Travel Day to Lake Louisa State Park, Florida

We are leaving Lazy Days in Tampa (sweet place), going to Lake Louisa State Park near Clermont, FL which is about an hour and a half to the east near Orlando (home of Disney World). Gretel is driving and Hansel is navigating..I’m VERY WORRIED..First, I hate traveling in this beast. He belches fire and hisses like a Dragon..Did I tell you that H&G have named the coach “Puff”? I’m at a loss over the name, but I digress..Hansel is in love with Gretel of course, but also with his iPhone App which (he says) replaces maps altogether.

And so, when we were only about 2 miles from the park’s main entrance (which I knew because dogs are born with an unerring sense of direction), Hansel’s App (Apple Maps) tells Puff to take a left onto a comparatively minor two lane highway..This Gretel does, not because she believes in Apple, but in Hansel’s directional skills. From this side road, over the course of the next hour (no estimate, I now wear a watch since H&G have promised a five hour maximum travel time), the road gets narrower and twistier until Hansel proudly pronounces his success at finding the park..We have arrived at State Park road which we obediently follow, slowly winding along a narrow road only to discover the asphalt giving way to gravel, then dirt. When the dirt narrows to a road the size of a bicycle path, then a trailhead, Hansel announces, “This is wrong”, to which Gretel POLITELY agrees. MY GOODNESS, CAN I PLEASE TAKE OVER??? A U-turn and exit from this end of the park leads to another dirt road and another U-turn (Gretel seems to be quite adept at handing the Dragon, Puff), along with a phone call to the park and 20 minutes later we arrive at the main entrance to Lake Louisa state park.

In my short life as full time RV camping dog, I have never been so happy to see that silly hat the Rangers wear…Exhausted, we park Puff and try to have a normal night..CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TAKE HANSEL’S PHONE AWAY FROM HIM BEFORE WE WIND UP IN THE EVERGLADES???

Speaking of the everglades, I saw my first alligator at this park.ImageL

Lake Louisa state park offers some of the most beautiful vistas in Central Florida. Its 4500 acres protects six lakes, two streams, 11 natural communities and 105 acres of lake shoreline. It was voted one of America’s top 100 Family campgrounds by Reserveamerica. The campground overlooks Lake Dixie where dogs and people are forbidden to swim, due to alligators..The three of us are enjoying 23 miles of hiking and biking trails and the peaceful serenity of the live oaks Image

framing the lake. Happy Travels to all my friends and followers..

What do you think of the new name???






About kendracha

Recently retired from hospice social work and now traveling with the love of my life, along with our dog Sushi who loves to blog about our adventures. Life is a grand adventure and must be enjoyed every day. It's our time to see the world...
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5 Responses to Travel Day to Lake Louisa State Park, Florida

  1. Freida's mom says:

    Puff the magic dragon??? ahhh quite the name! Love the pics, who takes them? Hansel? Gretel? Sushi?

  2. kendracha says:

    It’s a collaborative effort..

  3. Kay says:

    Thanks for the update. Sushi is very good at running narratives.

  4. Sushi's Aunt K says:

    Puff? I am sure this was Gretel’s idea. lol. Sushi, stay away from the gators!

  5. kendracha says:

    It was a joint decision

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