The Recent Return to Moss Park Was a Success in Every Way

The Recent Return to Moss Park Was a Success in Every Way

No, it wasn’t just about lots of butterfly pix. That was a real treat, for sure. Even if I’m the only one who thinks those photos constitute some really awesome camera work.

It may well have been my coolest encampment yet. And the gang of raccoons that plundered my food store and invaded the sanctity of my precious PT Cruiser last time around did not inflict great trauma on me on this visit to their domain.

And I got to know the park better, beyond the camping part of it, that is. Huge park with so many cool things to do.

This featured image is from that great mix of stalwart pines and majestic oaks that are all around the main swimming beach.

This photo is from my camp site looking in the general direction of the lake, though it can’t been seen in the photo. My space was also right next to the main pier.IMG_3693

Loved my spot even though this time around it put me a bit too close to a large group of very, very rowdy campers. I think it was something like a family reunion. There’s a little more to that story, but I’m going to keep it happy and upbeat. Loved the getaway, loved my pictures.

It’s looking like I’m going to have to dial back on the frequent camping in the next few weeks or months to bump up my earnings just a bit. Life is filled with these trade offs, isn’t it? We do what we must, I suppose.

I’ll still be scratchin’ that major “outdoor itch” I get a lot. But I got to TCB, too! I most certainly be posting stuff right here on da Bulldog blog all along.

Best wishes to you as we go through this early spring time. May it be an excellent season for us. A good time to get out there — frequently — and enjoy the wonders of Nature.


“Bulldog Ben” Basile


Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile


Moss Park in Southern Orange County is a Lovely Spot

Moss Park in Southern Orange County is a Lovely Spot

Just got back from a two day camp. Moss Park this time. If you’re familiar with greater Orlando, you know that’s just a bit east of our airport and that the Lake Nona area has grown up around the park. Yes, Moss Park pre-dates all the Lake Nona stuff. By many, many years.

What a place for a shutterbug to run wild! Loved it. Will be returning soon. In Florida, our motto should be “So Many Beautiful Places; So Little Time!”

Well, I’d vote for that. So much beauty all up and down the Sunshine State. Getting to experience just a bit more of it, and “talking” about here gives my life meaning and purpose. I’ll start tonight with just one quick photo. More to come. I promise.


Photo Credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile




Trimble Park, Orange County’s Best-Kept Secret

Trimble Park, Orange County’s Best-Kept Secret

If you like to do outdoor stuff, let me recommend you overnight at Trimble Park in Tangerine. (That’s the tiny town after Zellwood but before Mt. Dora!) I just wrapped up a one-dayer stay at Trimble Park and I am one happy camper!

I took a photo or three and I’ll share a few. It really is a special site and it does truly “fly under the radar”. I’ve been in this county for over 50 years and I had no idea this lovely park even existed.

If you like to camp, Trimble features 15 great lots. You’ll mostly see RV’ers there, I was the only tent camper on-site for this outing. (That’s not too unusual, as many of you many may know.) But I’m all-in for tent camping. And I’m having way too much fun!

Hope to see you sometime before too long. Maybe at one of our awesome beaches, campgrounds or outdoor music venues. Life’s too damn short to spend all of it hiding in your living room, man cave or that little cubicle you’re chained to from 9-5. ┬áThere are so many opportunities to do outdoor stuff here in the Sunshine State. Until recently, I had let slip through my fingers a thousand and one of those opps. And now I’m making up for lost time.

Photo credits Benjamin Lawrence Basile