ECC March Fundraiser Campout

What a wonderful 2 days we had March 13-14 for our fundraiser campout! We had over 30 persons attend the event, many 1st time campers. Upon arriving Friday Jeanene quickly began setting up tents to accommodate the many campers. After setting up nearly ten tents Tara arrives and they started on getting dinner on the fire. The menu Friday evening consisted of Wild hog stew, hot dogs and Manwiches. This hearty dinner was followed by a super Peach Cobbler made in the Dutch oven.

The campers started arriving, as Jeanene and Tara started getting them all settled Glenda got to feeding and settling in the horses for the evening. Soon after introductions were made dinner was served. We had 2 groups of campers that had just found out about the event that day and had never camped before. We had families and couples and a few single moms and kids. What is so great is how everyone got along right from the start! Soon we were all enjoying peach cobbler and marshmallows around the campfire. It was midnight before everyone was all tucked in their sleeping bags. There were a few gentle raindrops that fell and Eeyore the donkey gently bayed us to sleep.

Morning light was still an hour away and Jeanene was up starting the coals to make cinnamon rolls and biscuits in the Dutch ovens. We enjoyed biscuits and sausage gravy, breakfast and the sweet cinnamon rolls. There were also muffins, donuts, juice and fruit. After breakfast for the campers and the horses, it was time to muck the stalls and start teaching everyone what it took to keep the farm running on a day to day basis. We were all then lead on a morning hike and learned a lot of interesting tips on flora and fauna, etc. It was so nice to walk around the forest with the horses grazing on bits and pieces of grass in the cool shade.

As afternoon was approaching all the farms volunteers were busy saddling up the horses and getting them ready for the trails. Many of the campers had never been around horses or even thought of riding them. Pretty soon nearly everyone had a been on a ride. We took lots of photos and the horses were given so much love and attention. Apples and carrots followed the rides as well as hay and grooming. The horses were the hit of the party and were well rewarded for their work.

Jeanene and Jeff had been getting everything ready to start the outdoor cooking class while the horses were being settled in and pretty soon most of the campers were smelling the aroma of dump cake and pizza coming from that direction. Fishing and rafting helped us all work off our lunch and soon everyone was packing up for home. All of us sat around for over an hour in the shade of the big oak in the drive, talking about our adventures and what we all learned. What a shame it would be to loose such a wonderful outdoor retreat right here in the middle of Carrollwood.

About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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1 Response to ECC March Fundraiser Campout

  1. Sandra says:

    What a fun filled event for just two days. You must have been running around in ciclres. I am glad it was such a success.Sandra

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