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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Rain Rain and More Rain

ONF08042016 (1)Rain, rain and more rain! Over the last couple of weeks we have been getting hit with rain almost every single days. Some days we get at least a couple of inches at a time. Thus for the last week we have had large puddles of water all over our campsite and in the picnic area. One good thing is that we cannot mow. The bad thing is the grass grows faster when its wet. The temperatures in the evening and early mornings have been kind of nice too. But we still have temperatures in the 90s. Well, duh, it is August in Florida.
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Beating The Summer Heat

ONF07172016 (1)Beating the summer heat seems to be the main occupation of almost everyone here in North Florida including us. We try to get most of our jobs done first thing in the morning or just after sunset or we will bake to a crisp even here is the shadiest park we have been to so far. There are numerous large pine and oak trees here but there really isn’t anything you can do about the over 100 degrees heat index on most days. And we are just getting started on the summer months. The lake temperature is rising and we have only had a few days of rain here and there so far. My granddaughter is again spending the summer with us and has finally learned to ride her bike! We are so proud of her and hope she will keep on practicing when she gets home again.
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Working Holidays as Park Hosts

ASP12292015 (6)Working holidays as parks hosts or campground hosts in our Florida State Parks will take up quite a few of your required hours for the month. Not only do you have to get your regular duties done but you will more than likely get called in to set-up the park for any special events planned during the holiday, replace park staff that will be taking off for said holidays and there will probably be more people in the park during those holidays to deal with. It seems that almost every single Florida State Park that offers camping will be full during every single holiday that falls on a weekend. Of course, this generally corresponds to the kids getting out of school for the holidays. Mostly, you get local residents every weekend with a few out-of-state visitors as well. This includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Independence Day and Memorial Day. As hot as it gets in Florida during May and July there will be lots of people camping in the state parks.

This will make your duties a little harder to get done but the mission of the parks is to encourage attendance as much as possible. It can be nice to talk to the different kinds of visitors, find out where they are from, ask the locals for recommendations of restaurants, stores and the like. You are one of the park’s ambassadors and as such you want to project a friendly and knowledgeable face so that they will keep coming back. We also try to talk to each of them about the benefits of volunteering. You can never have too many of those!
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First Two Weeks at Stephen Foster

Sunny Day on the Suwannee River
Sunny Day on the Suwannee River
Our first two weeks at Stephen Foster Cultural Center State Park in White Springs, Florida has been eventful, wet and a little tiring. We haven’t seen the sun very much since we got here and at least one morning we had icicles dripping from the RV (condensation from the fridge). Since there are no sewers on site here, even for the campground hosts, we have had to crank up the old RV and drive over to the dump station every three or four days. Our co-campground host couple have a “blue boy” and he drives it down to the dump station a couple of times in one day just to empty out his gray water tanks. We have decided on a schedule among ourselves by working three days one week and four days the next. We are taking the end of the weekdays and they the beginning this month with Sunday being the alternating fourth day. That way all of us gets three days off in a row. Of course, if campers come by your RV to ask questions and we are home we will still answer them the best we can.
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