A Florida State Rail Trail entrance located not far from Mary's lot.
For the record:This series of photos were made at the Citrus Springs vacant lot owned by Judy, Shelley and Greg. It was on Wednesday Feb. 8, 2017
It was an interesting day and a nice little vignette from our trip. We had spent the night before at a South Indian run motel in Ocala. We had a friendly “we’ve been to your country of birth” conversation with the owner. He told us a little of his life story, he had actually worked at a motel in New Hampshire as his first job in the country 15-20 years ago. He has two kids and a wife and they all live in a little apartment attached to the office. The next morning after getting the Saturn’s oil changed, we drove for about an hour to the West to find Citrus Springs. The day was warm but a bit overcast and sullen. We had GPS confusion as we weren’t 100% sure of the lot’s location. Initially we were in an area that appeared more developed and residential feeling. We pulled off the main road and found a guy working with his yard equipment. We talked for a bit about the local economics and then he gave us directions to the “main office”, but he wasn’t sure it was open. At this time we had thought that the office might have a more detailed map of the location of the lot. We never made it to the office, but all the better as we ended up in a builder’s show house along one of the main routes outside the development. The guy there was very nice and hospitable and was able to find the development plan with all the lots on his computer. We also talked more of the local economy, cost of building a house and what life is like in the area. With map in hand we drove back into the development. This time we drove through the mostly deserted road grids to one of the far corners of the property. It was pretty wild appearing and the continuous heat from the sun had aged the roads into a composite gravel. After walking around the property and getting a feel for the place we decided to drive on. The only house built in the area was a couple of blocks over so we thought we’d drive by and have a look. It was a small but well maintained house, single story maybe about 2000 sq ft. In the drive way there was a senior couple unloading the trunk of their Yellow VW Beetle. We stopped to say hello and introduce ourselves and a conversation ensued. They both had a heavy southern accent but were very open and friendly. I asked if they have any wild animals in the area, the guy said he has a coyote who comes into his yard at night “and I almost got him feeding right out of my hand”. They did say it was quiet at night and what they sometimes do for excitement is to ride their ATV under the power lines and look up at the stars. A bit romantic for a couple who were maybe 5-10 years older than us. I guess they were originally from Oklahoma then moved to FL, they seem to love their little piece of it, as wild and barren looking as it is. If you wanted to alter your lifestyle a bit it would as close to living out on the frontier as you can probably get in Florida in this modern age.