Silver River Rest

(Ocala FL)
It was a short one and a half hour drive to my next camp at Silver River State Park. Again, I had a late start so didn’t arrive until after 6pm. Still, there was no problem getting a nice level back in site. A generous size pad with fine gravel, picnic table and fire ring, and separated from the next sites by the woods. This one was not as dense and closed in feeling as the last. Electric and water for three nights was $38.88 with senior discount and taxes. 4G LTE internet service with 4 bars made it extra nice.

Tardis at Silver River State Park

Getting level was much easier here. Since I had a late lunch, I fixed a salad for dinner and got caught up with mail and internet stuff. In the morning, I walked down to the recreated cracker settlement a short distance from my RV. There were several buildings with a garden, chicken coop, and period tools.

Cracker Barn

This is a very well organized park, with rental cabins, picnic areas and pavilions, a historic cracker settlement, park museum, library and classrooms for nature study. Everything is easily accessible from the RV camping loop via paved roads. The canoe/kayak launch onto the Silver River is down a forest trail. Plus there are several other easy trails winding through the forest with benches along the way for resting.

Silver River

On another morning, I walked down the trail to the river to take some photos. You could already feel the heat and humidity, so I didn’t set up for painting. When I got back to my campsite it was still early. So, I did some work on Tardis. Some reflector strips were added to the rear bumper, side mirrors, and front bumper. I also installed the new hatch cover above the over cab bed, as the old one was yellowed and cracked from age.


Water lilies on the Silver River

This park was very enjoyable and provided a good rest for a few days. Few people were here during my stay; probably because it was between weekends. It was spacious, and everything was nearby even though separated well. I left for my next camp in the late morning taking the blue highways. A stop for gas and lunch was planned along the way on the plein air journey.

Camp: Silver River SP
Scene: Open woods, trails, river

6 Responses to Silver River Rest

  1. J. RICHARD SECOR June 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    Looks like a nice spot – good rate too!!

  2. Caleb June 15, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    Congratulations on your retirement. They didn’t invite “foreign-railroaders” to your party, so I missed that – bummer. But I did see the Lazy Daze out in the parking lot for a few days and was wondering whose it was. That is a really nice RV. Next time you’re in Jacksonville tell Ben to give me a call if you think of it so we can go to lunch and I can check out Tardis. We watched episode 1 of Dr. Who in memory of you tonight. Well it stormed bad on the way home from work today and my tire went flat. Then it started to hail quarter-sized pieces of ice. I guess when it rains it pours – but it was an adventure. All the best in your adventures. Way to follow through on a long-time goal of yours and make a dream come true. – Caleb V.

  3. Pleinguy June 17, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Thanks for commenting Caleb. Too bad about your mis-adventures. Guess I got out of town just in time. I’m really enjoying my travels so far.

  4. Ross Macintosh June 18, 2013 at 1:20 am #

    Hi Pleinguy! Your pics of Silver River are beautiful. With regards to your paintings, in a previous post you mentioned a plan to switch to oils from your usual acrylics. Why the change?

  5. Pleinguy June 18, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    Hi Ross: Actually I usually paint with oils and will be switching to acrylics. Just felt like the odors and drying time of oils would not be good in a small RV. Acrylics dry quickly and can be used on paper, boards or canvas, and no objectionable odors remain.

  6. Ross Macintosh June 18, 2013 at 1:57 am #

    Thanks for the quick response — I guess my memory had it backwards! I’ve only ever painted with acrylics and not sure I could transition to oils.

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