop at any point driving through. I went to a store and then to the downtown riverwalk area I’d enjoyed before. I washed dishes and ate a good meal and walked around outside, purposely going to areas I hadn't focused on previously. The fish prints on the left side of this photo are the parking lot markers for the spots! How cool.
It was a rainy day when I got to The Villages and I thoroughly enjoyed spending an entire day in the RV. That’s something I rarely do and it was so pleasant. Rest, cat cuddles, coziness. The next day, when I returned to Lake Sumter Landing (still my favorite square in The Villages), I walked around at night. Most places had closed much earlier, I found, and the music wasn’t my style (it was cool out and not too crowded) so I just walked because I like to walk. I snapped these few pictures. Really loved this water spout.
I made a trip South to my town of Bushnell for a few days. There, I once again enjoyed the Dixon Complex and I tried wonton egg drop soup. It was quite tasty and just what I was in the mood for. I love soup! I did note that the ice cream shop I had gotten propane at is now an antique store. The propane sales still operate in the back.
I went back to The Villages and these photos are from parts of it. One night as I walked through Spanish Springs, I was looking at the ducks. There were ducklings asleep on rocks at the water. A couple across from me on the little bridge had been watching a frog on a rock on the other side and mentioned it to me as we passed each other. The picture in the center here is of that frog. It is not the easiest to make out since it was dark.
One of my favorite parks in The Villages is Lake Okahumpka. I like walking there because of the nature and there is a pond plus the lake. There’s a playground and picnic tables and disc golf as well. It appears you can camp there with permission, too though that may be tent camping. As I was getting ready to leave at night, I noticed something that I thought was an injured animal near the RV. I heard squeaks and saw movement so walked closer. I had just this visit paid attention to the bat house signs but didn’t make the connection right away. I had also seen some very long and impressive lines of ants marching across part of the trail. Anyhow, when I got close enough, I saw that it wasn’t an injured creature at all but bats mating on the road! Here is a picture and a video clip. This was a first and I was quite careful with how I backed out of the parking space so as to leave them. If anyone involved in the bat houses reads this, they are working and the bats are living there!