We Were Caught Like Deer In Headlights!

Wekiwa Springs State Park

Apopka, Florida

 

Last week we were in Fruitland, Florida at Lake Griffin State Park; our drive there was a little more exciting than we like.

On Tuesday, we had an 8:30 AM appointment at a heavy-duty truck alignment place (Josam’s) in Orlando to have the motor home’s front end aligned and to get new front tires – the old tires were wearing unevenly and needed to be replaced. We were camped in Winter Garden – about 20-miles from where we needed to be. Driving in and around Orlando is tricky at best especially in a motor home towing a jeep! So, we consulted the GPS and Map Quest to pick our route in and out of the city. The easiest-most direct route was via the Florida Turnpike – lucky for us, there was a turnpike exit right into the industrial park where Josam’s is….piece of cake!

The Florida Turnpike is a toll road that works best if you have Florida’s Sun Pass transponder (we don’t) but, since it also has cash toll-booth lanes we figured we’d be ok.

Tuesday morning we awoke at 5:00 AM…coffee down, and levelers up we were on the road by 7:00 …we wanted to allow plenty of time since we were going to hit Orlando’s morning rush hour traffic – and we did. Traffic was fast and heavy zipping into the city. Ted is a cool-professional Motor Home driver and he held his own. We made it through the first toll-booth cash lane without a problem and surprise! The toll was only $3.00 for both the Ventana and the Jeep. Cruising along we checked the time…we were in good shape. As we approached our exit traffic was everywhere. Ted managed to get into our “exit only” lane ….whew…then we saw it! A big sign that said, “No Cash Accepted – Sun Pass Only! $100.00 Fine For Violations!” What? We can’t stop….we can’t turn around…surly they have a credit card lane. We did the only thing we could do….we kept going.

As we jake-braked along the exit ramp we could see a Sun Pass Toll Scanning area ahead – and more signs promising a $100.00 fine for non-payment…but nowhere to put in a credit card. We looked at each other and Ted hit the gas! As we sailed through the scanner a big FLASH hit the windshield and we were photographed….wide-eyed and scared like a deer in headlights!

Feeling like a criminal, I immediately pulled out my phone and looked up the Florida Turnpike toll-system to see what we needed to do to avoid having our “Wanted Poster” hung on the toll-booth walls. It was unclear….seems you could mail a payment in. To be safe, after our appointment at Josam’s, we took the Turnpike again so that we could stop at the first toll-booth where there was a person so we could ask what to do about our violation. The lady shook her head at us and gave us the address and a card to mail in with our $3.00 toll-payment. The check is in the mail! What are the odds that this will all work out without a couple of more phone calls and letters? Slim to none. We continued on to our next home for a week: Lake Griffin State Park.

Lake Griffin State Park campground is small and very quiet, a great place to just sit back and relax. They have a nice dock on Dead River which feeds into Lake Griffin. From the dock you can take a tour boat or rent canoes to explore the area.

Lake Griffin State Park boat dock at Dead River.

Lake Griffin State Park boat dock at Dead River.

It is also home to the largest live oak tree in Florida – or at least one of the largest depending on what brochure you’re reading. No matter, it is a majestic tree. This is a photo of its massive base – impossible to take a picture of the entire tree that did it justice.

One of the largest Live Oak trees in Florida at Lake Griffin State Park.

One of the largest Live Oak trees in Florida at Lake Griffin State Park.

Lake Griffin State Park is just a stone’s throw from “The Villages”. We didn’t go anywhere near “The Villages”….I am just not ready for that much organized geriatric fun. We did ride into Leesburg to visit Lake Griffin and found a wonderful park right on the lake front where we could walk and enjoy the city.

The surrounding area has many interesting hiking trails but, unfortunately, none of them allowed dogs…why? We think it might be because most of the trails pass through swampy areas and dogs might attract alligators and if that’s the case……we’d rather not hike there anyway.

Yesterday, we hit the road again and headed to one of our favorite Florida State Parks: Wekiwa Springs – we’ll be here for a week.

Thanks for Riding Along,

Coll

 

“Everyone in the campground is down at the lock!”

 Army Corps of Engineers: Ortona Campground

Near LaBelle, Florida

 

We only have a couple of more days here at Ortona before we head back to the Orlando area. It’s been warm and sunny for our entire stay. Today is going to hit 80-degrees….beautiful and balmy.

