Last Day at Hillsborough River State Park

Sunday January 24th 2021

The weather recovered nicely today. It was a sunny day with very little wind. The recent trend of above normal daily high temperatures continued. Today’s high temperature was just short of eighty degrees. It was almost ten degrees above the seasonal normal for this area.

This is my last day at Hillsborough River State Park. I’m moving north and inland tomorrow to the Ocala Florida area. Before moving on I needed to refresh my grocery supplies. Shopping on moving day and usually the following day is not easy to fit in. The people in this area were very active today. The grocery section of Walmart was very busy and the checkouts were backed up. It didn’t help that I selected a checkout line with a cashier that was as deliberate as a sloth. I didn’t time it, but it seemed like more than an hour wait.

Waiting was a theme today. When I got back to the state park, the line at the guard station was long. The fifteen or so cars were a combination of returning park guests, new campers checking in and people visiting for the afternoon. The park rangers are not touching money. You either need to be prepaid on the web site or pay cash into the iron ranger self pay. The ranger checks the campers and prepaid day visitors in using the computer. The others are directed to the self pay box. I suspect the system slows things down more than a little bit.

I took one last walk along the river this afternoon. The alligators were in their usual places, but I didn’t see the usual birds. There were so many people out along the walk that thoughts about the spreading virus passed through my mind. I avoided stopping at a number of key overlooks. People were just too close together. It is so much nicer walking the trails during the middle of the week.

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