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Remember 9/11 - Pancake Breakfast in Central FLA!

By: PeaceRiverBP, 5:59 PM GMT on July 24, 2007

Remember 9/11


The photo shown below was taken shortly after we arrived- but the large tree in front of the Ark is sporting far fewer leaves nowadays, with all the wind we've been getting. The wind is no stranger here, being that we're on a long, skinny peninsula that sticks out into the ocean. You'll notice that the tree already leans to one side, thanks to Hurricane Bob. In any case, this is a nice quiet place to park and you can see by the tricycle, that my grand-daughter is a frequent visitor! :-D


The Ark has landed and we're enjoying our first days on my old stomping grounds and visiting with family & friends! I'm able to spend a lot of time with my daughters and my grand-daughter is with us almost all day everyday. This is a photo of my grand-daughter and Sammy at the breakfast table. They're great pals already!



Hubby & I went out on a last jaunt around the park this evening and I took a few photos. Weíll miss it here.







The Ark is all packed up and ready to roll! Iím not sure if Iíll be able to check in before we leave in the morning, but I will if I can- Iíll miss you all for the time Iíll be without Internet!




Hello Everyone!

We just found a temporary work opportunity in New England (where we have to be for the wedding of one of my daughters this fall, anyway) so this Saturday we are leaving Florida for the sandy shores of Cape Cod. We'll only be gone for 11 weeks and will return as planned after the wedding in the first week of November so we will be back in plenty of time to host the Pancake Breakfast.

We are now getting the Ark (our motor home) ready to hit the road. We expect it will take us three days to get up there and we're hoping for good traveling weather on the way. Of course, we still have to work at the park this week, so this is a busy time for us!

I'll really miss being down here and will especially miss living at the park, but I am excited about seeing my daughters and grand-daughter and all my family and friends for the first time in a long time! I'm also pleased that we'll be there to help my daughter with her wedding preparations!

I lived on Cape Cod until I was in my early 40's, so even though Florida is my home now, the Cape in still deeply ingrained in me. Even though it now scarcely resembles the place where I grew up, it's still nice to go places around town and run into people I know. That was one of the hardest things about moving to Florida was finding myself in a place for the first time in my life, where everyone was a stranger!

My grand-daughter at 18 months, on Nauset's outer beach(now going on five years old)


And, naturally, I'm going to be eating a LOT of seafood while I'm 'home'! I guess everyone thinks their seafood is the best, but I'm very biased - I think that New England seafood is the best in the world! I can't wait to have some REAL fresh fish! And fresh scallops and lobster, too! My Dad was a commercial fisherman when I was growing up and I, too, worked in the fishing industry until I was 37, so you'd think I'd be sick of fish, but I still love 'em! Luckily, hubby loves seafood as much as I do, so I won't have to bend his arm about the supper menu!

Sammy the puppy (11 months old today!) will get to see the ocean for the first time- we're going to be walking distance from the Atlantic- so we'll be doing our walks there instead of in the Florida flat woods for a while. The temps will be much cooler up there. In fact, if not for the November 3rd wedding, we'd be coming home sooner! We're just hoping that the Cape will enjoy a mild fall, and this won't be one of those fall's that sees early snow! (The earliest I can recall up there was in September!)

I'm not sure if I'll have an Internet connection while we're there, but at very least I'll be able to borrow a relative's or friend's computer once in a while so I'll be able to check in periodically after we get there on Monday. So, if you post here looking for a reply after Saturday the 18th, don't worry if you don't get an answer for a while- I'll get back to you as soon as I can!

:-D




Hello Fellow WUBAns (Weather Underground Bloggers Anonymous)

We are planning a pancake breakfast to celebrate the end of hurricane season and everyone will be welcome to join us! Just drop me a line and I'll add you to the guest list! We decided that a central Florida location would be best so that at least most of us who live in Florida would be able to attend without having to drive too far. Iíll list the time, place, guest list and list of whoís going to bring what- please feel free to let me know if any corrections need to be made! Iíll also list some places to stay, for those who might want to make it a weekend trip.

DATE and TIME: Sunday, December 2nd, 2007 9AM to 2PM (the park is open until sunset if anyone wants to stay longer and do some exploring.)

