I did get back there and…

I did get back there and…

I enjoyed my camping trip to Tosohatchee WMA just beyond Christmas. That awesome but tiny little town is the last community before the Orange-Brevard line.

Had a good time but I did learn one unpleasant lesson: even in a Wildlife Management Area, where you can go days without seeing another human, you really should keep your car locked at all times.

Or, at the very least, you shouldn’t keep that hatch up while you’re doing stuff at your camp site!

My awesome camp coffee maker flew away! Bummed. But I have another. Just couldn’t get the juice of the sacred bean on this trip!

Still very glad I made the trip and got my outdoor fix for the next week or two.

Then I’ll have to have another, or I’ll start getting a little cross-eyed and stuff!

I did get some good pix. Including the banner photo at the top. That was on the extreme edge of Tosohatchee, where it dead ends into the St. Johns River.

Herons and thieves. What a combo! So glad to have gone. Planning the next excursion…

 

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

Heading back to Tosohatchee!

Heading back to Tosohatchee!

Haven’t been camping in about three months or so and I’m going through withdrawals! No, that’s not a joke!

So I’ll get my next “nature hit” in about a week’s time and I’m all jacked up over it!

I like the Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area for camping. This will be my fifth trip out to this choice nature spot and my second camping outing there.

You may remember from a previous post that you need a hunting permit to hunt Florida’s WMA’s¬† but not to camp. You just can’t camp in any hunting season.

It’s quite primitive. No hook-ups of any kind. Porta Johns and no showers. So it’s real camping. I’m one of those campers who carries a boat load of propane and every kind of battery powered device know to man, so I do just fine in these spots.

It’s also a time to take a jillion photos, so that’s a big part of the allure of camping for this puppy. I’ll have plenty pix to share on the other side of this very welcome outing!

If you love Nature like I do, make sure you get out there in the middle of it soon! Your Mother’s calling…

And you best answer!

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

 

This photo is awfully good!

This photo is awfully good!

This was just moments after the one I put with the previous post. It comes from a good-sized creek in Tosohatchee that I had not seen until this trip.

I should find that map and tell you guys the name of the creek, but I’m exhausted from that that fun! I’ll do that later.

I have one more photo to post before I call it a night.

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

 

This time at Tosohatchee, Bulldog…

This time at Tosohatchee, Bulldog…

This time, I got to stay a while! Three days and two nights, so a bit longer than the quickies I’ve had at the Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area so far.

I had a blast. Leaving most of the clothes I had planned to bring was a downer but it still was a very fine outing. One I really needed, too, truth be told!

I had nothing to wear at all for chillier temps and the low both nights hit 61. That’s not real cold, but you feel it in shorts and a tee.

But I’m heading back just as fast as I can.

The header photo is one I really like. This is what you see simply by looking up from my camp site.

I’ve got lots of pix from this outing. So I’ll be posting with some of those after a while.

I hope you’ve spent a few nights lately at Camp Serenity. I don’t spend nearly as much time there as I’d like!

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

 

More Photos of the Tosohatchee WMA coming soon

More Photos of the Tosohatchee WMA coming soon

I posted a write up about the recent open house at the Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area about a week ago. It might have given the outdoor enthusiast a pretty decent feel for what that very cool event was like.

What I didn’t do was post more than just one or two pix about the hike we took. Just a quick post today to let you know that I’m putting together a better post about the hike specifically.

I had a lot of fun and took over a hundred pix on our trek through one of Florida’s natural spaces; soon I’ll have that feature up. Until then, the banner photo is one of the shots I like best.

#GetOutdoors!

 

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

About the Open House at the Tosohatchee WMA

About the Open House at the Tosohatchee WMA

This post took a while. Bulldog’s had a lot on his plate of late. But that event at the Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area was very cool, and there’s much on which to report.

First of all, this open house took place on Jan 27th and the occasion was the 75th anniversary of the Florida Wildlife Commission. I was surprised at how robust the turn our was that day. And all the staff I spoke to were quite pleased with it.

The banner photo you see with this post is of some of the FWC crew who were on-hand for the event. There were plenty of staff there, and all the ones I spoke to were very helpful in answering questions and telling parts of the story of the Commission.

You may know that the FWC here in Florida has its own fire crews. They do respond to fires that fall to other agencies, but their primary mission is to be the dedicated team to carry prescribed burns and to respond to wild fires for the FWC. Two of the crew were on hand for this open house and answered a thousand questions; about half of those were from me!

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One of the activities on that fine Saturday afternoon was for the kids. Volunteers were on hand to help them “make” a pizza showing them the critters one can encounter in natural Florida and WMA’s in particular. There were no kids at all under the tent when I stopped by and the helpers were really bored. So they prevailed on me to go through the pizza-making process and learn–as the kids do–what one can see in the under-appreciated and undeveloped parts of the Sunshine State.

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Of course, there were EMT’s on duty and ready to respond to any situation which called for their skills. I think they were really bored, what with the moderate temps that day, but they no doubt had lots of chances to tell attendees of all ages about what they do.

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There were way more things to do at this great event which commemorated 75 years of service by the Fish and Wildlife Commission than I could possibly cover here; suffice to see it was a cool event and I enjoyed myself immensely–and learned some great stuff, especially in my many chats with the helpful crew.

On the way out, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to pose with one of their airboats! Going to take one of those airboat tours before long; that would certainly¬† be material for another post on another day…

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Get outdoors, people! Here’s a cliche, but it’s true, nevertheless: you’ll be so glad you did!

 

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credits Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

Ben Murders a Haiku. The Tree’s Fine.

Ben Murders a Haiku. The Tree’s Fine.

I just love this gnarly ole tree.

It’s almost as twisted as me!

 

 

Yes, this noble tree was one of the cool sights I saw Saturday at the FWC’s open house event at the Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area. Had a great time and took about 200 shots. Including the header photo here that, sadly, had to be associated with my lame attempt at Haiku! I apologize to the tree, and to you, noble reader.

Much more about the open house will be coming in a new post later this week. No more bits of silly doggerel! I promise.

 

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile