Last Day at Lake Manatee State Park

Sunday March 14th 2021

Today began too early for a couple of reasons. First the Daylight Savings Time change hit this morning. Last year I was in Arizona and avoided the quirky experience. The second reason is the need to book another two reservation for next winter. I was up before sunrise at 7:30AM EDT.

Yesterday I did my research for the two weeks at the end of February 2022. I found four sites available at one state park campground and two at another. Promptly at 8AM this morning I clicked the mouse to reserve the third available site at the campground with four available. The third site appears lower in the list of search results. I assumed more people would try for the ones at the top of the list. There is noway of knowing if that logic was sound, but I was successful. I have a two week reservation at Rainbow Springs State Park. It will be a new experience. I haven’t stayed there before.

This is my last full day at Lake Manatee State Park. Tomorrow I’m moving ninety miles south to the Fort Myers area. It seems like I just got here, but it has been two weeks. I’ve completed most of the outside packing. I’ll take my time finishing up the inside packing and hooking up the car tomorrow. My plan is to leave somewhere between noon and the 1PM checkout time. Hopefully there won’t be a long line at the dumping station. Today there was a real line up with all the Sunday departures. There are a few empty sites tonight so tomorrow may not be as bad.

The day use part of the park was very busy today. Most of the picnic tables were in use and the volley ball net was getting used. Even the kids playground was getting heavy use despite the sign that says it is closed because of COVID.

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