LOCATION: Payneís Creek Historic State Park, 888 Lake Branch Road, Bowling Green, FL. There is a $2.00 per car entry fee to get in, but weíll have restrooms and a nice pavilion with electricity and water for our party. I haven't had much success with posting links, but you can copy & paste this address for the park to check it out: http://www.floridastateparks.org/paynescreek/default.cfm

For those who want to enjoy the Park after breakfast, you can bring your walking shoes and hike the many nature trails or you can kayak/canoe Payneís Creek and the Peace River or go to the Visitorís Center and learn the Parkís history; they show an educational movie at 11am, 1pm & 3 pm on weekends in the Visitorís Center theater. There are a lot of critters here! Bring your binoculars! Thereís great birding, plus, if youíre lucky youíll see one of the many bobcat that live in the area. There are gators in the water, so be on the look-out for those, too!


Wanda took it upon herself to make this WUnderful flyer for our party! She did a really great job!




Possible places to stay in the area (We havenít been to any of them, so we canít recommend any, Iíll add more as I find them):

Best Western: the only 'name brandí place in town: http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/selectHotel.do

Fort Meade Motel: 863-285-8040

Camping:

The Payneís Creek HSP has primitive ďyouthĒ campsites that might be available for tent campers- Iíll ask the Parkís manager about this.

Crystal Lake Village, 237 Maxwell Road, Wauchula, FL, 1-800-661-3582 or 941-773-3582
Web Site: crystallakevillage.com




I'll start a list of those interested in participating here and what they are volunteering to supply.

Needed to borrow for the event: Big coffee maker! Ours' is only a 4 cup pot! A 10 or 12 cup would be fine!

Any volunteers to bring juices, maple syrup or other pancake toppings, sausages?

Any suggestions for other things to serve?

We also will need a head count for those bringing spouse/kids/guests with them so we have enough food!

Beth(PeaceRiverBP) & hubby - Pancakes and coffee - 2 people
Gatorxgrrrl - coffee, sweet tea, picnicware - 3 people
OSHNBLU
Wanda
Gamma & hubby - picnicware- 2 people
Damon
Raysfan
HatesHurricanes & hubby- Starbucks Sumatra & Yukon- 2 people
Big Trucker & wife- 2 people
Scarlett & Family bacon -3 people
OGal- fruit platter - 2 people
Hypersport & family- sugar, cremer,donuts 3 people
HurricaneCrab & wife - Lox & schmears 2 people
Ricderr
Amy
Weatherguy - large coffeemaker? - 3 people
Mandy - 3 people
Towlady - fruit tray - 2 people
LakeWorthFinn
BeachFoxx
NightbloomingJasmine - 2 people
Mary Esther

Attending as cardboard cut-outs :-(
Karen
Bug
Sandi
C-Lady
Emmy
Shera
AllyBama
Gary & Deb

PHOTOS OF THE PARK:

This is at the park entrance:


This is one of the pavilions:


Another shot of the pavilion:


This is the nearby steps down to Payneís Creek, which meets the Peace River about a Ĺ mile away:


The view from the steps:


The Peace River:


There are lots of trails to hike; some follow the creek or the river and some cut through the woods:





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Updated: 10:29 AM GMT on September 11, 2007

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WUBA Pancake Breakfast in Central FLA?

By: PeaceRiverBP, 5:01 PM GMT on July 07, 2007

07.20.07

Hi Folks!

On Gatorxgrrrl's blog, we were talking about having a central Florida WUBA Pancake Breakfast to celebrate the end of hurricane season later this year. Since Hubby & I live and work at a State Park in Central Florida (Bowling Green) we thought that we could have it at a pavilion in the park where there is protection from the weather, but still open to nature (near the river and hiking trails), bathroom facilities, eletctricty for griddles and coffee makers, and plenty of public parking. It does cost $2.00 to get into the park, but my hubby thinks the park's manager will probably let us use the pavilion for free (usually $30.00+ tax to rent it) for the day. I'm willing to make the pancakes and coffee, if someone can bring a big coffee maker- ours is only a 4 cup size. We could all bring something to eat or drink so no one get stuck doing all the work or buying all the groceries.

So, who would like to come, what would you like to bring and what day is good for you?

I'll start a list of those interested in participating here and what they are volunteering to supply.


I haven't had much success with posting links, but you can copy & paste this address for the park to check it out: http://www.floridastateparks.org/paynescreek/default.cfm

DATE: Sunday, Dec. 2nd????
TIME: 9AM - 2 PM????

Needed to borrow for the event: Big coffee maker! Ours' is only a 4 cup pot! A 10 or 12 cup would be fine!

Any volunteers to bring juices, maple syrup or other pancake toppings, sausages?

Any suggestions for other things to serve?

We also will need a head count for those bringing spouse/kids/guests with them so we have enough food!

