2/3/18 – After leaving FDR State Park in GA Thursday morning, we crossed over into FL and to the Ichetucknee Springs Campground for a night. It was really just a stopover but I wish I’d had more time there, as I’d also wished at Pine Mountain. I never like to stay just one night anywhere, it’s too much trouble to set up and break down, and had orignally planned another day at each, but since I had a goal to get to the Campazon by yesterday, and had delays to my lift-off, I pretty much was just moving. Now we’re here at the Little Manatee River Canoe Outpost for the gathering, but want to spend a little type on Ichetucknee first.
As the name implies it’s at the Ichetucknee Springs, there’s a State Park there but no campsites, so this is a little private campground with canoe/kayak/raft rentals and guided outings. It’s really nice, very large sandy campsites in tall live oaks. It’s northern FL so still a bit chilly therefore not super busy yet like more southern areas of FL. Out of the 8-10 other campers there, there were at least 4 solo women, all full-timers. We are everywhere! Xena met several fulltimer dogs too and a couple of cats. I have trouble imagining traveling with cats but they are everywhere in the RVing/camping world too. There are lots of ways to connect with each other: solo RV women on FB and other forums, large numbers of solo women blogging and posting on UTube. I love meeting each other on the road, til now have only seen one other tho. At this campground there’s a gathering room/game room with a fireplace, coffee, wifi where I met several of these women in the morning and had great conversations about traveling experiences, plans etc. So it turned out to be a fabulous stopover and sure wish I’d had time for more, including a little kayaking down the river. Another time.
So, then down to Little Manatee for the Campazon. On the way my computerized car messaged me I needed an oil change. Now how does it know that!!?? At first it said “soon”, then after about an hour it said “required”. I found a jiffy lube type place but there were 3-4 cars ahead (an hour) plus I’d have to unhitch the camper. I decided it could wait (the oil wasn’t low, just time for a change) til I got settled with the camper off and just drive the highlander. That worked fine, got the oil change, but the message didn’t go off. I didn’t notice until I’d driven away, bet they were supposed to press some magic switch to get it off. Thankfully they’re close so I’ll go back Monday. Another huge learning curve with this vehicle, I’ve never owned one with so many bells and whistles and computers. I’ll also look it up in the owners manual and see if it tells me.
Back at Campazon – Wonderful to see some old friends who’ve visited Full Circle Farm over the years, and to see newer friends, and meet brand new ones. Xena also met up with one dog who’s been to FCF and other new friends. And of course good to see Doreen, another FCF member who lives part time there in NC and part time in FL in her camper. It’s a great group of women, have the whole group tent camping area so it looks like festival, including music, games, and tables set up, at least one selling some very nice hand knitted/crocheted rainbow hats. We also have most of the RV sites and cabins. The group is basically made up of long time Michigan Women’s Festival “Festie” attendees from FL and friends, tho some from other sates, who get together 3-4 times a year somewhere in FL for a campout. What a great idea. Glad I came. I will probably include these gatherings in my travels as I can.
I was planning to go on a river walk this morning, but after Xena and I went on our walk earlier and I settled in to with coffee and sitting a spell for the first time since I’ve been out, that’s all I really wanted to do for a while this morning – catch up with emails, this blog and reading some. And maybe figuring out this format so I can post pictures and see the comments. It would be a lot more fun to see what you’re saying (if you are, and I hope you are!). And let me know if you’re having any trouble accessing the blog too. You can give me tech support how to do it, as much as I hate to admit my lack of techability – mostly it’s patience I lack actually. Give me a garden, patience all day, a computer or iPhone, not so much. Maybe your tech support should be via email tho since I’m not seeing the comments here. I set this up on my gmail account, which I’ll have to change to soon anyway as we’re getting fiber optic at FCF with a different supplier so will have to give up my other one. But you can use my embarqmail if you have it, or text if you have that.
OK, so off to a morning of coffee, breakfast, email catch-up and exploring wordpress, then more fun with the women at Campazon. Just love the word, I’m a Campazon!