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Monday, March 30, 2015

From Homosassa Spring to Lake Manatee State Park

Aloha Everyone,

This morning we crossed Sunshine Skyway Bridge which spans from Tampa Bay to Manatee County.

The steel and concrete bridge is beautiful. I can see why it was rated by the Travel Channel as one of Top 10 Bridges in the World. The full name of the bridge is Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge named after the Governor and then U.S. Senator who presided over its design and construction.

We were looking for a Greek or Italian restaurant for lunch. Instead we stumbled into a strip mall full of Asian restaurants. Our Chinese Dim Sum was more Vietnamese in flavor, but very good.

We were asked to wait 15 minutes for the steamed custard bun and gladly agreed.

Many of the state parks of Florida are located on the coastline, forested areas or lake frontage. Facilities and amenities are comparable to the state parks we've stayed in Oregon and Arizona.

Today, it was Lake Manatee State Park. After the building of a dam, the river was blocked and no manatees can swim into the fresh water lake. However, the name stayed.

Our place for the night

It is a peaceful setting with no cellular service. J.J. and I drove 8 miles to a McDonald's to use their WiFi.

Back at Lake Manatee State Park

Aloha -- Cathi