The Vagabond View: 11-2015
“A Wanderer’s reflections and commentary on the Rendezvous Experience; Happenings, interesting people, the local color and splendor of this magical place”.
Vag – a – bond: noun: A person, usually without a permanent home, who wanders carefree from place to place.
Allow me to introduce myself; I’m Dave Pearson, a recent arrival here at the Suwannee River Rendezvous. As a full-time RV’er, writer and musician I was so taken by this special place that I decided to stick around for a while. Needless to say, my first impressions were validated in the ensuing days. The days melted into months as I was seduced by the serene surroundings, wonderful people and many diversions. This prompted me to seek Susie’s blessing for creating a website Blog wherein I could share my observations and experiences with our Web visitors.
Future entries will include pictures and dialog capturing the unique character of not only the physical experience, but more importantly, the diverse and colorful folks that invariably become part of Frank, Susie & Charlie’s growing “family”.
With the fall season upon us, I’m off to capture and share some of this splendor with you all in my next post!!
It’s depressing to think that the summer is almost over. We’re already in the first week of August! Before long, the crisp winds of autumn will be sweeping over your body like a marching band of multi-colored spiders. Your body will tingle, but your heart will know that any opportunity to extract the resources of summer have long passed you by – and that’s always a blow to the soul. Not something that will propel you into winter. Even writing (or reading) that word gives us headaches.
Thankfully, Suwannee River Rendezvous is located in Florida, which means that we get to avoid the avalanches of cold so many of you have to struggle with. But statistics show that winter is expected to come early and more furious than in years past. You might as well enjoy the rest of the summer when you have the chance, and that includes hopping in your RV and seeing the country – it’s what all the baby boomers and adventuresome seniors are doing, which are behind the biggest resurgence in RV sales since the early 1990s.
Jackie Crosby of Fredericksburg.com writes, “The skyrocketing sales are fueled by the 10,000 or so baby boomers who are turning 65 every day, plus a large band of 50-somethings who are planning for an active or early retirement.” Basically, these people are determined to experience the romance and grandeur of America, but have no interest in camping. We can’t blame them, as camping isn’t for everyone – but since we encourage the outdoors by any means necessary, RV-ing it up is the only option for some people!
Jeff Nobbe, general manager at Shorewood RV Center in Anoka, Minnesota sums it up best: “People are retiring and living more for today than the future. They weren’t doing that before. They were buying lake places before.” This is most certainly an exciting trend to see! Experience America this summer! You don’t have much time left!
There are different kinds of campers. Likewise, there are all different kinds of camping trips. There are of course the traditional, weekend camper you could find at any state park across the country on any given Saturday and Sunday. But then there are the more adventurous campers.
We are all familiar with the ‘family camping’ trip. The first component to family camping trip is what’s known as the contemporary nuclear family, with a mother, father and 2.5 children. Those enjoying the family camping trip, known as ‘family campers,” usually pull their SUV right up to the campsite where they plan to spend the long weekend.
What is usually most fundamental to the family camping trip is the type of campground selected. Family campground sites facilitate the park and camp principle, allowing family campers to park as close as possible to the site. This is because your typical family camper will pack everything that can possibly fit in their vehicle to contribute to their comfort on their camping trip. This can include anything and everything from 6 collapsible chairs to a full size grill to an 8-man tent.
Then there is the kind of camper who likes to travel lighter and quicker. They may also want to take a bit more adventurous of a route, either off the beaten path or away from the pollution and noise of vehicular traffic. These campers, ‘light and fast’ or ‘woodsman campers,’ integrate hiking as the main component to their camping trip. Enjoying only the comforts which can fit in a backpack, the ‘woodsman camper’ packs a bit more conservatively than the ‘family camper’ counterpart.
Because everything you camp with you must hike with, and a hiking bag only holds so much, scaling back what to bring as a woodsman camper is crucial. This means trading in a grill for a pocket camp stove, the 8-man tent for a bivvy bag and a giving up your collapsible chair. You may also want to trade in that 18 pack of beer bottles for a flask of whiskey.
Ruby went spring hopping with her mom and dad and little sister. She had a great time and told me all about it.
Mama went swimming in our spring and got to explore the resort. She was so friendly. I hope she comes back soon.
One of the most popular activities our guests like to take part in is the amazing fishing on the Suwannee River. What’s so great about this sport is that folks of all ages can enjoy it! Whether you’re a beginner who’s just looking to have a little fun on the water, or an avid fisherman in search of some excitement, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for on the river!
For those of you who are just starting out though, we’ve got a little bit of advice to help you get the most out of your experience:
Make sure you have the Right Equipment –There are plenty of great brands that carry rods and reels that are specially-made to help make things easier for someone who is just beginning. Check them out at your local sporting goods store and see if anything peeks your interest.
Choose the Right Bait – Your basic worm on a hook can go a long way for a relaxed day on the water, but consider doing some research on which type of bait attracts the particular fish you’re looking to catch. Just like you’re attracted to different types of food, fish are attracted to different kinds of bait.
Check the Weather – You may be praying for sunny skies but sometimes, it’s the overcast that leads to a great fishing day.
Dress Appropriately – Boots are your new best friends. Make a note of it.
Bring Food – It could be a while before you catch anything on your first day. Be sure to pack a snack!
Bug Spray – Need we really say more?
Once you’re ready to take on some serious fishing fun, be sure to give Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort & Campground a call! We’d love the opportunity to watch you hone your skills as you make your way to pro fisherman status!