Beth(PeaceRiverBP) & hubby - Pancakes and coffee - 2 people
Gatorxgrrrl- Hashbrown casserole
OSHNBLU
Wanda
Gamma
Damon
Raysfan
HatesHurricanes & hubby- Starbucks Sumatra & Yukon- 2 people
Big Trucker & wife- 2 people
Scarlett & Family bacon 3 people
OGal- fruit platter
Hypersport & family- sugar, cremer,donuts 3 people
HurricaneCrab & wife - Lox & schmears 2 people

Attending as cardboard cut-outs :-(
Karen
Bug

copy & paste this to see local Best Western, the only 'name brand place in town:

http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/selectHotel.do


07.17.07

I just uploaded a new photo of Sammy that I took this afternoon and I wanted to share his sweet face with all of you!



Just imagine- 7 months ago he looked like this:




07.15.07
Good Morning, Folks!

Today is a special day for my family- it is my Dad's 70th birthday!

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Dad!
Happy Birthday to you!

This is a photo of my Dad that was taken 5 years ago, on the bowsprit of his schooner Freya. (Freya was sold a few years ago when my parents retired. She is now American Spirit in Washington, D.C.)



07.11.07

Hello! As many of us know, Babygurl is going into the hospital tonight to be induced and deliver her long awaited little Ashton! She needs all our encouragement, good wishes and prayers for a speedy, safe birth as we anxiously await the good news!




PS- I'm trying to figure out how to add a map to my profile- does anyone know how to do this?




Hello Folks!

We see lots of various critters here in the State Park; just last night, we heard an odd, insistant chirping from outside our motor home (those of you who visit this blog regularly know that hubby & I live and work at a State Park in Florida) so we went out to investitgate and saw three large birds in the dead tree. I didn't have my glasses on but hubby was saying that the birds were bald eagles. These birds were very vocal, but they didn't sound like eagles. I ran back in for my camera and with the zoom lens, I was finally able to see them clearly and could now identify them as kites. I'd often seen kites as they careened around the skies. They are fast and incredibly aerobatic fliers. By the time I snapped my photos one of the birds had flown off, but I did manage to get a few shots of the remaining two, who hung around and continued to chirp and sing for quite some time.



But, besides the many beautiful and interesting creatures we see all over the park, we had a surprise one morning. We were getting ready to take Sammy, our nine month old puppy out for his morning walk when hubby noticed two black and white pups pattering around the wooden deck by our RV's door. Sammy could see them, too, and he was very excited; he bounded from window to window, trying to get a better look at them. He really wanted to go outside and maybe get a chance to play with them. Our puppy and the two pups were too shy to actually frolic together, but after we went back inside, the two pups laid themselves patiently down on our porch as though waiting for us to come back out again.

It was still early morning on July 4th, so no one else was up and around at the park yet. Hubby & I wondered what to do about the pups. When I had worked at a small field office for Florida Fish & Wildlife, which was on a 100 square mile conservation area and people frequently abandoned unwanted pets there, so I suspected that this brother and sister pair had been purposely dropped off here. The pups were too small to have wandered this far on their own. And being a holiday, the town's dog officer wouldn't be working that day.

We fed and watered the doggies. They were incredibly thirsty and very hungry. The park had a dog crate large enough to keep the pups in, so after their meal and a good walk, they were placed in the crate together. We walked them every few hours and fed them several times a day.

The pups were good- they didn't soil their crate and when I walked them, they just toddled after me as though I was their mother. They were sweet and affectionate and I was sorry to see them go when the dog officer picked them up the next afternoon. The officer said that he was going to call an organization that places pups to see if they could find good homes for them. It was some comfort to know that this would mean that they would probably be successfully placed in a good home.

But, it still strikes me as odd that out of all that places those pups could have ended up at the park, they ended up on our door step. Maybe they smelled our puppy, Sammy, and followed his scent to our door; but they found a couple of dog lovers- people who would take care of them and see that they would be cared for.



This photo is about what the pups looked like- they were obviously part basset hound. I can't imagine what would make someone just abandon a couple of nice pups in a place where they could have easily been killed by a passing vehicle or wandering bobcat or coyote- if they didn't starve to death first.

We love our Sammy dearly, but he's been getting extra hugs lately. "There but for the grace of God" ... goes any dog.


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Updated: 7:36 PM GMT on July 23, 2007

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I've many passions but two of them are reading & camping, so naturally my camper's name is Parnassus for Christopher Morely's "Parnassus on Wheels".

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