January 8 – 11, 2018: Fisheating Creek, Palmdale, FL
[As you can see, there is a gap between the July 2017 report and this January report. I do apologize for the missing camping info. I was busy all summer creating / sewing 3 costumes for the November parade at the Good Sam Fall Rally in Eustis, FL. Check out the photo page. We were awarded second place. The theme for the rally’s parade was “Sam & Samantha on Safari”. Well, we were nonconformists and to be more relevant we chose to have “Sam & Samantha on Safari in the Everglades”. Not exactly what the judges were looking for. We had come up with innovative costumes portraying critters in the Everglades. We had “Sam” & “Samantha” carrying our logo banner at the front of our group. Then came our fan-driven airboat (on a golf cart frame), an Alligator, a Bear, a Great White Egret, a Panther, a Bald Eagle, a Turtle, a Ranger fighting a python snake, a Flamingo, and a Butterfly with a Butterfly Catcher right behind her. We also had a Ranger with his pet raccoon that squirted onlookers, and a Palm Tree to give us shade as we moved along the parade route. We had a fun time even if we didn’t win first place. (We should have.) ]
Our January campout at Fisheating Creek was most relaxing and totally enjoyable. We had 11 rigs at this campout. We displayed our new individual logo flags at each of our sites. The small site flags match our large chapter banner that is displayed at each campout. Our host provided coffee and sweet treats for us each morning. We played Ladder Golf and card games. We had a campfire each evening. We roasted marshmallows and chatted while we watched the dancing flames. In honor of the Super Bowl that will soon be played, we had our annual Soup-er Bowl PotLuck. There were 8 crockpots steaming with the most delicious homemade soups. We found that the sturdy cardboard “4-hole drink holders” were a perfect way to hold 4 styrofoam cups. That way, we could sample four soups with one visit to the food table. And, we had the “left-over” soups for the evening meal the next day. Yummy! After all that food, many took walks on several trails the next morning and some rode their bicycles around the campground. A big Thank You to our hosts, Helmut & Donna for a great campout. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~July 10-14th, 2017: Alligator Park, Punta Gorda, FL
We had 8 rigs parked side by side in a row ,just down form the smaller meeting room used for smaller groups. We had tables & chairs and a large screen TV & DVD player as well as 2 pool tables. We had a delicious pot-luck meal on Tuesday followed by a movie night complete with popcorn. “RV” staring Robin Williams was the feature film. Our mornings were spent in the pool, playing bean bag baseball, biking or all of the above. We played Wizard, Up the River, Golf, and Chicken foot Dominoes. Wednesday eve several of us had hoped to take a boat cruise but due to the weather we went out to eat. The others stayed and played games or explored the Peace River Nature Center and Fisherman’s Village. Thursday night we had another movie and root beer floats! The movie was “Where The Red Fern Grows”. Friday morning, Host Paul prepared pancakes & sausage for our group before we said “good-by”. Another GREAT camp-out with good friends and good food!! Thank you Hosts Paul & Kathie, you planned a fun time for all.
June 12 – 16, 2017: Harbor Lakes was a great place for us to hold a summer camp-out Large cool meeting room, smaller “jig-saw puzzle” room, clean bathhouse and showers, pool & hot tub, Plus every morning, they had a large pot of decaf coffee sitting on a serving cart. Our Hosts John & Jean brought over our chapter’s air-pot with regular coffee in it so everyone was happy. Several brought their bicycles and toured the large Park between rain storms. We had 10 rigs this month.
2017 January Camp-out at Brownville Park north of Arcadia
6 rigs enjoyed 4 nights. For the most part, we had the park to ourselves. Games of Bean Bag Baseball were held in the mornings for those who wished to play. In the afternoons the men sat around and talked while maintaining the campfire. The women played the card game Farkle and the domino game of Chickenfoot. The campfire was slowly started on the first night (wet wood) and was kept burning until we departed. Some of our members cooked their hot dogs, kielbasa, and hamburgers over the open flame. Potatoes were wrapped in foil and placed in hot coals at the edge of the fire. Helmut & Donna were most accommodating hosts. They had morning coffee waiting for us each day and surprised us one night with a feast of s’mores. Some hiked the trails and some went to town for lunch and shopping in the antique shops. All had a great time!
2016 December Camp-out at Lake Kissimmee St Pk
Margaret & Sherman hosted a festive time with afternoon Christmas crafts for the ladies and games for the men. An armadillo made an unwelcome visit to our get together but a well aimed empty water bottle sent him on his way. We had a loaded baked potato bar and make your own sundaes instead of the traditional pot luck. Everyone brought toppings for both and the Riley’s provided the potatoes and ice cream. Some of us took advantage of the many trails in the campground and biked and hiked. We played some holiday games and sang Christmas carols on our last evening there. The Riley’s sent us on our way home after a breakfast feast of egg casserole, fruit, pastries and cookies and of course coffee ! We truly missed all who could not be with us and hope to see you at the next campout.
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