Flat Island Preserve – Group Camp and Canoe Outing – October 2009

First I have to say we had incredibly high temperatures this trip. It is snowing in Colorado and Iowa and we had a record high weekend. Ellie and I set up camp at about 3 pm and the rest of the guests started arriving at about 7 pm on Friday. We me Dylan the resident officer and he was just a joy to talk to and get to know! He has a great 2nd job there! We had a wonderful dinner of Baked Ziti, got everyone settled in their tents and took a hike around the meadow. We saw a beautiful rock dove, opossum and raccoon tracks and lots of butterflies. We came across a bobcat track and hog sign to. The kids had a lot of questions and they got to learn a lot! Tracy stopped by to make sure we were having a good time and filled us in on the property a bit more. I was nice to spend time with such a great group of people!


Everyone was settled down to sleep by 10 pm as we listened to a thunderstorm start to roll in. The kids got to see an armadillo rooting around the forest line from their tent. I got up and put all our supplies under plastic just as the late summer shower started. The light rain did not last long and soon after the moon was shining like morning into the door of my tent. Then the critters were out and about again. A raccoon was searching around and then a hog ran past the camp about 20 yards away along the brush.


Saturday morning we all had cinnamon rolls and biscuits and gravy – yummy! Soon we were off on the 1 mile hike to the canoes. Ellie found an armadillo skeleton not far from where we saw more bobcat tracks and there was lots of fresh hog sign from after the morning rain. After a little mix up we were loading in the canoes and headed out to the lake. What an amazing site – lots of butterflies and flowering water plants. Beautifully colored dragonflies zipped in between the flowers and butterflies to. The 10 minute canoe trip to the lake was pleasant and the view when we got there was near breathtaking – not a house in site! We traveled around the lake and took in the sights and then with the sky darkening we headed back to the docks to get the canoes locked back up. Dylan was there to meet us at the dock and wanted to make sure all went well for us – again he went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we were all safe and had a good time! On the way back to the camp we took more photos of critters and local plants and the Edwin spotted a 14 inch snake just off the trail. It was a fat cotton mouth just hanging around to get its 15 min of fame. Of course we were like paparazzi and got some cool photos. On arriving back to camp we had hot dogs and baked beans and chips and started breaking down camp – the weather was turning bad fast now! We got all packed up except 1 tent before the rains hit. All packed up and on our way home, it was not long before the kids were fast asleep in the back seats!


The staff- Gail, Tracy, Patricia and Dylan were all amazing to work with! I can’t wait to book another event out there in the spring – after and before the bugs J. I cannot close without thanking them and the Lake County Water Authority for the opportunity to share this wonderful property with our group from Tampa!


If you missed this group trip and are interested in this location please contact us or the staff at Lake County Water Authority, this place is a must see if you are interested in the “Real Florida”


About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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3 Responses to Flat Island Preserve – Group Camp and Canoe Outing – October 2009

  1. Darline says:

    Looks like a fun and interesting outing. Thanks for taking us along with words and pictures.

  2. Cora says:

    Wonderful update!

  3. Sandra says:

    Another great adventure Jeanene. Night time is a great place to experience under the stars.Some beautiful photos and a well written blog. Wished I was camping right now.Sandra

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