February 25, 2010

Road Trip - Day 2, Part 2

After Micanopy I headed up 441 past Payne's Prairie through Gainsville and then on to High Springs.  I didn't have time to stop and explore Payne's Prairie but I did stop at the boardwalk viewing area on 441 to snap a few photos.   Birdwatching is unavoidable here (over 270 species) and I loved their sign!
After that I bee-lined it to High Springs a place I haven't visited in a while.  It use to be one of my favorite stops on the way to NW Florida but I've changed my route over the years.  It was time I revisited! I headed straight for my favorite lunch stop, The Great Outdoor Trading Company store and restaurant, only to find that it had closed two years earlier.  Luckily, a family that loved it as much as I did (actually more) bought the place, restored the historic building and turned it into a wonderful restaurant and named it the Great Outdoors Restaurant.  I'll be blogging more about them later but here are a couple photos to wet your appetite.  I had a delicious Pretzel encrusted Grouper sandwich accompanied by Naked Ed (more on this on my way back through).  Some things you just have to experience twice.

After that I shot a few goats, cows and even a dog. He was the least happy about being shot!


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