Our campsite is right on the Okeechobee Waterway very close to the Ortona Lock. We have been treated to many sights coming through the lock. One of the most interesting things we’ve seen coming and going are people on their full-time house boats. There is a whole sub-culture out there of people who are full-time boaters….just like us full-time RVer’s. Only difference is that their houses are on water instead of wheels. We all love living wherever the wind takes us.

This morning, a colorful barge tug went through the lock and threw his anchor just opposite our site – I took this photo from our window.

Barge Tug on the Okeechobee Waterway at Ortona, Florida

Barge Tug on the Okeechobee Waterway at Ortona, Florida

He hung around out there for a while and it wasn’t long till we found out why.   Ted had just left in the jeep to do a load of laundry at the shower house in the other loop and I was starting lunch. He wasn’t gone 5-minutes when he came back and excitedly stuck his head in the coach door, “Everyone in the campground is down at the lock! The biggest thing that ever came through the lock is down there!” and off he ran……

Ummmm…. I was really busy building a wonderful potato salad and chicken salad sandwich lunch and, truth be told, I’m not real interested in seeing the lock operate – I mean I’ve seen it several times and it is interesting the first couple of times….but, never one to do what everyone else does…. I decided to walk across the street and look down the waterway to see what the commotion was about and if it was worth abandoning my potato salad in the making.

Monster Barge in the Ortona Lock.

Monster Barge in the Ortona Lock.

Well there sure was a big thing down in the lock but I decided that they didn’t need me to supervise the water level. After all, everyone one else in the campground was already down there. I went back to chopping celery and onions (I always put them in both my potato salad and my chicken salad, along with a little paprika).

I was chopping away – singing Christmas carols when out of the corner of my eye I saw the tug barge hooking up to the monster of the lock. I bet this photo I took downstream was better than the ones that everyone else in the campground took up close.

Oil tanker barge and tug on the Okeechobee Waterway.

Oil tanker barge and tug on the Okeechobee Waterway.

Don’t ask me what’s in those tanks…we probably don’t want to know. Actually, one of our near neighbors told us that it was an oil company barge heading from the Gulf to Philadelphia. The Okeechobee Waterway “short-cut” across Florida saves a lot of time. The alternative is to head all the way down to the tip of Florida and pass through the Keys and into the Atlantic.

By this time, my lunch was perfect – all I needed was someone to enjoy it! Andy and I set off to find Ted at the Laundry room. Here’s my “cute Andy” story of the week: As Andy and I walked the approx. ¼ mile to the laundry room, I told him to “Find Ted!” He got excited and took the lead and seemed to know where he was going! He headed down the correct road and turned onto the walkway that leads to the laundry. He sniffed for a second at a bench on the side of the building where Ted sat the last time we were there; then headed around some greenery and did a flying leap right onto Ted’s lap. What a smart boy…now if only he would come when I tell him to (Andy, not Ted).

Thanks for Riding Along,

Coll

 

 

 

I Ran Out of the Men’s Room!

Ortona Campground

Okeechobee Waterway

LaBelle, Florida

 

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. It was hard being away from our family yesterday, but knowing that we are flying home (to Connecticut) for Christmas made it bearable. I bit the bullet and prepared my first Thanksgiving dinner for two in our Motor Home. Our 7-pound bird fit nicely in the Microwave/Convection oven.

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My only problem is that, I’m so short (and getting shorter all the time) that I have to stand on a stool to look in the oven!

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And presto!  2-hours later a delicious dinner…..except that my Mrs. Smith’s frozen pie was burnt on the crust and raw in the middle….no matter, we didn’t need those calories anyway.

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Today was sunny here in south Florida; although it has been a cool 72-degrees the last couple of days. We set off for a long walk with Andy to visit the cattle and see if we could spot the family of otters that everyone here but us seems to have seen. Just as we were about to leave the campground and head toward the cattle I spotted what looked like a small dragon….or maybe a huge humped-back rat running across the field toward the waterway…Andy couldn’t believe his eyes!

