Kumquats, Sandhills and Wooden Bowls
We’re still at Salt Springs; can’t seem to leave this place! The campground is like a small city….something I usually dislike in camping but the feeling of community is strong and we have been just too comfortable to leave.
I love getting up and sipping that first cup of coffee while watching the Spanish moss wave from the live oaks. In the distance I hear sandhill cranes with their unmistakable call.
Our neighbors have been very good to us. Maybe we look poor (and hungry) because our 16' Casita is dwarfed next to other trailers but we have been receiving an abundance of fruit and food. Neighbors on the left have given us 3 pints of fresh strawberries and leftover chili, neighbors behind us have donated a couple of pounds of kumquats!
They are quite tasty…you eat the peeling and all! Within a few minutes we each had scarfed down five.
The hubby has always been the artistic one and yesterday he got the opportunity to make a wooden bowl as the recreation barn has woodworking tools and a helper. I thought he did a great job!
While he was playing with wood, I was playing with the Casita. Got the water tank sanitized and, with help, opened up the area above the refrigerator controls. The insulation had fallen; it was secured and the rivets were replaced with stainless steels screws.
We have been having some electrical problems as the converter fan has been running way too much. Thought that a new converter was needed but it may be the battery so an appointment has been scheduled for a professional to look at it. A downside of too much community closeness is that everybody wanted to help us. We got too much help and lot of the advice was not valid for the Casita.
This week has flown! One day we paddled 10.4 miles down the Ocklawaha River with a group of total strangers from the campground. This river did not have as many birds as the Silver River but way more alligators. Wonder if there’s a connection? There were 9 boats in our party..8 kayaks and one canoe. Picture is from our lunch stop.
This is our last full day here as we are moving on tomorrow. We’re already talking about coming back in February, maybe camping in the non-electric sites?
Hope to paddle again today with the manatees…supposed to be 75 degrees this afternoon.
I am missing my friends who are at Quartzsite! Hope the weather has improved for those attending the big tent show. Oh well, can’t be in two places at the same time! And we are having a great trip…..love to my desert loving friends!