Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ron, Tippy & Treky Living the Good Life

Tippy: "Two or three weeks ago, I was in Western Texas - it was cold - 22 degrees - snow was on the muddy ground - everything was brown: rocks, mountains, desert, dirt, etc.  Here I am spraddled (that's a South Carolina word) out on the green grass enjoying sunny temperature of 75 degrees.  Treky says that if we had not experienced the cold weather in Texas, we wouldn't enjoy this trip to Crystal River so much."

Treky: "I have to admit, I like it here too - look at the blue sky and the palm tree and that good looking 210 Roadtrek over there."

One thing we accomplished on this trip was to install a screen over Treky's rear doors. Now we can get clean fresh air and a breeze without admitting bugs.  Also, Tippy can sit on the bed and watch what's going on outside.

What's so special about the moon?  Well, we watch the moon carefully because Tippy gets an extra pill when the moon is full.  That's the veterinarian's orders.

This is the sort of lunch I eat when traveling - a peanut butter and banana sandwich (I've been eating these since I was a small boy) and some chips and orange juice.

When I think of Florida, I think of sandy beaches - while there are no real mountains, there are rocks - some of them have strange shapes.

One afternoon, a group of SoloTrekers, caravaned  to Homosassa to a restaurant named the Freezer.  It was packed at 4pm.  You can see the long line waiting to order.

I got clam chowder.

and 2-1/2 pounds of shrimp.  The shrimp costs $10.00 - - Wow!

On our final night at the rally, there was a catered dinner.  Here's a bunch of Roadtrekers waiting for their table to be called. My table was called first - Yeah...

We'll see you in Sarasota next month.

Ron, Tippy & Treky

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park - - More of More

This whole family of birds has found a home way up in the top of a tree.

This Holly bush has the red berries that the Indians called peppers.


There are miles of walking trails in the park.  Old folks, like me, appreciate that benches are provided all along.

There are about 30 Roadtrekers visiting the park today - The parking lot is full of them.

More Holly berries - Peppers

You know Tippy - He's not satisfied to just look at the flowers - He's got to get up and into the flower bed - Bad Tippy.

For me, this has been a morning well spent.

See you later.  We are holding team meetings to plan 2015 trips.  The next trip is to Sarasota, Florida in a couple of weeks.

Thanks for riding with us,

Ron, Tippy & Treky

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park - More

Can you see those shadows in the water?  Those are Manatees.

You can see this one better, I think.

Someone told me that this is an Egret.  I don't know much about birds.

There is a Hippopotamus over there by the bridge - He's not native to Florida but is left over from a commercial wildlife park that went defunked.  In order for the state to keep him in a state park, the Florida Governor had to declare the the Hippo is a citizen of Florida.  We don't know if he votes Democratic or Republican.

 This part of the park is where the Alligators hang out.

This alligator came up out of the water and bellowed - He was very loud and sounded to me like a tuba player with a  sore throat.  I'm glad that Tippy didn't come - He would have nightmares for a week.

 What do you think of this?  The guide said that Florida has 57 varieties of snakes and five are deadly poisonous - Now, I'll have nightmares for a week. 

We still haven't covered fully the park, so in a couple of days, we'll show more park pictures.

Today is our last day here at the rally.  We leave for home tomorrow and I'll probably take my time and may take two days for the trip.

See yawl soon,

Ron, Tippy & Treky

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

I spent the entire morning at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.  This is about six miles from our campground.

Last night at the pot luck dinner, I won a door prize - - a nice travel mug for coffee.  It fits in Treky's cup holders perfectly. Tippy had to check it out before I could use it.

Tippy had planned to go with the Roadtrek group through the wildlife park but when he saw this fake alligator at the visitor's center, he said, "No Way!!  I'll wait in Treky".

The first part of our tour of the park was by boat on the Pepper River.  The volunteer captain was full of good information about the park.  The boat tour took about 20 minutes.

Our view of the Pepper River from our boat

Homosassa is an Indian word, meaning "land where peppers grow". Holly bushes grew here with their red berries which the Indians called peppers - thus - Homosassa and Pepper River.

This is a wood duck nest. The mother duck flies full speed through that little hole without harming herself and then lays her eggs.  The umbrella looking thing below the nest box is to prevent snakes and other predators from getting the eggs.

Good info

Manatees are a big attraction in this part of Florida.

I'll have to finish our tour tomorrow - - too much to see in one post.

Ron, Tippy & Treky

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Crystal Isles RV Resort in Crystal River, Florida

Some of the back roads that I traveled today in Central Florida have a beautiful roof made by the old live Oak trees.  Nice - - No road rage here.

Tippy in the sunshine, 75 degree weather, flopped down spread-eagle, like a rabbit, couldn't be happier. He and Ron both hate the cold weather.

Treky:  "What about me?  I like the warm sunshine weather too.  I don't have to run my heaters so much.  Also, I like site 173 here at Crystal Isles RV park.  See that Roadtrek next to me?  It's from Canada. my birth place.  We have great conversations when the humans and dogs leave."

I spotted an antenna tower on the other side of the Crystal River.  On the top an eagle  (At least I think it's an eagle) has build a nest.  It's hard to see in the picture but if it is an eagle, it has the white head of a bald eagle.

This is Manatee country.

The sign says it better than I can.  I hope you can read it.

One more sign

Looking up Crystal River from our campground - Beautiful, I think

Looking across the river.  Tippy and I did not see any Manatee but we got very relaxed just looking at this river - It's not in a hurry and doesn't seem to have any problems.

Tippy and I are going to a wildlife park tomorrow morning.

See ya tomorrow late.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Monday, January 19, 2015

In Bushnell, Florida - Overnight

When we are traveling, Tippy often rotates between the passenger seat and my bed.  He has a rough life.

I was having severe leg and foot cramps at night while in bed.  That'll wake you up!  Based on the recommendation of a fellow camper, I tried eating a banana a day - Camps gone. So, I consider bananas one of my medicines.  

 Tippy claims that the Dream Catcher mounted on the air conditioner over our bed keeps him from getting cramps.  You can't believe everything that Tippy says.

We parked next to this rig at Walmart in Bushnell.  The motorhome is about 40 feet long and the trailer must be at least 35 feet long.  I would hate to have to back it up or park it.  We love Treky. 

One thing Tippy likes about Bushnell is the very large and clean dog run.

As a group, campers are a very patriotic group.  Many have long flag poles that collapse and they always fly the U S flag.  Some also fly their state flag.

This is my contribution to the "pot luck" dinner tomorrow.  Orange-Cranberry pound cake sounds good to me.  I hope everyone likes it.

This is my contribution to Happy Hour which usually takes place about 4:30 pm everyday.  About half drink wine and about half, like me, drink water.  Anyway, a lot of good conversation takes place - like, "Where are you from, where are you going from here, where have you been recently - what do you like most about your Roadtrek, etc."

See yawl tomorrow, WiFi permitting,

Ron, Tippy, Treky