Otter at Ortona Campground, near LaBelle, Florida

Otter at Ortona Campground, near LaBelle, Florida

It was an otter!  A big one! Here he is close-up.  Amazing! Looks like a seal with legs. We watched as he dove into a drain pipe that took him on a slippery ride out to the Okeechobee Waterway.

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I was lucky to get this picture. Our camp host asked me to “flip” it to her….that’s North Carolina speak for “forward it in an email”. Several other campers gathered to rehash the sighting and we started back.

We were about ¾ mile from our motor home and what with the coffee I drank this morning and all the excitement…..I decided to duck into the restroom in the far campground loop.   It was set-up just like the one in our loop so I quickly headed to the right side door. Inside, all was quiet except for the sound of someone showering in the nearby shower stall.   I made a bee-line for the first toilet stall and noticed a urinal out of the corner of my eye. At that point….as any woman over 50 will tell you… I could not be bothered with details. I took care of immediate needs, still wondering why they would put a urinal in a lady’s room???   Uhh Oh….Oh No!  I peeked out of my stall….still heard the shower running so I ran out of there as fast as I could.

Ted and Andy were standing outside… “what in the heck are you doing in the men’s room?”

Good question…

Thanks for Riding Along,

Coll

Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten

Army Corps of Engineers

Ortona South Campground

LaBelle, Florida

 

View from our campsite at WP Franklin Campground, Army Corps of Engineers near Fort Meyers, Florida.

View from our campsite at WP Franklin Campground, Army Corps of Engineers near Fort Meyers, Florida.

After 10-days at Disney we were ready for a quiet campground off the beaten path. We knew just the place…The Army Corps of Engineer campgrounds on the Lake Okeechobee Waterway in south Florida.

Our first stop was to W P Franklin campground in Alva, Florida near Fort Meyers where we stayed for 3-nights…..3-nights because that was all we could get.   Last May, after we made our Disney Plans, I went online to reserve a post-Disney campsite knowing that we’d want a long quiet stay somewhere warm to wind-down. We had stayed on the Okeechobee Waterway last Christmas so I knew that these Army Corps Campgrounds were wonderfully quiet and in out-of-the-way spots……apparently so does everyone else. Last May, the Franklin campground (which only has about 30 sites) was already booked solid for November!   I took the only 3-nights there that I could get because it is such a beautiful place; every one of the campsites is right on the waterway. No wonder you have to stand in line to get one.

 

After our stay at Franklin, we headed inland along the waterway about 20-miles to my next reserved spot: Ortona South- another Army Corps campground near LaBelle, Florida. We were also lucky to be able to book 14-days here last May….at senior pass prices that’s only $11.00 a night. Ortona is also right on the waterway. Some sites have water views. We opted for a more private site across from the waterway with a marsh pond behind us. Also behind us is a large cattle ranch. We stayed here last Christmas so I knew all about the ranch but I still get a kick out of seeing cattle grazing among palm trees.

Cattle Ranch behind Ortona South Campground, LaBelle, Florida

Cattle Ranch behind Ortona South Campground, LaBelle, Florida

Our daily walk takes us close to a favorite grazing spot. These cattle and their bird friends seem to be as fascinated by us as we are by them …. or maybe it’s Andy.

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I am really in the “Thanksgiving” spirit because of a super good book that our 7-year old granddaughter Jilly and I just finished reading. We read together every night on the phone….she lives in Connecticut and this way we are able to spend time together even though I may be thousands of miles away.

Our Thanksgiving book was “Junie B Jones: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten and other Thankful Stuff”.

Junie Be Thanksgiving

“And I tell you, I love this Kid! (this is Junie B speak)…puts Thanksgiving in perspective and if you don’t like something they make you eat you can always spit it in the sink!”

Lucky for me we are flying home for Christmas so I’ll only miss this one important family holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving and Thanks for Riding Along,

Coll

Fort Wilderness

 

Disney World

Orlando, Florida

Disney World Orlando

Disney World Orlando

Another great family vacation is coming to an end.   We stayed 10-days at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. This time of year Disney and the Campground is all about Christmas. Many of the motor homes and campers were decked out with Christmas lights and blow-up Disney Christmas Characters…..we maintained a lower profile.

