JANUARY 11-15, 2021
Our organization is still under lockdown per advisement from the National Good Sam’s Organization. Chapters can get together but cannot call an organized meeting due to the liability issue on the national level. Five rigs met at Fisheating Creek, January 11-15. This campground had nice concrete pads and full hook-ups along with heavy-duty picnic tables. The weather was unseasonably chilly with some rain. Some played corn-toss one morning and one afternoon found 5 playing Chicken Foot domino. Some went for walks and/or bike rides. But the main thing was being able to talk to each other…face-to-face. Social distancing was a must. There was not a pot-luck or prepared food for happy hours, but some brought pre-packaged snacks. Just getting away from the home-based surroundings was a treat for all of us! Two people had gotten their first Covid vaccination and four others were scheduled to get theirs this camping week. One of our members was in the hospital after suffering an accident (pinned against a concrete pole and a box truck). They are progressing slowly but doing well. Our next campout will be in March 8-12 at Ortona Locks.
OCTOBER 5-9, 2020
Eight RV’s arrived on Monday (with one arriving on Sunday) at Koreshan State Park in Estero, FL. The first day was a resting day since some had to travel a distance and getting packed up was exhausting after 6 months of not having the RV’s out. Tuesday morning found a lot of masked people arriving at our host campsite (thanks to the Reed’s). Lots of conversation and laughter to catch up on plus find out what has been happening in our group after being “home bodies” due to the quarantine with the pandemic. Our host provided us with pre-packaged snacks each day along with morning donuts for those that wanted to partake. We met each late afternoon to enjoy “real people” and “real conversations”! The weather was pit-sweating HOT but gorgeous blue to partly cloudy skies with a touch of rain during our nature visit. We even had visitors that are interested in joining our “camping family”. We did have a discussion on emails our President had received from our State Director, Tommy Crutchfield, plus to have a contact person (aka President) for 2021. Paul Rogaleski will be that person plus has taken over Wagon Master. (Thanks much, Paul!) President Margaret Riley and Vice President/Wagon Master are stepping down due to health issues. Group games were not played as we kept our social distancing. Masks were worn by those taking precautions while some did not wear masks thinking that being outside, but at the 6′ distance, would be safe enough. Time will tell! Friday morning, we lingered getting back into our RV’s and hitting the dusty trail. Until we meet again next month, Campers, at Franklin Locks in Alva, FL, November 9-13, 2020 . We can only think good thoughts that this Covid-19 will begin to go away, not take any of our camping friends, and things will return to a normal life.
Our camping lives have been changed and the camper/motorhome stays put due to a pandemic world. This virus has touched each of our lives in various ways. Some of us are finding out that eating out a bunch isn’t as joyful as it used to be. Carry-out is the only way to “eat out”. We are wearing medical gloves and masks where ever we go, but going is only a necessity (grocery stores and pharmacies). We are staying home and learning patience, solitude, and respect for those working in danger zones and hot spots due to a virus that was unknown to us 6 months ago. Many of our members are cleaning, sorting out photos, organizing a shop/garage, researching the internet, enjoy a hobby, and whatever can keep us from being homesick for being with our camping family. Our children worry about us and our friends are concerned for our well being. But we survived so much in our lives…what’s one more challenge? Until this virus is under control, we’ll all stay close to our dwellings and keep in contact via emails, Facebook, and phone calls. Thank goodness for technology!
MARCH 9-13, 2020
Weather was chilly to warm but comfortable plus cloudy and partly cloudy. Take your pick and you’d have what you want! This month we camped at Lake Kissimmee State Park…definitely a tribute to Florida nature. Our campout was from March 9 to March 13, 2020 (uh-oh…Friday the 13th!)
Thanks to Carl and Becki Richards for hosting and Mike and Paul Hodson for assisting. Both couples gave a most relaxed time and time to enjoy camping, games, and what the park had to offer. Walking through the Richard’s site were turkeys and armadillos. There was a sassy cardinal that gave us some beautiful color to the surrounding foliage. Even a deer was seen at one campsite.
Monday, we gathered at our host site to enjoy appetizers and friendship. It’s always amazing how much we have to catch up in a month lapsing of time.
Tuesday morning the hosts and co-hosts had a 9:00 brunch ready to enjoy. Coffee was even available! By noon, we had gone back to our units for a quick lunch and then at 2:00 p.m. we had our monthly meeting. During this meeting, we swore in Gerald and Meriam Reed. Welcome, welcome! We are delighted to have you join our RV family! At 5:00, we all outdid ourselves in having a delicious spread of a variety of foods! We were all stuffed after sampling all the food creations!
Wednesday morning there were breakfast yummies available for all. The morning was enjoyed with everyone chatting and enjoying the gorgeous weather. The afternoon found most enjoying games and some enjoying kayaking plus biking. The host announced that morning we would have a leftover meal…time to clean out the refrigerator!! After attending numerous campouts with us, we were delighted to receive a membership form for the acceptance of Mike and Paula Hodson. Welcome to the Hodson’s! Wow! Two couples joined our family at this campout! We are growing and so excited to welcome them both!
