Friday, January 31, 2014

Ruskin, FL - 01/31/14


Friday – January 31, 2014
Zolfo Springs, Florida
Pioneer Park

The weather this week has been interesting. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were bright sunny days with temperatures in the mid-seventies. Wednesday was overcast with the temperature in the high fifties. Wednesday night the rain began and continued throughout Thursday and Friday. The temperature on Thursday was in the low sixties and the temperature on Friday was in the low seventies.

On Wednesday we took a road trip to Ruskin, Florida to check out the E.G. Simmons County Park campground. We discovered this campground through some fellow campers at the Everglades National Park in January 2013. This is a very nice campground located adjacent to Tampa Bay. The campground has 98 campsites with electric and water hookups. All campsites are first-come-first-serve. There are two campground loops: East Loop and West Loop. The West Loop has campsites 1 through 50 and the East Loop has campsites 51 through 98. Both campground loops are void of any shrubbery between campsites, thus affording no privacy between campsites. Camping rates are $24.00 per night ($18.00 for seniors, 55 years old and up). The park has a boat ramp, fishing piers and swimming beach on Tampa Bay. We had two bars signal strength on our smartphones with T-Mobile service.

On our way back to Zolfo Springs, we spotted a road sign for the Little Manatee River State Park. No time like the present to check it out! This is another very nice campground with 29 campsites. All campsites are by reservation only. This is a popular campground during the winter season, so reservations must be made months in advance. Each campsite is separated by dense brush, providing privacy between the campsites. Camping rates are $24.00 per night. We did not have any service on our smartphones here.

Our next stop was in Wauchula. This quaint town is located three miles north of Zolfo Springs. It has an old town square with restaurants and retail stores. About one-half mile north of Wauchula, on U.S. Highway 17, there is a Winn-Dixie grocery store, Walmart Supercenter, Laundromat and self-service car wash. Free WiFi is available at McDonalds, located south of Wachula (at the intersection of Carlton Street and southbound U.S. Highway 17).

We returned to our campsite at Pioneer Park refreshed from a full day of sightseeing.

We are scheduled to depart here tomorrow (Saturday), but we will probably spend another seven days here.

Tomorrow another adventure begins.

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