Fort Wilderness Campsite

Fort Wilderness Campsite

Our family, Corrie and Will and our granddaughters stayed at an onsite hotel resort. Both of our granddaughters spent nights here with us enjoying the pool and campground…..so much fun. Fort Wilderness is a great campground with all the amenities anyone could want; after-all it is Disney.

Most (if not all) of the sites are paved with full hook-ups. At first they look pretty close but once you are in your site, you find that the landscaping is done to provide everyone with maximum privacy. The shower/restrooms are pristine. Showers are private with doors and each building includes a laundry room with about 6 washers and driers and lots of folding tables.

I’d guess that more than 50% of the campers here have dogs with them and there is a steady parade of pampered pets walking to the Disney Dog Park – a great spot for you and Spot! I can’t begin to list all of the Fort Wilderness features but here are a few: huge pool with water slide; beach area where you can sun bathe, fish or take a boat to the Magic Kingdom; campfire arena where nightly sing-a-longs with marshmallow roasts and movies happen, horseback trail rides; hay rides and horse-drawn carriages and on and on and on……

We spent most of each day at the parks, I won’t boar you with our minute-by-minute activities….instead, I’ll toss a lot of photos at you!

Tomorrow we’re heading south.

Thanks for Riding Along,

Coll

Hollywood Studios Christmas Lights

Hollywood Studios Christmas Lights

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Spooky Man in Tree

Paynes Prairie Preserve

Micanopy, Florida

 

We have really enjoyed our time here at Paynes Prairie Preserve. It is a very quiet campground with fairly large private campsites. We are only 10-miles from Gainesville so the cell signal is pretty good 4-G. TV Satellite reception is iffy….depends on the tree coverage at each site, we couldn’t get a Direct TV signal but were able to pull in 3 or 4 air channels. TV doesn’t really matter that much to us….our Sirius Radio signal was great so we are able to keep tabs on the current condition of the world (not so good).

The campground is actually in the little historic town of Micanopy – just a couple of miles down the road. We spent an enjoyable Sunday afternoon walking around this picturesque village, peeking into the uncountable antique stores and visiting their local museum. The museum details the long history of the town….Indians, slaves, civil war, boom town, to now a sleepy little village that is a pleasure to visit.

Micanopy was originally the site of a Seminole Indian Village that became home to many runaway slaves and their descendents. The Seminole tribe took them in and adopted them as their own. Unfortunately, as happened all over this country, the tribe and the white government did not see eye-to-eye and, of course, the government won. Most of the Micanopy tribe was sent to Oklahoma reservations – many died on the trip. There were some of the tribe that managed to avoid the forced evacuation and their descendents blended in and continued to live in the town.

Bed and Breakfast in Micanopy, Florida

Bed and Breakfast in Micanopy, Florida

But most of our time here has been spent hiking the many trails that lead you through the preserve. On our hikes we discovered wildlife, tropic beauty and a strange man in a tree.

Don’t pick the wild flowers!

Alligator at Paynes Prairie Preserve, Micanopy, Florida

Alligator at Paynes Prairie Preserve, Micanopy, Florida

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Trail at Paynes Prairie Preserve, Florida

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Can you see the spooky man?

Paynes Prairie Tree Man

Paynes Prairie Tree Man

Tomorrow we’re going to visit the mouse!

Thanks for riding along,

Coll

 

 

 

 

Puc Puggy Campground

Paynes Prairie Preserve

Micanopy, Florida

 

We needed a place to cool our heels for a week before we head to Disney and we couldn’t have picked a better spot. Our campsite here is very nice and secluded. There is so much vegetation between sites you can’t see your next-door neighbor. The campground itself is fairly small – about 50 sites so if you want to come here be sure you reserve in advance.

Other than the campground and the Visitor’s Center, there are no other signs of human habitation in this 22,000 acre wilderness which was designated as a National Landmark in 1974.  Wildlife is protected and thrives.  Along with the expected alligators, deer, fox and coyote you can also spot bison and a herd of wild Spanish horses.  And much to Andy’s horror, armadillos run through the campground as numerous and as tame as squirrels…..he can’t stand those things!  He’ll even brave the jungle for the chance to catch one of those ugly critters!

Andy hunting for armadillos

Andy hunting for armadillos

There is plenty to do in the Preserve. Lake Wauberg is 300 acres where boaters can float or fish for bass, bream and perch. There are 30-miles of trails for hikers, bikers and horses. We set-off this morning on what turned out to be a 6-mile hike through the tropic forest.

