Sunday, February 24, 2013

#65 - Trimble Park - Tangerine, FL - February 19 - 23, 2013

Lucky Site #13
This is the first time we have camped at Trimble Park. This may be our new favorite campground! It's a beautiful Orange County Park. It only has 15 campsites, but most of the campsites are located right on Lake Carlton.

This is the view from the back of our campsite. They built benches around the fire pit...a nice feature. We had campfires for two nights and enjoyed sitting right by the lake and listening to nearby raccoons "talking" and two owls hooting it up.


 There are many old sprawling oak trees laden
 with Spanish Moss throughout the Park. 

This oak tree is so sprawling that they had to 
prop it up with a trunk of a palm tree.  Amazing!


  A blast from the past!  
And no coins were to be had in the coin return :)
Something you just don't see very often anymore. There 
were actually several pay phones located throughout the park.


There were beautiful azaleas of all 
different colors blooming by the lakes.


 Sunset our first night over Lake Carlton. Taken from our campsite. 


We visited Downtown Mt. Dora where there are several unique 
shops and restaurants. We ate dinner twice Downtown while
staying at the Park...Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant and 
Odom Thai Restaurant.  Both were very good. 
Downtown Mt. Dora is less than three miles from the Park.

 There are acres of orange groves right by the entrance of
 the Park and the trees were just loaded with ripe oranges. 
 Our state flower - the Orange Blossom.  
You could smell the Orange Blossoms at our campsite. 
Just heavenly!


A beautiful Osprey.
This is a great Park for birding. There are hundreds of birds inhabiting the Park and its surrounding lakes. We saw Ospreys, Great Blue Herons,  Vultures, Cormorants, Gallinules, White Ibises, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Tri-Colored Herons, Great White Herons, Anhingas, Eagles, Cardinals, Sea Gulls, Wood Ducks, and many, many Palm Warblers. 

Our National Symbol sitting in a tree right beside our campsite. 
So awesome!

I was watching this eagle ( for quite some time) soar
 around the perimiter of the lake  just minding his 
own business, when all of the sudden... 
this hawk came out of nowhere and literally knocked the
 eagle for a loop!   What an event to have witnessed.
 Thankfully, the eagle was okay and flew off to fight another day. 

 This Cormorant caught himself some sushi. The Cormorant is 
also called the Snake Bird because of his snakelike neck. 

  Unfortunately, it dropped the fish while trying to
 jockey it into position to swallow it. 
I think the bird's eyes were bigger than his stomach.


Of course, you can't help but to see at least one of these guys 
lurking in the weeds if you are near a body of water in Florida. 

 Sunset on our final night. We will be back!


  1. Another awesome blog of your trailer travels. I really love the eagle and hawk encounter. That is really impressive.

  2. Your photography skills keep getting better and better! As always I enjoy your photos and camping posts, but these nature shots capture some of Florida's most interesting wildlife moments! Great stuff!! Love it!!