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~Its been awhile~

Limpkin (seen at Central Florida Fairgrounds while attending HamjCation/2015)
Limpkin (seen at Central Florida Fairgrounds while attending HamjCation/2015)

Its been awhile….

The last time I posted a blog was when we were still at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound, Florida. We left Hobe Sound almost two weeks ago, with love in our hearts for family that live there. Another treasured visit with them and we look forward to returning next season.

Leaving Hobe Sound we traveled to Orlando to attend the 2015 HamCation event that takes place every February at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. For those of you who might not know, HamCation is an event for Amateur Ham Radio operators and enthusiasts. People attend from all over the United States and some traveling from other countries to enjoy this unique event.

This was our fifth year to attend HamCation.  For four nights we parked at the Central Florida Fairgrounds along with nine other FMCA Amateur Radio Ham Club members. We weren’t alone, many, many other Ham Radio Amateur RV’ers were camped there as well.

During the day we walked around the outside flea markets and the vendors booths in several of the building designed to hold big events such as this. In the evening we enjoyed walks, happy hour and cookouts. On one occasion several of us ladies enjoyed some shopping and lunch. It was great fun seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

It made my heart happy to see hubby enjoying his hobby so much; he wore himself out touring all the fleas and vendor booths.

As far as my hobby goes, there is a big lake along one side of the fairgrounds and I was thrilled to see and photograph some of the many shore birds that enjoy this area. Also, saw a pair of nesting Red-shouldered Hawks and one day witnessed one of them swooping down and grabbing a Mourning Dove.

After HamCation us and two other coaches headed to Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont for seven nights of camping, where we enjoyed long walks, evening cookouts, a few meals out and just being together. On one occasion we visited World of Beer (WOB) where we enjoyed several tasty draft brews and a great lunch! Cheers guys!  Until 2016!

Leaving Lake Louisa we headed to Silver River State Park with our wonderful friends and traveling buddies Karla and Larry and here as well, we enjoyed some hikes and a visit to Silver Springs. Karla and Larry left us today to head home and we are going to miss them.

Howard and I remain at Silver River State Park for a few more days. As I sit here, in the coach typing this blog, the sky is a dull grey, the wind is blowing a little stronger, the air is a little cooler and according to the weather service we are in for a few days of rain.

So for the next few days, being outside in the gorgeous Silver River wilderness, won’t look as inviting and we just might get a few inside items accomplished. Things like writing a blog!

I hope you enjoy these photos taken along the shore of the lake at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, Florida.

Smooth Landing
Smooth Landing
Handsome Devil
Handsome Devil
Courtship at the Docks
Courtship at the Docks
I send you Hearts
I send you Hearts
Little Blue I Love You
Little Blue I Love You
Walk this Way
Walk this Way
Pretty and White
Pretty and White
A Cute Coot
A Cute Coot
Looking for my Lady
Looking for my Lady

Until next time…..

Come fly with Us

Come fly with Us
Come fly with Us

 

 

~A Gathering~

It was a fun four days! 

We gathered with friends, all of us members of the Family Motor Coach Association Amateur Radio Club, at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, for an Amateur Radio Convention. 

We parked our rig on the fairgrounds along with a hundred others! We had water and electric and were able to park with our club members for camaraderie, eats, drinks and just to pass a good time (as they say down south)! 

Hams from all over the world attend this convention every year and this was our four year to attend!

Vendors and other hams setup booths to sell radio equipment and other miscellaneous items in the main buildings located on the fairgrounds property. Outside, people setup tables and tents to sell their “fleas”. There are food vendors, as well, to feed all these hungry radio people.

It was great fun!

One afternoon, I took a walk down by a lake that borders the fairgrounds and found a few of my two-legged feathered friends hanging around – a few seem to be having a fun gathering of their own!

Muscovy Duck
Muscovy Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck
"Come with me"
“Come with me”
"The meeting is called to order"
“The meeting is called to order”
Mallard (female)
Mallard (female)
"What do I do with this feather"
“What do I do with this feather”
“Do you think I can sell it”
American Coot
American Coot
"I'am late for the meeting"
“I’am late for the meeting”
"See Ya"
“See Ya”

When we left the Central Florida Fairgrounds we headed to Lake Louisa State Park with six wonderful friends, for three days of additional camping. We ate some great food, attended a few happy hours, hiked some beautiful trails for some much needed exercise and watched a gorgeous sunset!

We left our friends this morning and headed to Rainbow Springs State Park, in Dunnellon, Florida. It was sure sad leaving, but we need to slowly make our way north and then west! 

You would know – it rained most of the day and turned a little cool! What will the weather do and how slowly will we have to travel west toward home?

"See Ya"
“See Ya”