Florida Roadtrippin’ Day Three (end point Mayo)

Day Three (Tuesday, July 5)
Our end-point for this day was, again, not too far away. Our big plan for this day was the lazy river at Ichetucknee Springs State Park, and we didn’t want to have to drive too far on either side of that.


Places to Stay:
Suwanee River Rendezvous in Mayo, FL — We rented the cabin closest to the river and it was awesome. The cabin was the perfect size to cook a real dinner, relax on the lawn and porch, and I even turned the loft bedroom into a writing cubbyhole for the night. The RV park has a pool, a creepy-looking spring hole, motel rooms, campsites, trails, a cafe, a small c-store, and a ‘take one, leave one’ shelf of books where, if you’re lucky, you can still find a copy of All the Bridges Burning.

Things to Do:
The aforementioned lazy river at Ichetucknee Springs State Park. They have a pretty good system. You rent tubes from a place outside the park. We picked Ichetucknee Tube Center. Drive into the north entrance and pay the entry fee ($6 for most cars). Drop off tubers, tubes, and take everything not planning to trek down the river with you in the car down to the south entrance. (Seriously, if you don’t want to take your shoes on the river, leave them in the car.) At the south entrance, the driver can choose to leave keys with the concession stand for a small fee if they don’t want them wet, buy tickets for the tram if they plan to get out at the southern end of the river, and take a shuttle back to the north entrance. (If you get out at Dampier’s Landing, you don’t need tram tickets, but note that the current at Dampier’s is STRONG and you may not be able to get out there even if you want to.)

Stuff to Eat:
We ate all our own food again. We had bagels and tofu scramble at Silver Princess; PB&J sandwiches with bean dip and tortilla chips for lunch in the park; and Field Roast sausages sauteed with onion, pepper, and leftover root veggies over rice medley at the cabin.