It’s Warming Up!

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 122016

Hopefully the state of Florida is done throwing a tantrum because I’m here, and the cold weather and rain of last week are a thing of the past for a while. It’s supposed to be in the mid-70s today and not a moment too soon!

Yesterday was a stay at home day for us but it was a busy day anyway. While Miss Terry finished up the last of her paperwork, I was back to writing in my new Big Lake book. By the end of the day I had another 4,100 words done, which puts me just about at the halfway point. I’m still a little behind the 1,000 word a day goal I set for myself for the year, but close enough that another couple of hard writing days will get me back on track. Of course that word count does not include the 500 to 1,000 words a day I put into the blog.

I did take a couple of breaks, one to go over to the office and pay for our second week here at Sumter Oaks RV Park, and also to take the trash down to the dumpster. This is a busy campground, with people coming and going all the time. It’s not quite as full as it was when we got here, but on any given day some rigs are coming in and some are going out.

This has always been one of our favorite Escapees RV parks. It’s not as fancy as some, with gravel roads and the RV sites are on grass. Some sites have cement patios and some don’t. But the folks are always friendly here, our Verizon internet signal is good, and there’s a lot going on in the clubhouse all the time, from morning social hours to bingo, a couple of jam sessions a week, and other organized activities.

Bushnell SKP park 2 small

Bushnell SKP park small

There’s a swamp in the back of the campground, and though I haven’t seen them, I’ve heard over the years that there are couple of alligators back there. That’s no surprise, any body of water bigger than a birdbath in Florida usually has a gator in it.

Bushnell swamp small

But I have seen these guys. If you’ve never been awakened by a Sandhill crane, trust me, it’s one alarm clock that doesn’t have a snooze alarm!

Sandhill cranes

Two sandhills small

I think we are going to take a road trip today, possibly over toward Vero Beach. We haven’t been there before but I’ve heard good things about the community and we want to check it out. We may go over there to spend some time in a couple of months.

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  2 Responses to “It’s Warming Up!”

  1. Vero Beach area is a great area. We spent over 10 winters there at Sunshine RV which is an Encore/Thousand Trails park. I think it is a great area especially the town of Sebastian.

    Unfortunately I am back in the north – no more Florida winters. My husband died last year down there. I sold my RV.

  2. Come check out River Ranch RV park on highway 60. It is beautiful park and the people are nice. It is connected to Westgate River Ranch dude resort. We are 25 miles East of Lake Wales, 60 miles West of Vero. Nice park and very reasonable. It is away from the busy traffic in the coastal areas.

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