Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Plodding along

Pittman Visitors Center
Altoona, FL

A little of this and that since the last post..

I found a great place for a pedicure :-)
We attended a nice Lutheran church in Mt. Dora,
and will go back again.

We checked out Juniper Springs, but can't take the Sea Eagle out in it.
I think it's due to the shallowness of the springs, but not really sure.
While we were doing a quick walkthrough we saw this lovely spider..

Egad, Florida has big spiders!

George and I have gotten together with the other two couples,
and they taught us the game Fast Track.

It is similar to Sorry, or Aggravation. We play men versus the women :-)

Today we had Volunteer Orientation.
There were a couple speakers talking about bear safety,
and the Florida ecosystem.
I learned a lot about the Sand Scrub and why there is so much sand in Florida.

After the meeting the six of us went out to lunch to a local place.
I had a chef's salad, it was great!

Tonight we rode over with Jim & Carol over to Bob & Rosemary's to help
Bob celebrate his birthday.
He was surprised, as he didn't know we were coming.

The birthday boy shared his ice cream with one of their dogs, Libby.

We're enjoying our days here, the weather has been pretty good.
We quickly get our 24 hours in between trash runs,
and meetings, and general maintenance stuff.

Friday we have plans with 'the group' to go to dinner,
and then to the Orange Blossom Opry to hear some music.
These guys know how to have fun!


  1. Sounds like you're getting all settled in. Now that you've found a great pedicure place, the important stuff is taken care of :)

  2. The Ocala NF is an amazing place. I have a close friend working soil survey there who lives in Eustis, and I love visiting with her. Mt Dora is such a sweet town. And I do hope to float the Juniper someday.

  3. Pedicures, church, exploring, games, new friends, and FOOD!! Oh, and a little bit of volunteering work too. Looks like you've found a great spot to be for a while... enjoy!

  4. I would probably advise not to paddle the Juniper in your Sea Eagle. That river was one of our first paddles and so far has been the most challenging. We had hard bottomed kayaks then. We had 2 alligator encounters I'll always remember and very shortly afterwards a snorkeler was eaten by a gator. We always thought it was the gator that stared us down as we passed. Don't mean to scare you, but it's not a river for an inflatable.

    We are planning on being in your area later today. We're hoping to get a site at Rainbow Springs SP. Not sure how far we will be from you.

  5. Sounds like you have all your ducks in a row and are having a fine time. Doesn't sound like plodding at all. A little work, a lot of play, New friends, a nice free site in a beautiful forest. What's not to like! Good choice!!

  6. My advice, Stay out of the Water!!! Sounds like a great Vol. experience.

  7. Sounds like life is good! Still hoping to see you in Ocala this winter. Going to be quite cold here in PA this weekend. Can't wait to get the word and be out of here. I think Neil's mom is always talking about the Opry.

  8. Sounds like you are enjoying your new assignment, we will finally make it to Florida on Monday. :)