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May 16, 2018 - Paynes Prairie State Park

No love bugs this time on the truck or trailer. WE like to do Geocaching and Munzee when ever we visit a state park and the area around the park. Geocaching and Munzee shall to you to out of the way places , places that you would never see if not for this sport.

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Apr 14, 2014 - Near Micanopy , Florida

We arrived at Paynes Prairie state park to camp for the next five days.We were going to walk the trails in the state parks and do some geocaching down the dirt paths. But because I had pulled a calf muscle in my left leg, we could not walk miles and so we had to down load caches in town and places that I did not have to walk very far from truck to cache and back. We went to a small wooded park, up on our arrive we got to see a lot of army trucks in the parking lot. When we got to enter the woods, we got a treat of the army people learning...

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GEOCACHING 2014

Oct 28, 2010 - Payne Prairie State Park, Micanopy, Florida

On Thursday, October 28th we left Ft. Pickens campground and headed toward south Florida. We stopped for the night at Payne Prairie State Park in Micanopy. We were surprised to learn that Payne Prairie State Park is a preserve for many animals including wild horses and buffalo. We did not take time to look for the horses or buffalo and other animals. We plan to return to this park in the future and stay a few days. We stopped in Micanopy which is one of the oldest towns in Florida and has a “haunted house” which is now a bed and breakfast.

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Oct 8, 2009 - Paynes Prairie State Park

It was foggy and cloudy this morning until noon, which was good as we biked the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail today. We started at the trailhead at Hwy 20 and Hwy 234 milepost 6.4, stopping for a snack at Groveland and then continuing to the end at Hawthorne mile post 15.2. Round trip we biked 17.6 miles on a paved path though wooded forest with trees over hanging the path on both sides most of the way. It was a little hot on the trip back as the sun came out, but thankful for the trees it was'nt too bad. After biking we gassed up the...

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Oct 7, 2009 - Paynes Prairie State Park

First thing we did today was take the bikes off the trailer. Oh yes, only the 3rd time for the whole trip! We are going biking today in fact we biked to the Visitor’s Center. At the Visitors Center we looked around then watch a movie on the park. There was also a tower there that we climbed in the rain. We stayed in the tower waiting for it to stop raining, but never saw any animals. There are supposed to be Bison’s and wild horses at this park. Biking back to the camper it was so hot. We took a break and hung out in the camper the rest of...

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Oct 6, 2009 - Travel Day

Today we traveled on boring I-10 and then to I-75 to exit 374 as we are camping at Paynes Prairie State Park for a couple of days. The park is located 10 miles south of Gainesville, Fl and we are camped on site # 41. After setting up camp we went to Walgreens to get Bo’s eye medicine refilled. This time it went quickly with no problems. This park is just loaded with deer, because on our way to Walgreens leaving the park we saw more deer than we could count.

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May 5, 2009 - our stay on the Florida version of "prairie"

We left on Friday, the first of May, (even tho the journal says May 2nd...haven't changed that..) and settled into our lovely woodsy site by about 3pm. Quiet evening getting set up, and then started our birding on Saturday. First we went to the visitor station and walked down to the 500 ft observation platform...up five stories, and you can see miles out into the prairie..which btw, we have learned, is not a "prairie" as they have in the mid-west...oh no..the Florida "prairie" is "wet", more like a savannah. Payne's Prairie has wild horses,...

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Mar 23, 2009 - Rainy Day For A Trip

Time to leave Cape Coral for a visit to the georgia State good sam jamboree in Perry, Georgia. Norma is at home because she has to work and I don't!!!! Norma could not get off from work this time, so off I go to have some fun camping. First day out and it is to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park near Micanopy , florida. The state park has 35 recreational vehicle sites, fishing,boat ramp,horseback riding,hiking with over eight miles of trails. Animals and plants to see and to be able to get away from the rush of the daily grand.

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Gary's Camping Trips

Mar 12, 2009 - St. Patty's Potluck

We all decided to add some extra spice to the weekly potluck so we had a St. Patrick's Day theme. Lots of Irish decorations and a few Irish hairpieces and hats made for some laughs. The food even followed the Irish or green theme with lime jello salad, green pistachio salad, zucchini casserole, key lime pie, shamrock cookies, etc. Bellies were filled and a fun time was had by all!!

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Mar 10, 2009 - Micanopy

What a great little village Micanopy is!! Pronounced (Mick-can-oh'-pee) Known as "The town that time forgot," it's named for the chief of the Indian village of the tribe of Patano. The streets of this small town are lined with historic buildings that are home to antique and gift shops. With a population of 643, Micanopy is a great place to visit. We ate a tasty lunch of Cuban and Reuben sandwiches on the porch of The Old Florida Cafe. The other restaurant next door, The Coffee N Cream, had an interesting menu as well.

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Nov 6, 2008 - Fall Festival in Micanopy

Since we returned to our place in Florida, we have been kept really busy. I am on a couple of committees and this is the time of the year that we are preparing for the next year’s budget etc. Both Bill and I have been doing what we can to help but we did take some time off this week-end and went to the 34th annual Fall Festival in the historic little town of Micanopy. Hundreds of artists, crafters, musicians and venders attracted thousands of people into this small town. We had such a fun time. There is just something about these festivals...

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Feb 12, 2008 - Paynes Prairie State Park

We had hoped to go to Daytona Beach and work our way up the east coast to St Augustine but it was Daytona Race Week and nearly all the RV parks were full and those that had any vacancies were double the price. We headed north and stayed at Paynes Prairie State Park for 4 days. This was a great site with plenty of bike and hiking trails. We saw buffalo, wild horses, alligators and cranes. In fact we were cycling on one of the trails one day when we saw an alligator no more than about seven feet away on the bank. We didn't think they would be...

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