When we leave here at Myakka River State Park we will be doing a whirlwind tour of 10 Florida State Parks in 30 days on our way to Suwannee River Wilderness River Camps. As you can see from our Calendar page we have already posted where we will be and when. The reservations have been made and paid for we only hope that old “Big Bertha”, our 1984 Class A Pace Arrow RV, is up to the trips. We scheduled them this way so that we can go to as many parks as we could before our next campground hosting assignment. Needless to say, for the month of April, we may not be able to post many blog articles. Who knows? I will try to post as we go. I am still working on creating movies of our pictures from St. Joseph’s and Dade Battlefield as well as taking more pictures for our Myakka River review. Since the internet service here is sporadic at best and weak most of the time I cannot justify spending time to create the movies when I cannot upload them while we are here.
Was it a smaller, out-of-the-way State Park or was it just outside of a large town and a fairly large State Park?
Do you prefer to stay at a place with lots of activities or do you just want to lay back and enjoy the quiet?
These questions and more you really should ask yourself before you make reservations at any State or National Park. (Please always make reservations as far in advance as you can). The reason being is you will want to get the most bang for your hard-earned, or even retired, bucks. If you haven’t visited your intended park before go online and read the material on their website, check out some videos about the park on YouTube and ask friends, relatives and your Facebook buddies what they thought about the park if they visited it in the before. You want to look at pictures and videos and go online to see what people have said about the park recently. Remember things could have changed if the information is more than a couple of years old. And please make note of some of the rules about camping in your intended parks as well. They are there for the comfort, safety and enjoyment of all the visitors not just to pick on you.
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Myakka River so far has been a great experience. The weather has been pretty volatile with cold days, wet days, wet and cold days as well a bright sunny days too. There are a lot of campground host volunteers here during the winter months of January to March. Most are from up north with some of those as far as Canada. This is a very social occasion for these volunteers and they have pot luck dinners, movie nights and bomb fire game nights. Most of these people have been volunteering at this park for years. Being as they have so many volunteers quite a lot can and does get done during these months for the park rangers. There is cleaning of the huge park including all the public restrooms; campground cleaning; volunteers manning the main entrance taking money from new comers and the north entrance on weekends; working in the visitors centers; bird watching teachers; as well as mowing and clear cutting of the surrounding woods to prepare for the annual controlled burn and all the special events. This year the volunteers have agreed to host a weekly morning social hour with coffee, tea, juice and assorting snacks being available for just a $1 donation per person. It is a great chance for our fellow campers to get to know each other, meet the campground hosts and some of the ranger who drop by and listen to some music from some very talented volunteers. This is such a large park with so many things going on that they really need all these volunteers to keep things moving.
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Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is a great place to start your career at being a campground hosts in our Florida State Parks. Since they do not have campsites for visitors then you would be called a Residential Host. This little park encourages local people to join the Dade Battlefield Society and volunteer for as many events at the park as they are able. Mostly, it is a grunt position where you help set-up for events, maybe participate in the events, help with parking or just help clean-up afterwards. We were offered the position and given “special projects” while we were there. Which started with us painting the new Park Ranger’s House before his and his family’s arrival. Let me tell you that was a learning experience for my Mom and I. In between painting we were asked to participate with the Pioneer classes that the Volunteer Coordinator has once a month. Sometimes we would demonstrate how to make corn-husk dolls or sit at the gatehouse and collect the entrance fees. When we arrived there were two other Residential Hosts as singles, one is a carpenter and regular handyman and the other is an electrician, handyman and worked cleaning bathrooms and maintain all the equipment and buildings. They also did most of the set-up and clean-up before and after each of the events. Later another two volunteers came in and helped with the lawn maintenance and the events. The last month another family arrived and they helped us with the gatehouse and events participation.
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Now that I finally have help with our craft business I should be able to get some articles posted to my various blogs and will try to start posting to Our Great Adventure every week. There is so much to report to you guys that we will start with a wrap-up of St. Josephs Peninsula, then the wrap-up with Dade Battlefield and then an update on our current assignment here at Myakka River State Park. I will be trying to get the movies made for the State Park Reviews and uploaded to YouTube as soon as I can. We have very limited internet service here and will probably have to go down to the Myakka Outpost and use their wireless service to upload the videos once I get them done.
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William J Rish Recreational Park is a great place to spend time at the beach. The park is strictly for Florida residents with disabilities. Their families and/or care-givers are allowed to come too! “It is named in memory of the state legislator who created it—Representative William Joseph Rish. It’s often called Billy Joe Rish Park, because locals referred to their longtime legislator as Billy Joe Rish.”
The west side or beach side of the park is in great shape now. There are large cabins for overnight stays. Everything within the round shaped cabins are wheelchair accessible. You can barbecue, sit in the sun, play board games, visit with your neighbors or just wander up, down and around the park. Continue reading “William J Rish Recreational Park”