Contentment

Evening coming on.

Evening coming on.

As lovely as Ocean Pond is, I think it is the mix of people here that make it so special to me.  It’s a mix of all ages, but everyone I speak to is friendly and laid back.  No Type A’s here that I can tell!  🙂

I just fell in love with a little guy around 4 or 5 years old today.  He walked up to Sheba while we were out for a walk and started petting here.  He said, “I know this dog, and she won’t hurt me.”  Sheba was as calm as I’ve ever seen her, instead of her usual rambunctious inclination to jump on people who pay her attention.

I asked him his name and he said, “Zayton.”  “I’m Mrs. Sharon,” I replied.  He solemnly stuck out his little left hand and said, “It’s good to meet you.”  I was stunned at his poise and good manners.  And very, very impressed with him. Someone is doing an amazing job of parenting him.

One of the things I love best here is taking a walk a while before sunset.  Then on the way back, I get to walk toward the sunset and see all the people finishing their bike rides and walks before dark… and I usually find several campers with their backs to the road, just lost in the splendor of the unfailingly gorgeous sunsets over the lake.

Serenity

Serenity

One of our neighbors is a couple we met at Eastbank.  They are the ones with the self-built motor home.  Sheba is crazy about them because they always have a dog biscuit in their pockets for her.  What a sweet, fun way to make friends with dogs and their owners, too!

So we don’t have any exciting news, but we are so happy and content.  Next week it’s supposed to be chilly when we are at O’Leno State Park.  So I hope we can find available sites farther south after that.

I have had to cancel two sets of reservations on this trip due to our changing our plans.  We really hate to tie ourselves down to being at a certain place at a certain time.  As a result, we do miss out on some of the places we’d like to stay when they are booked solid.

There are still a few wildflowers blooming.

There are still a few wildflowers blooming.

I’ve noticed something about availability in state parks during winter in Florida.  Central and East Florida are usually booked solid.  However, sites on Florida’s west coast usually have sites available (except for the most popular parks).  I don’t understand why that is because the west coast is a lot more beautiful to me than the east.  But they also are usually more expensive, which might explain some of it.  Also there are stretches that don’t have any big cities, which makes a difference for people looking for attractions to visit.

Anyway, all of the places I wanted to see there are out of our budget, so we’ll just go where and when we can find spots.

 

14 Comments

  1. Looks like you are having a really good vacation. I feel more relaxed just reading your post! ;->

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

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  2. Agree with you about Type A’s and Reservations. Life is easier without them. 🙂

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    • I figure the booked solid places probably have more people (and Type A’s) than I want to be around anyway! 😀

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  3. Looks beautiful there! And, I’m so glad you’re fixing peaceful places with nice camping neighbors!!
    I leave next week for 4 (hopefully) months in the southwest.

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    • It’s almost like visiting a neighborhood of friends here.

      I will LOVE following your Southwest trip! And it will be interesting to discover if Faye Wray goes with you or not. 🙂

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  4. Serenity – what a great title for the picture! Your whole post is infused with it!

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  5. It’s how I feel, John. It’s so special. We are beginning to wonder if fulltime would work for us. I think it might, eventually.

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  6. Hi Sharon, Sounds like FT would really be a great fit for you. Good to see you’re having such a good trip.

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    • Wayne, I am surprised at my longing to never go home again. Ron feels the same way. Of course we will have to, but we can start making plans to change that. 🙂

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  7. I think the places you have camped have been a hit every time. It’s wonderful to find friendly folks for neighbors. The expensive places don’t usually have that and then there are the clicks that go with that type of place. You also are having pretty good weather too.

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    • Well, the weather will change next week, but you are right about the kind of campgrounds and kinds of people. I hope we can always camp with this kind! 🙂

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  8. Bonnie

     /  January 3, 2015

    Always thank you for your pictures and posts. Hope you have a Wonderful and happy New Year Sharon.

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    • And, as always, thank you! 🙂

      I hope this year is a good one for you in every way, Bonnie.

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