Monday December 28th 2020
I woke up early this morning because it was a moving day and my neighbors made a noisy departure at 7:30AM. An early departure wasn’t going to work for me. I needed to leave as close to the 1PM checkout time as I could. My new location was only a short distance away and it also had a checkout time of 1PM.
After a slow but deliberate packing speed, I pulled out of the Myakka River State Park at 12:40PM. Everything went as planned doing the final prep and hooking up the car. I try to leave a little time buffer in case I run into any issues. As I made my way out of the park I passed fifteen to twenty cars lined up at the guard shack waiting to enter the park. Today was another very active day in the park. I’m glad the majority of my stay was before the heavy tourist influx.
My new location is at the Lake Manatee State Park in Bradenton Florida. It is only about twenty miles north of Myakka River State Park as the crow flies. The easiest way to get there is thirty five miles or so. You need to go west about 8 miles to Interstate 75 before heading north then 8 miles back to the east. Traffic wasn’t bad, so it took a little over a half an hour. There was only one car in line to get in at this state park.
This is my second visit to Lake Manatee State Park this year. I was here for two weeks at the end of September into the beginning of October. It isn’t as wildlife intensive as my last stop, but it is a nice campground near the city of Bradenton. Civilization in the form of shopping is closer to this park.