Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, and thanks to you readers who made 2011 such a rewarding blogging year!

We had planned to go to a music jam last night to play and sing in the new year, but neither Ron nor I felt up to it.  So we stayed home.  Ron did crosswords and I picked up my long neglected doily (even though I said I wasn’t going to) and started tatting the final round.

Today I didn’t feel up to par, so that explains why I felt too tired to go anywhere last night.  Oh well…it’s nice to stay home and just BE sometimes!

I had planned to winterize the Casita yesterday, but went out to turn on the water heater bypass and discovered ours didn’t have one!  That meant I had to go back to Walmart and buy more RV antifreeze, because the water heater has to be full before you can pump the antifreeze into the water lines.  I might could have gotten away with 8 gallons, but bought 9 just to be safe.

Anyway, now our water system is protected down to 40 below!  Since tomorrow night is supposed to get down to 18 F, that ought to take care of it!

Next year we will definitely have a hot water bypass installed!

The people who originally bought our Casita obviously had never owned an RV before.  They ordered it without a roof vent or water heater bypass!

Since the RV place I used to take our Aliner to was largely responsible for its demise due to shoddy and incomplete work, I’m planning to wait until we go to Texas next winter and have Little House Customs put in a roof fan and the water heater bypass.   They are former Casita fulltimers and know these little units inside and out and have a superb reputation for quality work.  My Casita is worth waiting for them!

Fern Hammock Springs, FL

This idyllic, ecologically sensitive and protected treasure is located within the Juniper Springs campground boundaries. The tropical appearance belies the chilly temperature of the water. I decided to do a separate post describing it instead of lumping it in with the Juniper Springs post.

Fern Hammock Springs

Fern Hammock Springs -- it's blue!

How do you describe Eden? Blue. The crystal water is blue. Numerous clear white sand areas pinpoint the location of “boils” — places where cold water erupts through cracks in the underground limestone, roiling the sand bottom and scouring it white.

Fish abound, free and unafraid. We saw two adult turtles, one with an orange neck and one without the coloration. Maybe they were male and female? A baby turtle swam through the transparent water, then ducked down to the darker colored bottom.

Looking toward the observation bridge

Looking toward the observation bridge

Most of the fish were relatively small, but we did see a few large ones.

No fishing, swimming, dogs, or anything that might endanger the tranquility of the spring is permitted here.

Since I don’t have words to describe the beauty without sounding gushy, I will just post photos for you to enjoy.

Large boil below the observation bridge

Lots of fish!

Baby turtle and fish

Baby turtle and fish

A small school of fish

A small school of fish over a large boil

Fish and turtle

Fish and turtle

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