First Full Day at Lake Louisa State Park

Tuesday January 18th 2022

Most of December temperatures in Florida were well above normal. The first part of January was about normal. The last couple of days seem to be the start of a below normal trend. Today’s high temperature was twelve to fifteen degrees below normal. The high temperature was fifty eight in this area today.

At 7:30 this morning the inside temperature in my RV home was forty four. I turned on the heater and got back under the covers in my warm bed. After a few long busy days in a row, I took the opportunity to catch up on my sleep. When I finally got up the inside was comfortable in the seventies. It was only in the low fifties outside. It really was a nice weather day looking at it from the big picture. It was not cold and snowy or hot and humid.

Turtles on a log.

Today was a pretty routine first full day at a new location. I completed the setup tasks I didn’t get to yesterday and took a walk around the campground to check out the area. The changes from my stay in early December are subtle. The water level in the two lakes may be a little lower and the type of wild flowers that were in blossom are no longer brightening the area. I also saw fewer turtles taking the sun on one of their favorite logs. That may be a result of the cooler weather. Maybe more turtles will be out in the next couple of days which are forecast to be warmer.

The lake was much calmer today. Yesterday it was filled with white capped wind driven waves.
Cabins in the setting sun.

I got in two and a half walks around the campground today. The first was in the early afternoon, the second was at sunset and the third “half walk” was a trip out on the fishing pier to attempt to see the Falcon 9 rocket launch from Cape Canaveral. The 7:04PM scheduled launch didn’t happen. It was moved to 9:02PM. Rather than taking another cool dark walk, I just turned out my lights and watched out the window of my RV home at 9:02PM. The ascending fireball was visible in a slightly different direction than I expected, but I managed to see it. In some ways it is more impressive to watch from seventy miles away than from five to ten miles away on the coast.

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