Thursday morning was another breakfast…oh how we were getting spoiled. Wonder if we can have the hosts/co-hosts come to our homes to fix us daily breakfasts? Games and competition for the afternoon. Happy hour was at 4:00 p.m. Two couples left today.
Friday…always time to say our goodbyes and hugs! It was a fun and relaxing week! Until next time….
FEBRUARY 10-14, 2020
In a blink of an eye, January is gone. Again, thanks to the hosts and co-hosts for a fun outing. February was just as fun and decorated for the “love” month. Cookie and Mike were hosts and Wayne and Joan were co-hosts. Great job! Each day, they gave us Valentine decorations along with one day of Valentine candies! Yum!
This month’s campout was held at Hardee’s Lakes with lovely, unseasonable weather February 10-14, 2020. We weren’t all parked close to each other but some had a gorgeous view out their front window with pull-thru sites. People were in small boats fishing and birds kept zipping in and out of each of our views.
Monday the 10th, we arrived at various times and at 4:00 p.m. we met for appetizers and chatting to catch up since our last outing. Many shared some exciting times.
Tuesday, 11th, we were invited to Mike and Cookie’s site for breakfast snacks. Each were to bring their own coffee. Many participated in corn toss! Look out state (in April) as some are going to be tough to beat! By noon, we had gone back to our units to enjoy lunch and enjoy our own RV. We had a business meeting at 2:30. Secretary minutes are to be emailed to all members. This month was our Annual Soup-er Bowl event. Everyone brings a large pan or crock-pot of their favorite soup. The variety was phenomenal! Lots of stuffed bellies after this meal! When darkness came upon us, many played games in the Riley’s RV and the McGee’s RV. Everyone loves a little competition!!
Hump day on the 12th, started the day with breakfast at Mike and Cookie’s site. Bean Bag baseball is a game we have to play to sharpen our skills for the state competition. Go Everglades! (We found out that we really do need to practice!). In the afternoon, the men played cards in the Riley’s RV and the ladies played Chicken Foot dominoes outside to enjoy nature. At 3:30 p.m., everyone brought a dessert. Oh my! Calories were in the thousands on that table but truly enjoyed by all! After dark, we played board games inside the Riley’s and the McGee’s RV’s.
The 13th, Thursday, found us enjoying another delicious breakfast at our host’s site. Games in the morning and afternoon. After game time, it is always nice to “clean out your refrigerator” and bring your leftovers to the host picnic table for the evening meal. Soups are always good reheated! And having a meal all together as “a family” are treasured memories.
Friday morning (14th) was breakfast and tear down time. Hugs and good-byes were given as we all pulled out to head back to our abodes (probably to rest!LOL!). See everyone next month at Lake Kissimmee where the Richard’s are going to be our host site.
JANUARY 13-17, 2020
One cannot complain on the wonderful weather we had for the January outing! Usually, we have on light weight jackets and long pants, but this year found us in shorts and short sleeves. It was a pleasant temperature for all to enjoy. In Highlands Hammock, you can find a flurry of oak leaves drifting from their home down to the earth. Thus, it was a challenge to keep those leaves out of open food dishes and Gary’s grill on Friday morning!
Our campout started out on mid-afternoon on Monday with our traditional “Happy Snack Time”. Always wonderful items to snack on and time to catch up on the latest with everyone. Some health issues among us since our last outing, but all are improving.
Tuesday was coffee and breakfast snacks and more catching up. Every morning, we had a pesky squirrel that was determined to enjoy our many feasts. He made success on sampling Becki’s breakfast rolls. After lunch, we gathered for games until time to light up the grill for our annual Piggy Bank meal. The Riley’s invited everyone to their RV for games, and the Pouliot’s invited everyone to their RV for a campfire.
Wednesday was time to practice Bean Bag Baseball for state competition in April. We soon realized that we were out of practice and needed more before the big competition. At 11:00, we car pooled and went to Captain D’s, which was enjoyed by all. Business meeting afterwards, which was our 602nd! Happy Snack Time was groaned upon since many were still full from the lunch outing.
Thursday morning, we found our chairs lined up ready to battle it out in Bean Bag Baseball. We had some hot throws with some home runs to boost up the scoring. Afternoon board games, with carpooling at 4:00 p.m. to dine at the local Watering Hole restaurant. Some played games after our return. The campground was very full with very few open sites. But still very dark when you were out for a night walk or going back to your camper after an exciting board game.
Friday morning, Gary and Barbara Pouliot hosted us, while Chef Gary showed us his breakfast grilling talents. Soon it was time to depart with hugs, handshakes, and waves of good-byes. Our February outing will be at Hardee’s Lakes with Mike Ketchmark and Cookie Bakunoff as hosts.