Back in the hammock again

We were unable to line up a campground in Georgia so we moved back down to Manatee Hammock for several days after leaving St. Augustine.  It really does seem like moving day is getting easier.  We’ve all got our jobs and the boys especially are getting so they don’t need supervision for theirs.  Having a full hookup site helps as I can dump tanks in parallel with other travel preparations going on.

When we took the garbage to the dumpster before we left the Pepper Tree “resort” I noticed a whole big pile of couches, chairs and carpet rolls piled by the dumpsters.  We had a piece of carpet (free carpet remnant) we used on the vinyl floor at the beginning of the trip to help keep our feet warm in the cold temps.  But for more than a month it has just been taking up room in the basement.  I inquired if we could leave it with the other stuff and permission was granted….wooohooo, got rid of some stuff!

We were on the road by 10:30 with only about a 2 hour drive and a 3:00 checkin.  So we dilly dallyed.  We stopped at a very touristy Indian River Fruit stand and bought a bag of oranges.  Then we stopped at Daytona speedway to check that out.  We ate lunch while parked in the giant parking lot then went in and looked at the gift shop.  The last time we were here you could go out and see the track, but that’s apparently a thing of the past.  The kids got their pics taken with some flat NASCAR drivers and then we continued on our way.

Looks touristy

Big parking lot

With Danica

With Joey

With Newman

With Jr




Arriving back at the Hammock was nice.  It was familiar.  We knew where it was, we knew the check-in procedure, we knew exactly where our site was, etc.  I love adventure, but every once in awhile familiar is good.  In fact, it’s the juxtaposition of the unfamiliar and familiar that I like about bringing your home on your adventure…whether you carry your ultra light fabric home on your back or you pull a 38 foot mansion behind your truck it’s a really cool feeling to wake up in the comforts of your familiar home and be surrounded by new vistas, people and experiences.  While the vistas weren’t totally new back in the hammock the experiences we had and the people we met were.

We had really nice neighbors, Mike and Pat, who we chatted with often, swapping RV tales and sharing family photos.  They have spent many winters at the campground and were able to give us lots of advise about the area and were just really nice folks.  Despite their mobile lifestyle, Pat had been growing tomato plants and one was probably 5 feet tall.  Her neighbors will be jealous when she gets it back home to Connecticut this spring!
Breens and Wachs

Speaking of nomads who garden, several doors down was a lady staying long term at the campground.  I had seen her place during our last visit but did not get a picture.  This time I asked if I could take a picture and she said “of course, but not with me in it”.  Check this out….she lives in that tent you can hardly see behind her incredible garden.
Flower lady

We spent 5 full days in Manatee Hammock and most of it was spent at the campground.  I worked, the kids did school, we did some cleaning and organizing, and we played.  We kicked the soccer ball around, threw the football, played frisbee, took walks, played at the pool and went to church.

Our home church in Longmont has a Thursday night service, so when I found out that the church right up the road from the campground had a Wednesday night service we decided to give it a shot.  New Life Christian Fellowship has a casual worship time on Wednesday night with worship through music and then Pastor Linkous bringing a message complete with lots of “can I have an amen?”.  Once again we felt very welcomed by the people.  During the meet and greet time Pastor Linkous asked people to “be sure to welcome the family from Colorado”…and boy did they ever.  I have no problem with this at all, but I can see how if you were a seeker wanting to keep a low profile this could turn you off.  Spending the evening in the company of the church was really nice.

I took the Beast in to get an oil change while we had some down days.  Tire Kingdom quoted me $177 for an oil change, Firestone quoted $88 after tax…same thing the dealership charges.  I don’t know if $88 is a fair price or not but it beats $177 so I made an appointment and was in and out in 1 hour.  For once, the Beast got a clean bill of health and didn’t cost me any more than what I went in expecting to pay.  Praise the Lord!!

For some reason I really liked this campground.  Well, actually I think I’ve liked just about all of them.  But I got more attached here.  I think it is partly due to the fact that we spent over a month in Florida and would finally be leaving and I am not ready to leave.  I wanted to rewind time and go back and do it all over again.  However, new adventure lies ahead and I know it will be great!

Site L

Working and reading

Soooo yummy

Fa Family Lo Mein

Down by the water

Crack the whip

Dining room view


The Q master




BBQing marshmallows

Church shirts

Flower lady



Rasta tree

Rasta Papa

Kicking around



Brielle and Steph

Grill master


Site L

Breens and Wachs


Nice hair!


2 thoughts on “Back in the hammock again

  • April 14, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Huck I too have always LOVED Florida. After spending time camping in the Everglades and canoeing, driving out to Key West etc…you really start to think about how very amazing the geography and history are of the state. The sad thing is how commercialized and built up it has become but imagine being Ponce De Leon and coming across that land finding only native people and the swamps and waterways… animals and birds. It truly had to be like paradise!! I also think the fact that the state and the Everglades were like a sponge extracting all the pollutants from the rivers and environment of the East Coast for hundreds of years is a really cool God made help to humankind. Too bad we didn’t realize it and built over much of it. I have enjoyed reading your posts. I hope Georgia brings you more fun times. All is well on homefront!

  • April 20, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    88$ for an oil change for that rig would be a fair price. Using syntheitic in a car can cost $75


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