What a weekend! I never knew Halloween could be so much fun! Ellie and I got all the camp set up and supper started just before the campers started arriving. It was so nice to meet new friends and just enjoy some time getting to know each other. Tabitha and John were not able to stay and camp but they came in and had dinner with us – everyone walked away with full tummies! We wrapped up the evening with fireside chats and soon we were all tucked into our tents excited for a busy day to come.
Saturday morning – fresh hot coffee, biscuits and gravy and a few more treats to fill every one up. Monty and Crush arrived just was we were about to hit the trail. First we hiked the River Rapids Trail then the Banyard Trail. After almost 5 miles counting the hike from the campground we were all ready for some grub! Hamburgers and chips with some left over peach cobbler filled us up and we spent a couple hours just lounging waiting for the day to cool down some before we went back out on the trail. We walked the Florida Trail next and we were please that a beautiful Barred Owl was patient with us as we photographed him in the trees. We saw 3 alligators – one over 9 ft! There was so much to see and everyone learned a lot. There were many tracks of hogs and deer, opossum and raccoon. But soon the trail ended and it was time to get back to camp to cook dinner.
Tennessee Jambalaya was on the menu for dinner along with other yummy stuff. Lesa Marie and her husband Jack brought all the goodies for our Monster Mash. Elli pulled out a bunch of skins and skulls to entertain and educate us with. The campground was all a buzz with the kids getting ready to trick or treat….They got treats from us! Noreen and I took a moment to photograph a very cool RV – the owner said he had it “wrapped” just because. I hope you like the attached photos!
The neighboring campsite had a great bunch of kids and one performed the dance from Michael Jacksons “Thriller”. He was just adorable. Bo made many new friends and was the talk of the campground. Many just “stopped in” to visit and give him a pat on the head. He just loved all the attention!
Soon we were all ready to sleep and after some much needed showers drifted off to sleep under a full moon with a cool breeze. The time change did not bother us much. We were up with the sun having another great breakfast and soon packed up camp.
Everyone said what a great time they had and the whole weekend was much better than I anticipated. I can’t wait to spend time with my new campers again!
See you on the trail,