Friday, January 30, 2015

Three Rivers State Park: Our Second Visit

Hey, Everybody! Last time I checked in, we were about to head home to St. Augustine from General Coffee State Park in Georgia. We had a nice drive on a beautiful day. Gary actually cut our stay one day short, and I'm glad he did. There was stormy weather predicted the following day, and as wrong as the weather guys usually are, they were actually right on the mark this time. I was home safely and tucked into my garage when the pounding rains came. It rained for two days, but the weather was beautiful after that. We had almost a full week at home, and Gary was very busy doing all the things necessary to get ready for our next round of camping. He did take one full day away from working to hang out with our Ohio friend Gail in Ocala, FL. to do some antique shopping. Gail is staying in Florida for the winter. I didn't get polished like I had hoped. Gary said that he probably wouldn't do that until the end our camping season, so I guess I'll quit bugging him about doing it. After all the days we had on our last trip with little to no TV reception, it was kind of nice to be home to catch up on all my favorite TV shows. That's what occupied my time while Gary was busy with other things. The time went quickly, and early yesterday (Thursday) morning, we headed 246 miles west into the Florida panhandle, and arrived at Three Rivers State Park in Sneads, FL. This is our second visit here, but the first one in over two years. Our campsite last time was not that great, but Gary scoped out some better possibilities for future visits, and used that knowledge to book us a GREAT one this time. We're in campsite number 15, and we're tucked back into the northwest corner of the campground near the one and only cabin here. Our campsite is right on the river, and surrounded by tall pine trees. It's pretty for sure. The river has lots of boat traffic, and lots of those little black ducks. It's fun to watch all of the activity. TV reception here is very good, so I won't be stuck without seeing my favorite shows while Gary is off antique shopping. He is getting ready to go do that as I write this. It is REALLY windy today, but the sun is shining and it's going to be another FABULOUS day of camping. Who could ask for more?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Three Nights At General Coffee

Man, time sure does fly by. We got here to General Coffee on Monday afternoon, and as I write this, it's already Wednesday night. What's even worse is that we have to leave here in the morning and head home to St. Augustine. That's just SAD!!! As always, we have had a great time here. My singing along with the iPod has not scared the squirrels away, so that's good. Gary has been on the road antique shopping. That guy sure does love to shop! Just when I thought that Dodge could not hold one more thing, Gary somehow made room for more. He has bought a LOT of stuff on this trip. He's having fun doing it, so I guess there's nothing wrong with that. Between his frequent journeys to hunt down antiques, he has managed to feed our donkey friends Poncho and Jenny 8 pounds of carrots. Poncho is the darker colored donkey, and Jenny is the lighter colored one with the spots. They LOVE carrots! I wish I could go down to the corral to hang out with them, but I'm stuck here at the campsite. At least there are plenty of squirrels here to feed unlike some of the parks we go to. Gary has already planned the route home, with a stop at (you guessed it) an antique store along the way. We're about 170 miles from St. Augustine, so it won't take that long to get there, even though we poke along at a slow pace most of the time. We're never in any hurry. We will have almost a week at home before we head out on our next round of camping. That's longer than usual. Maybe I'll get that polishing that Gary had planned to do before we left on our current round of camping. We will see. Anyway, I'll miss our time on the road, but it sure will be nice to catch up with the latest episodes of "People's Court". These parks with no TV reception are KILLING me! From General Coffee State Park, this is your boy Toaster saying goodbye and goodnight.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

