Author: jolenemac199

Early retired mom and grandmother who is traveling around Florida with her mom volunteering in Florida Public Land areas, creating handcrafted jewelry to sell, writing blogs and publishing books as we go.

Birds We Have Seen

Red Cardinal at Rocky Bayou State Park
Red Cardinal at Rocky Bayou State Park
We have traveled to 17 of the 51 State Parks and Recreational Areas on our list to visit so far. Granted it has taken almost 6 months to see those that we have and it looks like we will not get to all of the others without a little help from our friends. As the saying goes. But the ones we have been to have been rather nice with a few hiccups here and there. Continue reading “Birds We Have Seen”

February Campaign

KatieAtTheComputerThis month we are trying to raise funds to pay for reserving the remaining parks in advance. We still have about 30 State Parks to visit. Through our travels over the last 5 months we have not been able to stay at all the State Parks we want in the order we need them to keep expenses down. Most of the State Parks in Florida are doing a pretty good business each and every weekend. Some of them are so popular with “Snowbirds” that you cannot get into them without having a reservation made at least four to 12 months in advance.
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Our First CampHost Position

stj-sunsetWe finally have our first Camp Host assignment. Traveling to all these great Florida State Parks has been exciting and fun. If a little tense at times with some of the money problems and repairs we have had to do in the last 4 months. But we like this Full-Timers stuff and wanted to see what the Camp Hosting thing is all about. We have seen them at every camping area we have been to and have even been able to talk to a few of them. Being a volunteer at one of these parks has a few advantages. One of those is not having to pay for site fees. Another is that most (not all) has sewers available for the camp hosts only. As you may have ascertained from our previous posts that is one thing we really appreciate. There are only 10 RV camping areas in the State of Florida Park systems that offer sewer connections on site and most of those only have a limited amount available. You can see our reviewsabout that to find out more. Continue reading “Our First CampHost Position”

Have An Emergency Fund

FaverDyles12082012 (15)While traveling it is always a good idea to have an emergency fund of some kind in either cash and/or credit cards. You never know what is going to happen when you travel. Case in point. We have been at Faver Dykes State Park just south of St. Augustine, Florida. Again, because we promised the family we would be close during the holidays. Which in this case was probably a good thing. We were able to stay at Goldhead State Park for about a month (they were not that busy and they gave us permission) but we had to move to the next park on the list near Jacksonville. Our RV is too long for us to spend any time at Little Talbot Island State Park camping area and the other RV spots were too expensive. Continue reading “Have An Emergency Fund”

Arrive At A New Campground Before Dark

Goldhead11212012 (128)We have only been traveling for two months and promised our family we would be around for the holidays. That means we had to traverse across the entire top part of Florida. This was quite a change from our previous travels as we tried to keep the travel time between parks not more than one or two hours at a time. Driving from Blackwater River State Park in Holt, Florida to Mike Roess Goldhead Branch State Park in Keystone Heights, Florida was extremely tiring. We don’t recommend it for beginners. Now, all you seasoned RV travelers that come to Florida every year from Canada and other parts North may sneer at our pitiful complaints, but hey, this is our first time. Anyway, we ended up leaving around 12 noon, stopping every 2 hours for a break and finally arriving at Goldhead well after dark. We hate arriving at a new place after dark.
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Second Lesson in Camping

We have been going round the Northwest part of Florida and have visited 6 different state parks so far. We will be heading for the next one on November 1st. In all this time we have only been able to fishing two times, didn’t catch anything, and have yet to start a fire or tried to cook anything outside. We have walked along some trails, taken lots of pictures, visited a few places outside the parks such as the National Naval Aviation Museum yesterday. Continue reading “Second Lesson in Camping”