Spinning A Yarn

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 282013

Yesterday was a much nicer day than the one before, lots of blue sky and in the mid-70s. So we decided to get out and have some fun.

We made a stop at the post office to mail out a couple of orders, then drove about 20 miles south to Breezy Oaks Campground near Bushnell. A while back we met Dick and Dorothy Tate from Michigan, and learned that Dorothy is an avid spinner and she invited Miss Terry to come down and spin with her sometime. Since Terry is still learning about spinning, she was excited to have some time to watch a more experienced spinner at work.

So Terry and Dorothy spent the afternoon sitting outside in the sunshine working at their spinning wheels and had a wonderful time.

Not only is Dorothy more experienced, she and Dick actually own several alpacas and sheep that provide her with wool. No, they don’t carry them in their Airstream travel trailer. The critters are back home and their daughter cares from them when Mom and Dad head south for the winter. (Trust me, if Terry could figure out how to get them into one of our basement storage bays, she’d sneak a flock in while I wasn’t looking!)

While they were doing that, I hung out with Al Hesselbart inside his Newell motorhome, checking out his progress on formatting his popular book on the history of the RV industry, The Dumb Things Sold Just Like That into an e-book for Amazon. I offered Al a few tips and made a suggestion or two, but he has a pretty good handle on things and is doing a good job.

While we were visiting, Al’s friend Dick Irwin came by for a visit. Dick and his wife are both licensed boat captains and worked on tour boats before retiring. At one time they took their boat on the Great Loop circle cruise, from Florida up the Intercostal Waterway to New York, down the Hudson River and Erie Canal, and eventually made their way to the Tennessee River and worked their way down to Mobile, Alabama and then across the Gulf of Mexico back to Florida. If you’re a boater, it’s the trip of a lifetime, kind of like driving the Alaska Highway is for RVers. Dick and Al are both members of the Tin Can Tourists (as are Dick and Dorothy Tate), so we talked about RVing and traveling for a while. So while the ladies were spinning yarn outside, I guess we were inside spinning some of our own!

Later on Dick and Dorothy introduced us (and Al) to a neat little restaurant called River Ratz Café in the little community of Nobleton. Located at the Withlacoochee River bridge, River Ratz is a dive in all the best ways. The menu includes typical fare, from BBQ wings and burgers to fish and chips, as well as Cuban sandwiches and catfish. The catfish dinner, either blackened or fried is always a hit. We had a nice time eating and visiting as we enjoyed the view of the river. This place definitely gets added to our Favorite Restaurants guidebook!

Thought For The day – I don’t want to be a grown up any more. It’s not nearly as much fun as it was supposed to be.

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  3 Responses to “Spinning A Yarn”

  1. River Ratz is one of our favorites in this area. Louise likes the Cuban, I like it all. Lots of motorcycles there on the weekends.

  2. Oooh wish I was there spinning with them!

  3. Oh yeah, River Ratz is good. Hope to get there in April.

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