Here are still pictures of some of the dry sinkholes.
The previous evening I camped, leaving my rain guard off, as the night was clear and comfortable. This park gave me the quintessential camping experience that I'd like to share with all the people who caution me, or express worry when I tell them I will be camping alone, in a tent, at a state park. Within 30 seconds of having arrived at my spot, surrounded by older folks in their travel trailers, I received a couple of offers to help me set up my tent, which I declined because my tent sets up so very quickly, and then an invite to come over and have something to drink. Friendly people! That is what I have always found in state parks, from Minnesota, to Texas, to Wisconsin, to Florida! It is one of the safest places to spend the night.
In the morning a thrush of some kind welcomed the morning. Cardinals searched all around mine and the surrounding campsites for any crumbs left on the ground. I got a hot, private shower in the facilities, packed up my things, found and explored the waterfall above, then had breakfast at the picnic facilities, by myself, and watched a family of mockingbirds attend to their nest. Probably 'mom' was the more protective of the pair, coming in with insects, and waiting, and giving me a hairy eyeball, before slipping off and around the tree to disguise her approach to the nest. 'Dad' took no such caution, and just flew direct. The nest was rather high in the branches, so I couldn't harm their young even if I had wanted to. As I left the park, the two rangers helped me solve a small problem I had . . . what to do with the remaining 2 bagels I had and cream cheese.
I enjoy roadtrips, especially along paths I have never been. I am always open to explore anything interesting along the way, if there is time to stop. On my way to Falling Waters I stopped at a roadside attraction where I could have purchased citrus, any kind of souvenir related to citrus, Florida souvenirs, and got to photograph the only gators I saw my entire time in the state. They were just babies!
Again, rather than post picture after picture, I'll wrap up my vacation with a slideshow of Bonsai trees. Most of these trees are older than me, even with my birthday coming up in a couple days. I only got to see one corner of Florida during my visit, and tried to focus more on the less commercial side of the state. It was an enjoyable Spring Vacation, and a nice chance to see and visit with my sisters.