Paynes Preserve Live Oak

Paynes Prairie Preserve Live Oak

One of the unique things about this preserve is that it encompasses so many different ecosystems including grasslands, tropical forest and cypress swamps.

Paynes Preserve cypress swamp

Paynes Prairie Preserve cypress swamp

After our hike, we headed back to our camp for lunch and then Ted tackled his repair job for the day – fixing our Newmar mud flap. Yesterday, as we drove here via a very bumpy and busy I-95, we ran over one of those truck-tire pieces that seems to litter the interstates. It must have gotten caught-up in our rear mud flap because when Ted stopped to check for damage the flap was bent and hanging crooked – lucky the whole thing wasn’t ripped off. All of our motor home friends know how expensive those shiny stainless steel trimmed manufacturer mud flaps are….. we had to fix it.

Mister Fix-it took it off and had it straight in no time.   One trip to Lowes for new stainless steel bolts…and an hour or so spent drilling new holes…. and our Newmar mud flap is better than new! My hero.

We were basking in the joy of having fixed our mud flap when we plugged in our new space heater (purchased less than a week ago) because this evening is chilly……nothing.   Won’t even turn on! Tomorrow, a trip to Sam’s Club in Gainesville to return it and try to explain why I can’t find the receipt!

Thanks For Riding Along,

Coll

P.S.  Do you think Puc Puggy was a person?

The Tuskegee Airmen of WWII

Colleton State Park

Walterboro, South Carolina

 

We are pretty much alone here at Colleton State Park. There were maybe 5 other campers over the weekend but most left this morning. Colleton campground is just a few miles off interstate 95 in what is called the “lowcountry” of South Carolina. We’re only about 45-miles from Charleston and the Atlantic Ocean. Far enough away that this is a great get-away place without the bustle of tourists.

Colleton State Park, Walterboro, South Carolina

Colleton State Park, Walterboro, South Carolina

The campground sits on the banks of the Edisto River which is home to a very popular canoe trail. The park rangers here host canoe groups, acting as guides along the 30-mile or so canoe trail. The other campers here last weekend came for the canoeing but, it was so rainy, damp and cold, no one went into the water. There have been frost advisory warning here every night …. people keep telling us that it never gets this cold here in November…seems like we bring cold with us whenever we hit the south!

We spent our rainy Sunday in Charleston shopping. Our big purchase was a Lasko ceramic space heater to help take the chill off. I was real close to buying one of those fake fire-place heaters….it looked great and had a cherry wood cabinet but then the voice of reason (Ted) told me to consider the weight and bulk of the thing – we went with the Lasko. The propane gas furnace in our motor home does a great job of keeping us and basement (storage bins) and pipes warm; but it is loud when it runs and uses costly propane. We wanted an electric space heater just take the chill off during the day. So far so good. The heater is the perfect size for our 300 or so square feet and keeps me toasty warm. Ever since I became an old lady, it seems like I’m always cold – especially my hands.

So this morning, toasty warm and happy, we decided to do some local sightseeing. First stop: the Colleton County Recreation Park for a total of 5-miles around their sports complex track.   It is on the edge of a mossy pine forest and the sights and smells are pure south.

Next we drove to the Walterboro Lowcountry Regional Airport to see the Tuskegee Memorial.

The Tuskegee Airmen Memorial at Walterboro Army Airfield

The Tuskegee Airmen Memorial at Walterboro Army Airfield

The Tuskegee Airmen of WWII were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted to become America’s first black military airmen. This was at a time when many people thought black men lacked intelligence, skill and patriotism. They came from every section of the country and each possessed a strong personal desire to serve the United States. Many were selected as aviation cadets and sent to Tuskegee Alabama to be trained as single-engine pilots and later became twin-engine pilots, navigators and bombardiers. This site at the Walterboro, SC Army Airfield was also used as a training facility.

Walterboro, SC Army Airfield.  WWII POW Camp.

Walterboro, SC Army Airfield. WWII POW Camp.