High Falls State Park

The second stop on our fifth round of camping, finds us at High Falls State Park. It has a Jackson Georgia address, but it's quite a ways from Jackson. It's not far off of I-75 at exit 198. This is our final day here. I would have posted sooner, but the internet connection is non-existent in the campground. Gary is typing this out for me from the campground office where there's Wi-Fi. I know he will do a good job in my absence. When we got here, the weather was pretty dismal. I guess the gloominess followed us here from our days of camping at Georgia Veteran's Memorial State Park where we were camping previously. It was dismal here the following day too, and it rained on and off all day. I slept. There was nothing else to do. There's no TV reception here either. Gary went antique shopping. That was a good thing to do on a dreary day. On our third day here, the sun finally came out. Gary took advantage of the nice weather, and took most of the pictures that you see here. That afternoon and into the night, he went to nearby Barnesville Georgia where he met up with his sister and her husband and attended an auction. He bought a rusty pedal tractor and matching trailer that he was thrilled to get. Then the next day, he went to a really cool flea market and antique shop in Indian Springs. He came back with some AWESOME stuff from there too. Poor old Dodge is nearly full. Gary continued to take pictures when he returned since the weather was so nice. As usual, I've been alone quite a bit, but the iPod has kept me company. I know most of the lyrics to the 2000+ songs on it, and I like to sing along when nobody is around. As you can see, this is a VERY pretty park. There's a big lake with a dam that I got to see when we checked in at the ranger station. The falls are downstream from the dam, and unfortunately for me, there is no vehicular access to them. Gary walked short trails on both sides of the falls to get all these pictures, so I got to enjoy the park like I usually do through the lens of his camera. There's an old power station inside the campground that's a ghost of it's former self. That's the big brick building you see in one of the pictures. The campground road goes right past it, so I got to see it. There are actually two camping areas here, one on the lake side, and one on the river side. We are in the river campground. That's the biggest of the two. The lake side campground is where most of the activities are at, including a pool for summer campers, and even a miniature golf course. It also has six yurts that overlook the lake for people to stay at that don't have campers or a tent. Near the ranger station/campground office/gift shop is a boat ramp. There are canoes, kayaks and paddleboards for rent. There are also pontoon paddle boats, which is something we haven't seen anywhere else. We have had a fun time here. I've caught up on my sleep, and Gary has gone to every antique store within a fifty mile radius. The days have been cool with temperatures mainly in the 50's or lower 60's, and the nights have been pretty nippy with temperatures in the lower 30's or higher 20's. Us southern boys who hate the hot summers are REALLY enjoying this. This is our time of year for sure. We head out of here in the morning. Our next stop is one of our favorite places, General Coffee State Park near Douglas Georgia. It's only been a couple of months since we were there last, but it's a good stopover point between where we are currently at and home. I KNOW we have a good internet connection there, so I will let you know how we are doing after we arrive. Happy Sunday from High Falls!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park

Hello friends and fans. Much has happened since I last posted, so I will try to catch you up on the latest happenings with Gary and Dodge and myself. We had three days at home to regroup after returning from Silver Springs. Dodge and I got baths. I guess Gary got one too, but his was inside the house instead of out in the yard. Dodge and I still had mud on us from our visit to Tomoka at Thanksgiving, and that was a LONG time ago. Gary thought he might get around to polishing me a little, but he came down with a bit of a cold on our first night home. He wasn't feeling too good for a couple of days, so the polishing got skipped, and all the necessary things got done so we could leave on our next round of camping. By the time we were ready to leave, Gary felt considerably better. This past Sunday, we headed out super early like we always do, and made our way up to Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park near Cordele. This is our first time here, but I'm sure it won't be the last. We really like it here. As you can see, we have a lakeside campsite. Even with all of the trees and grass looking dead from the winter, it's still pretty here. And since it's during the week, there are only a handful of us camping here right now. The few that are here have big motorhomes or fifth wheels, so Gary has the restroom to himself. He's enjoyed the privacy. Gary's sister Pat and her husband Dan came over from their farm in Woodbury on our first day here, and they spent the night in one of the villas that are available to rent at the resort here in the park. Pat and Dan and Gary went out to eat on Sunday night in Cordele, then met up on Monday morning for breakfast at Cordelia's inside the resort. Then they toured the Veterans Memorial museum. It has exhibits from every war inside, and various artillery and airplanes on display outside. Weather has been a problem while we've been here, so they were lucky to be able to see the outside exhibits while it wasn't raining. Pat and Dan went home after checking out everything they could here at the park. Gary was hoping to get in some picture taking, but heavy fog rolled in and spoiled the plans. It's been overcast and dismal looking when not raining or being foggy, so I guess the picture taking, beyond what I've posted here, will have to wait for a future trip. The weather hasn't effected me. I've been feeding the already porky squirrels here, and enjoying watching cable TV. We don't even have cable TV at home, so this has been a real treat. There are some WIERD shows on cable! Since it still wasn't picture taking weather today (Tuesday), Gary went antique shopping in nearby towns. He found some junk he liked, so he's happy. Unfortunately, we have to leave here in the morning. Our next stop is another park that is new to us, and hopefully it will be as good as this one is. We'll find out tomorrow!