The Unsophisticated Hidden Beauty in Old Town, Florida

Camping in Yellow Jacket Resort (01/12-14/2019)

 The farthest trip to date, over 150 miles one way. The GPS said to use I-75 most of the way, but we hate busy roads and try to avoid if possible. We looked at the map and saw that a road we love goes right there, Rte 98 goes from Lakeland to Old Town and is a much smaller and less traveled roadway.

Final Road going to the entrance to Yellow Jacket

We enjoyed a nice uncongested and scenic ride. It took us 3 ½ hours to get there including a gas/dog rest stop. Tom did the registration and was easy, the staff was very accommodating, and he found out that the local fishermen had a big fish fry for the campers that evening—lucky us!

We found and backed into our spot right on the water, as we wanted (site # 3). We noticed right off that parts of the campground were very wet, but nothing that impaired our enjoyment. The bathrooms/showers were close and clean. The campsite was long, wide and level crush stone. We were two sites away from the boat ramp and only feet away from the river. Campsites 1 & 2 were empty, so we had a great water view on the right side. Left side is the clubhouse with a lovely garden at the back and again open water view. We had no problem with cell signal; we got 1-3 bars with cricket wireless.

The next morning, we woke up to the sounds of the songbirds…Tom then made a delicious, healthy breakfast. We took the dogs for a walk around the campground. We couldn’t help noticing a lot of flooded campsites. The boat rentals were unavailable; the boat ramp was under water. In talking to other campers, we found out that due to heavy rains north of Florida, the River was higher than normal.

Back to our search for the brand new dog park, we walked down the trail that led to it. As we walked, we were amazed by so much natural beauty. There were two beautiful ponds along the way with a bench to sit and enjoy the scenery. The place was so natural, peaceful and quiet. No snakes or alligators was seen at that time-😊. After a while it started to rain, so we collected the dogs and started heading back. It was warm out so we just kept walking in the rain the whole way and for some time after we got back.

We met many nice people there, one of them was Chester who came over to talk to me. He’s from Ohio with his wife Michelle who originally came from the Philippines—same country where I grew up. Tom and I went over and spent some time talking with them and enjoying their company and their nice big RV.

That night was cold, and of course, our RV’s heat didn’t work. The next morning was sunny and beautiful, so after breakfast, we cleaned up and hit the road for home. I have to go back to work the following day. Along the way, we stopped in the sister dealership of where we bought our RV (Arrow Rv in Homassasa). They discovered we had a blown fuse for our heater, replaced it and we continued our way home. We had a nice and uneventful rest of our trip.

By the way, bring your own table as it was not provided for the individual sites. No AMEX as well.

Would we camp back in the future? Yes. Need more info?

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