What a WONDERFUL DAY in the neighborhood!! The sun is shining and the air is warm! The neighbors are great! The new ones AND the others from years past! Fred and Barbara are English! Deb and Bill from Indiana, Earl and Laura from Arkansas, and Ron and Katie from Pittsburgh, Pa! They have all aided in completing part of our Forest Bucket List – a campfire with roasted marshmallows! The firewood was provided by a big dead limb that hung over our driveway AND the bright blue truck! The storm last week brought down part of it and after that H began parking his truck in the empty drive next door. The forestry truck finally arrived one day to finish the job and the downed limb was just enough to afford a very nice fire!
Part of the Annual Bucket List ALWAYS includes hunting for a bear or deer. Both have been accomplished! Kayaking with the manatees has been checked off as well. We were out sharing the experience with two young ladies, one on a paddleboard and one in a kayak but we left the water before they did. As I looked back out over the fairly calm scene, I saw a large dark body skim the top of the water and then saw the ensuing splash as the young lady on her stand up paddle board lost her balance in the excitement of having a manatee surface that close. When she resurfaced the laughter ricocheted out over the surface of the once quiet water!! Of course, after her struggle to regain the flat top of her board, and subdue the amount of embarrassed laughter – I added to her situation by loudly clapping and cheering from on shore! Always glad to help!
Last week we checked off St Augustine and this week we checked off Daytona Beach. H squeezed the truck into a parking spot right by the fishing pier and boardwalk. We took our annual stroll up and back on the wide boardwalk. The sun was warm and inviting and lots of families were taking advantage of it! H noticed the bungee jump had been moved to the other side of the waterfront park and we went to see what the newest ride that was with it. A huge wind generator type blade with a 2-seat bucket on each end began rotating and it was impossible to not hear the screams from the passengers being swung up and over – and over – and over. When that ride was over the bungee ride sent 2 other brave folks soaring way up high and bouncing way low – over and over! Enough! My stomach was queasy just watching!
The “neighborhood” is filling up! The nights are now lit up with lots of sparkling Christmas lights at most of the campsites. Part of the added population is because it’s a beautiful weekend and some are just more “snowbirds” arriving! Needless to say there was a good turnout at the Christmas Party Potluck that American Land & Leisure Company put on for the campers this afternoon! AL&L run the office and are the maintenance folks for the Ocala National Forest Campgrounds. Bob, the elf with the big striped slippers, has been here since the 1960’s! Aren’t they all cute?I think Santa needs to put back on some weight tho! There was plenty of delicious food and we all left with full tummies and empty dishes. My pot of Sweet and Sour Green Beans was well received! The only thing left in the bottom of the pot was a dibble of sweet & sour juice!
Christmas is coming! Our afternoon is going to be enjoyed at Dick & Sharon’s always lovely home in Ocala. It’ll be great to see Rick and Terry and John again! Our pretty little Christmas tree will be packed down, and the outdoor lights tucked away for the move down to our next stop in our winter venture.
Until our next blog conversation, please have a blessed and wonderful Christmas Holiday. Without Jesus’ birth – there would be no reason for this or any other season!