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Old 11-21-2012, 09:54 AM   #11
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The boat launch from the campground this morning. http://www.yellowjacketrvresort.com/
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:17 AM   #12
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Looks like paradise!

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Old 11-25-2012, 12:10 PM   #13
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Third campground this week

Our final campground was Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park.
Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park

Some of the sites are not level and on hills so it's a good idea to look around before you pick your spot. If you need the bathrooms, ask for a location near them or you could be walking quite a distance.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:21 PM   #14
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Three Sister's Springs

If you are in the area, stop by Three Sister's Springs. We rented 1 kayak from
CRYSTAL RIVER KAYAK RENTALS FLORIDA, KAYAK SALES, NEW AND USED, KAYAK TOURS AND CANOE TRIPS.

They didn't charge us to put in our other two kayaks here. It was a 10 minute paddle to the springs. You can snorkel or kayak, however the snorkelers seemed to have a hard time in the cold water even with wet suits.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:34 AM   #15
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Hi K1050, nice pics - thanks. What are those things lurking in the water ?
Also, I'm looking at getting the same/similar A van,
what vehicle are you towing with and do you find it handles the rig ok. ? Do you need sway bars
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:14 AM   #16
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That looks like manatees in the water! How awesome was that to be so close to them?
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:09 AM   #17
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If you are in the area, stop by Three Sister's Springs. We rented 1 kayak from
CRYSTAL RIVER KAYAK RENTALS FLORIDA, KAYAK SALES, NEW AND USED, KAYAK TOURS AND CANOE TRIPS.

They didn't charge us to put in our other two kayaks here. It was a 10 minute paddle to the springs. You can snorkel or kayak, however the snorkelers seemed to have a hard time in the cold water even with wet suits.
We lived North of Tampa back in 2000, did the snorkel gig during the winter on the coldest day and swam with so many Sea Cows...it was awesome, great pics!
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:07 PM   #18
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Hi K1050, nice pics - thanks. What are those things lurking in the water ?
Also, I'm looking at getting the same/similar A van,
what vehicle are you towing with and do you find it handles the rig ok. ? Do you need sway bars
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Hi,
These are manatees that gather in the springs during the Winter. I have a 2012 Toyota Highlander that I purchased with the tow package. We have not had any problems so far and I did not need the sway bars. If I were to do it again, I would have purchased a pick up for towing. I have found that just getting in and out of camping spaces have put small scratches on the side of my car from bushes that are near by.
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That looks like manatees in the water! How awesome was that to be so close to them?
Hi Handbuilder,
This was my first time here and I'm a native Floridian! Must have been 25 or so in the area we were in. They mostly sit on the bottom and come up every 20 minutes or so for air. The spring water was crystal clear.
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Nice vacation thread! Thanks for all the neat pics especially of the kayak and manatees. Your kayak affords you a nice vantage point for taking pics of the gentle giants through such clear water.

Co-incidentally, did you read (or hear) the news report just the other day about a person who swam/rode on a manatee and got in a bunch of trouble? Manatees are justifiably protected because they are an endangered species. Apparently that person just plain didn't know any better and faces a huge fine and possible jail time.

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