March 2012


Just a short 200 mile jaunt with the motor home this month. We drove from Palmdale, Florida to Bushnell, Florida. 

Our month at Sabal Palms RV Resort in Palmdale, Florida went by so quickly, yet we did a whole lot of nothing.  The weather was paradise-like – the reason snowbirds flock to Florida.

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The annual bluegrass fest was held in an outdoor pole-barn.  The weather was perfect.

The big event was the bluegrass festival that first weekend.  We volunteered to help sell hot dogs and snacks one afternoon.  Some of the musicians returned from last year but our favorite new group this year was Goldwing Express out of Branson, Missouri – three very talented brothers and their father.  

We had snagged an almost-new smoker at the park yard sale last month and Larry fired it up for the first time.  For someone who had never used a smoker before, he did pretty good.  Bill and Jane provided a pork butt and we contributed a turkey breast.  Between Bill, Jane and visiting friend Barbara and the two of us, we rounded out the meal with potato salad, baked beans, bread and coleslaw.  Dessert was chocolate/caramel/slightly-salted biscotti we had found at Costco recently – great meal, great fellowship and a great way to enjoy one last get together before everyone hit the road.

We met Harry and Marie for lunch at the Main Street American Eatery in Lake Placid, a good halfway point between Palmdale and their winter home in Frostproof.  We’ll see them again in September for the New England cruise we are taking together.

Last year, Cliff, Kathy and their four-legged companion Baxter were parked next to us for a very short visit as they were passing through the area.  What a nice surprise to come back from an outing and see them parked next to us again.  We enjoyed happy hour and dessert with them, and we hope we convinced them to stay longer next year.  

St. Patrick’s Day weekend was quite busy.  Dave and Sue, the park managers, fixed a wonderful corned beef and cabbage dinner that we helped serve.  Following the meal, John, the park’s talented karaoke emcee, did a solo concert of Irish ballads and other requested songs.  The next morning, we helped prepare and serve breakfast – a bargain at just $4/person.

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These sandhill cranes escorted the alligator back to the pond.  The five foot gator looks dwarfed by the cranes.

Never a dull moment in the park – a domesticated wild boar found his way to the park and decided it was a friendly place to meander and root around in till a local farmer finally was able to corral him and relocate him.  Another day we watched a pair of sandhill cranes chase one of our resident alligators back into the pond. Click here to watch the YouTube clip of chivalry in action.  This same gator decided to pay us a personal visit one afternoon while Larry was packing things up – the gator just wanted a little shade and a quick nap before heading back to the pond.  And here’s the clip for our sleepy afternoon visitor.  

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This gator was looking for some shade.  He found our RV.

Our time was winding down so we had last minute visits with the aunts in Tamarac. Ron and Jo came down from Zephyrhills for a cookout one afternoon.   We also had a visit from a mobile RV repairman - the RV fridge recall part had malfunctioned.  At less than a year old, it was still under warranty.  We located a mobile RV repair service who ordered the part, then came out to install it, all at no cost to us – wotta deal!  

Hugs all around when we left at the end of the month but we’ll be back next year – we’ve got reservations for the same site for February and March.  First stop - Americus, Georgia, where we’ll be hanging out with Dave and Mary and meeting the Habitat support folks with whom Lucille is now working (volunteering) as the one who processes the Care-A-Vanners registrations when they sign up for future builds.  On the way, we stopped for the night at Sumter Oaks, an Escapees’ RV park in Bushnell, where we got in a quick visit with longtime friend Robbie and his goldendoodle, Happy.

Next up:  After a few days in Americus, we’ll spend a week in Hillsville, Virginia, exploring the historic Crooked Road; a few days in the Fredericksburg area; visiting with family near Fort Meade, Maryland; and ending up in North Scituate, Rhode Island for our NOMADS project at Camp Aldersgate.  We hope to be at our site in Klondike in Otis, Massachusetts, by Mother’s Day.

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