Free Admission For Veterans

Happy Veterans Day! We appreciate your Service and hope you and your family have a safe and happy weekend

All of our Florida State Parks and Federal Public Land Areas are offering FREE Admission to Veterans tomorrow. We hope you will take advantage of these and enjoy our great parks throughout the state. It seems the National Parks are offering Free Admission for both Saturday and Sunday. There are hundreds of deals being offered around the state as well as the country for local Veterans to enjoy. The local newspapers will probably have a listing of the restaurants in the area as well as other companies offering deals. This is so great and we hope that every single Veteran will take advantage of some of them.
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Taking Vacation From Workamping

We are taking a little vacation from workamping again this week. We have cleaned all we can here at the park and have to wait until the flood waters have receded enough to do some more and the many miles of trails to dry up some more before the maintenance crew can get out there and chop up all the downed trees. Since the park is still officially closed we haven’t had to open the gate, clean the bathrooms or pick up trash for about 2 weeks now. We have, of course, ridden around picking any trash that we could find, hosed off all the playground equipment and the bathrooms in anticipation of opening. The front of the park is ready but the main areas that most of our visitors like the most (the walking trails and boat ramp) are still in need of work. With the water so close we have had a few close encounters with the local reptiles and watched to turkeys trout and the deer prance around. It’s almost like being back at Adams Tract River Camp (which we heard is also still quite damp).
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Cleaning Up After the Storm

Cleaning up around your park after any storm can be time-consuming and back-breaking kind of work but all of our public land areas really appreciate the help of their volunteers. Cleaning up after Hurricane Irma is and will continue to be a tough ordeal for any of the volunteer workampers (and park personnel) who can make their way back to whichever park, forest or preserve they were assigned to at the beginning of the month.

Cleaning up around your park after any storm can be time-consuming and back-breaking kind of work but all of our public land areas really appreciate the help of their volunteers. Cleaning up after Hurricane Irma is and will continue to be a tough ordeal for any of the volunteer workampers (and park personnel) who can make their way back to whichever park, forest or preserve they were assigned to at the beginning of the month. Most of all of the volunteers were probably asked to vacate the parks prior to the storm happening and we hope that all of them come back as soon as they can. Of course, if the winter volunteers want to come a little early that would probably be nice as well. We can say that one of our favorite Florida state parks we volunteered at is still experiencing some problems and may not be able to accommodate any volunteers yet. Dade Historical Battlefield State Park had quite a few downed trees and a few of them fell on the park hosts sites. Luckily, some of the Missouri State Park Rangers have come down to help cut up all the trees and they may be up and running pretty soon. You should call ahead to make sure you can come back. This is especially true of any of the park down below Ocala and points south.
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Getting Ready For Bad Weather

Getting ready for bad weather is a very popular topic here in Florida this week. With all the problems the poor people in Texas had over the last 2 weeks, we are now in the crosshairs of large storm ourselves. We went the grocery store yesterday just to pick up a few things and maybe go ahead and get some gas for the minivan. There was no gas at our favorite gas station and the others around town have jumped $0.35 a gallon in 4 days.

Getting ready for bad weather is a very popular topic here in Florida this week. With all the problems the poor people in Texas had over the last 2 weeks, we are now in the crosshairs of large storm ourselves. We went the grocery store yesterday just to pick up a few things and maybe go ahead and get some gas for the minivan. There was no gas at our favorite gas station and the others around town have jumped $0.35 a gallon in 4 days. Of course, there was no bottled water left either. We checked at Walmart and Winn-Dixie. Since our illustrious governor declared an early state of emergency the entire state has decided to get their hurricane supplies early. And to top it all off this time of the month our budget does not have room for any unexpected expenses.
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Happy Labor Day Weekend

Happy Labor Day Weekend everybody. If you haven’t gotten your reservations before now for the upcoming weekend in Florida then you may not find one with the Florida State Parks. Every single holiday weekend they fill up pretty fast even during our hot summer months. As of right now, there are only about 9 of the 53 Florida State Parks with any kind of availability for RV sites.

Happy Labor Day Weekend everybody. If you haven’t gotten your reservations before now for the upcoming weekend in Florida then you may not find one with the Florida State Parks. Every single holiday weekend they fill up pretty fast even during our hot summer months. As of right now, there are only about 9 of the 53 Florida State Parks with any kind of availability for RV sites. You may get a tent site or even a smaller travel trailer site but they are closing fast. Of course, if you want to get into one of the National Forests camping areas they are mostly first-come, first-serve so if you have a friend or family member who would be willing to go there and plant your RV into a site and pay through the weekend you might want to do that.
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