Manatees and Other News

Since our February Park Fees Campaign didn’t do so well we have decided to take more CampHost positions for the rest of the year. We have had to postpone our southern leg of our Florida State Parks visits until next year. For now we have been granted a Camphost position at one of the river camps located along the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail for three months. We are looking forward to this new experience though with a little bit of trepidation as they had to close 3 of the 6 camps due to the rising water of the Suwannee this past week. But after a quick call to volunteer headquarters today we were told that they hope to have them all opened by this Sunday. That’s good because a lot of the schools will be getting the spring breaks soon. There is nothing like a kayak or canoe adventure to get away from it all that stress for a week or so. We expect to see quite a few people over the Easter Weekend. Phooey, we are starting our assignment on a holiday. :< Come to think of it our camphost assignment at St. Joseph's starts July 1st just before the holiday as well. Continue reading “Manatees and Other News”

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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