Finishing up in Summerdale, AL and Heading to Bushnell, FL
Bushnell, FL - Events of Friday, November 30 to Tuesday, December 4, 2012
We approached the end of our time in Summerdale with mixed emotions. On one hand, we love the area. There is a lot to see and do, there is convenient shopping at all the major chains and there are lots of good places to eat at reasonable prices. We are also making friends with fellow Escapees who are regulars at Rainbow Plantation. On the other hand, the weather was cooling off, so we were itching to head farther south; and we were also excited to see all the changes at Blueberry Hill.
We wanted to take advantage of the special lunch prices at Big Daddy's one more time before we left Summerdale, so we headed there on Friday for a late lunch with Darrell, Judy and their friends Jim and Ellie. Jim and Ellie were located three sites down the road from us at Rainbow Plantation.
The weather had warmed up, but there were little bugs flying around our faces as we stood outside the door trying to decide whether to eat inside or outside. Well, that made the decision easier - inside it was.
We all took advantage of the lunch specials. Darrell, Judy, Margery and Paul all had Philly beef and cheese sandwiches that included one side for $6 ($10 after 4:00 p.m.). Ellie had a blackened shrimp basket and Jim had a blackened fish basket. The baskets include cole slaw plus one additional side for $10 ($15 after 4:00 p.m.).
If it seems like all we did was eat out the entire time we were in the Summerdale area, that is mostly true. Margery did have her cataract surgery with several perliminary appointments and several follow-up appointments, but we did quite a bit of visiting with old and new friends. Visiting is conducive to eating, and that's what we did a lot of. We went to eat at all of our favorite restaurants, including two new ones, at least twice in the 6 weeks we were in the Summerdale area.
On Saturday, we did our weekly cleaning of the motor home and began putting things away in preparation for departure. Margery caught up on laundry, and Paul checked the air in the tires. After church on Sunday, we did a little more packing and some relaxing. Darrell and Judy stopped by to say good-bye.
We headed out to Big Oak RV Park in Tallahassee, FL on Monday morning. It was a 4-hour drive plus a stop for gas. Since we also lost an hour going from the Central Time Zone to Eastern, we didn't pull into Big Oak until around 2:30 EST.
We have stopped at Big Oak twice before. It is conveniently located about half way between Summerdale and Bushnell. The main road at Big Oak RV is part asphalt and part gravel. The pads are all gravel and the patios are paved.
There are full hookups with free Wi-fi and cable. The Wi-Fi was fairly fast, but we got dumped off several times in the evening so we switched to our Verizon Broadband, which is 4G in the area. Some sites have 30-amp electric, and some have 30/50 amp. We got a 50-amp site, which costs $3 extra. Our total after the 10% Good Sam discount was $36. The photo below shows our site at Big Oak RV.
Big Oak has mostly back-ins with some pull-throughs. We always like to get a pull-through when we're making a one-night stop so we don't have to unhook the toad. There are quite a few large live oak trees around the campground; but, fortunately for us, a few of the pull-throughs are a bit more open so we were able to get good satellite reception with our roof-top dish, and we didn't have to fuss with the tripod.
Big Oak RV Park takes its name from the huge live oak tree that stands in the middle of the campground. It has been dated at over 350 years old. The arching branches create a densely-shaded canopy.
The following morning we were on the road again with about a 4-hour drive to Blueberry Hill RV Park in Bushnell, FL. We arrived shortly after 1:00 p.m.
We have spent 6 winters at Blueberry Hill, and we have had the same site for the last 5 of those 6 years. The sites in the front section, which are usually used for shorter stays and for rallies, are paved with a strip of grass between, but they are a little narrow. The sites in the back section where we stay are all grass and are huge. There are full hookups and 30/50-amp electric on all sites. There is free cable and Wi-Fi with good coverage available for a fee. There is free Wi-Fi at the clubhouse, and the signal reportedly reaches some of the sites that are close by.
One of the things we like about Blueberry Hill in addition to the convenient location and extra-large sites are the fairly affordable rates. Winter rates for 2012-2013 are $500 a month plus electric for stays of 3 months or longer.
Just before we left last spring, the sale of Blueberry Hill to new owners (Sun RV Resorts) was finalized. The new owners have been busy making improvements all summer. They repainted the clubhouse inside and out and they remodeled the office and gave it a new entrance so guests no longer have to go through the clubhouse and possibly interrupt an event that may be going on. The new owners also widened the entrance road and added new landscaping, added a fenced-in dog park (complete with a faucet to provide water for the pups), brought back the bocce courts which had been removed by the prevoius owners, resurfaced the shuffleboard courts, replaced the chain-link fence around the pool with a white vinyl fence, replaced the pool furniture, added a fitness center and added a lighted pickle ball court. We'll have some photos of some the improvements in an upcoming post after we get settled and have time to go for a walk to check them out. We may find some other things to do as well, so stay tuned.