This Army Airfield was also used as a POW camp during WWII. Hundreds of German prisoners of war were held here in Walterboro….just one of many WWII POW camps that were located throughout the United States.  I didn’t know that we had WWII POW Camps here in the US….. Interesting. Evidentially, German and Italian POW’s were used to fill-in labor shortages caused by the war. And were released and delivered by to their respective countries when the war ended.

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Back at our campground all was quiet. It was Kung Pow Chicken for supper in our toasty warm coach. Tonight we have another freeze warning. I guess the good news is that we didn’t get any of the snow that fell in the North Carolina hills.

Don’t forget to vote tomorrow.

Thanks for Riding Along,

Coll

Last Train In Clarksville

 

Rudds Creek Campground

Boydton, Virginia

 

There is something special about a fall campground. Things slow down. Instead of the mad-dash to the lake, kids spend time experiencing the forest.   Bugs and mosquitoes are gone with the summer – now’s the time to find wooly-bears, collect leaves, build forts and blaze new trails.

Army Corps of Engineers Rudds Creek Campground - Boydton, Virginia

Army Corps of Engineers Rudds Creek Campground – Boydton, Virginia

Last weekend the campground was full of boys on bikes and mysterious missions into the forest.  By this afternoon this 100-site campground was pretty quiet and empty….only about 10 of us campers left.  The quiet is nice…just acorns falling on the roof but….we miss the sounds bike bells and spooky night-time fires.

Our campsite here at Rudds Creek

Our campsite here at Rudds Creek

This campground closes for the winter on Friday and that’s the day we’re leaving.  It’s a shame that people will miss the remaining fall beauty on this beautiful lake.

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Today, we drove into the next closest town to us, Clarksville (about 6-miles) to get some groceries and check out the train line that goes through there – we heard a whistle in the night.  Unfortunately we seem to have missed the last train!  This is the old train station.  The buzzards are keeping an eye on the place

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The last train in Clarksville railroad club, Clarksville, Virginia.

Back at camp it was marshmallows over a quiet night-time fire.

Thanks for Riding Along,

Coll

 

A Marching Band and Brunswick Stew

Boydton, Virginia

 

The nearest town to our campground is Boydton and today was the 38th annual Boydton Day Celebration…..we had to go!

Boydton, founded in 1812 by Alexander Boyd – a Scottish Immigrant, survived the Civil War and has managed to remain small and prosperous ever since. It is a lovely “Mayberry like” town. Today’s event was truly a celebration of small town life. The streets were lined with booths touting local businesses and hometown craftspeople; and the food….oh the food! Hotdogs, fried pork rinds, hamburgers, shishkabobs, funnel cakes, fries…fries…fries, fish sandwiches, booth after booth of homemade baked goods and the Boydton specialty…..kettle cooked Brunswick Stew!

Brunswick Stew at Boydton Day - Boydton, Virgina

Brunswick Stew at Boydton Day – Boydton, Virgina

You buy it by the quart.   There was a line 15 people deep to get some of this hometown favorite. People were buying 10 and 12 quarts of this wonderful cauldron brew. One guy told us that he comes down from Philadelphia every year for this day just to get some Boydton Brunswick Stew! I learned that Brunswick stew is a southern Virginia claim to fame. Traditionally it is thick enough to stand your spoon up in and is made with squirrel and/or rabbit meat….I didn’t ask but I think today’s stew had big chunks of chicken (it tasted like chicken…doesn’t everything?) and bacon….whatever…..it was fantastic.

At 11:00 on the nose the annual Boydton Day Parade began! People were waving and hollering at the participants because everyone seemed to know everyone in the parade. First down the street was the local VFW carrying our nation’s flag….everyone fell silent in respect.

The Boydton VFW led the Parade

The Boydton VFW led the Parade

Next came the Bluestone High School Band – they’re from Skipwith.

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Oh Boy, I Loved That Band!

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Bluestone High Marching Band

Fire Engines…..Politians….Rescue Squads….and Antique cars….

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With the horses bringing up the rear….good call because they kind of made a mess of Main Street.

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We hung around for a while after the parade watching the families and listening to the local musicians – they had country western band and a gospel group. Andy was a hit everywhere we went …especially with little girls and big dogs.

Back at the campground, Ted washed the front and rear of the coach and I (feeling very southern rural) fried catfish for dinner. A great day!

Thanks for Riding Along,

Coll