Winding Down in Florida
Bushnell, FL - Events of Sunday, March 24 to Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The campground has been slowly emptying out since about the beginning of March. There were a few new arrivals during March as families with kids on spring break came in for a week or so, but they, too, have been heading back north.
Blueberry Hill hosted a farewell party on Sunday. They served complimentary hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, potato chips and drinks (lemonade and iced tea) from noon to 2:00. The event was originally scheduled for the outdoor pavilion, but it was very windy and threatening rain so they moved everything into the clubhouse.
There was a pretty good turnout in spite of the threatening weather - you know how retirees are when someone mentions free food. When we got to the clubhouse, we were pleased to see we wouldn't have to wait long to get our hamburgers because the food was being served very efficiently from three separate lines. We continue to be impressed by the way Blueberry Hill is being run by its new owners, Sun RV Resorts.
a good thing they moved everything inside because the downpour started shortly after 1:00. Fortunately for us, the worst of the storm passed to the south and east, but we did have fairly heavy rain and a good bit of thunder and lightning for a short time.
Lunch was followed by entertainment by a band called Pure Country Gold. They did old-time country songs and were pretty good. We hung around and listened for a little while, then headed back to the rig to watch the NASCAR race.
The exodus from the campground accelerated after the weekend because many snowbirds wanted to be home by Easter. We heard reports of highway backups farther north because of all the traffic. The front section at Blueberry Hill is almost empty, and all the rows in the rear section where our site is located now have big gaps.
Lu and Larry are new friends of ours. They have followed our blog for some time, and we had the pleasure of finally meeting them at Rainbow Plantation last fall. They spent the winter a little farther south in Florida, and we got an e-mail from them a while back saying they were planning to stop at the Escapees Sumter Oaks Campground for a few days on their way through the area. Since Sumter Oaks is only one exit south of where Blueberry Hill is located, we made arrangements to get together with them on Tuesday.
Larry recently installed the same Samsung residential refrigerator in their motor home that Paul installed in ours last year, so we drove to Sumter Oaks around 1:00 p.m. to to admire Larry's work. He did a great job, and the installation looks very professional.
After chatting a while and having a piece of delicious strawberry pie that Lu had made, Lu and Larry followed us to Blueberry Hill because they were interested in seeing the campground and because they wanted to stop and see Freeway. After chatting a little more and playing with Freeway, we all piled into our car and headed to OakWood Grill in The Villages for lupper.
We have written about OakWood numerous times. They specialize in smoked meats and barbecued ribs. Lunch specials include pulled pork, smoked turkey or beef sandwiches plus one side and a drink for $7.45. For lunch, they also have pulled pork, grilled chicken, sausage, smoked turkey and smoked beef plates with two sides for $7.99. Dinner plates with larger portions are available at a slightly higher price. They also have a full rack of baby back ribs all day Sundays through Wednesdays for a special price of $12.99 (regular price $15.99). Larry and Margery had ribs, Lu had a smoked beef plate, and Paul had smoked turkey. Everything was yummy!
By the time we finished eating, there was a long line of people waiting for tables, so we cut our conversation short and headed back to Blueberry Hill. There is a Russell Stover Candy Factory and Outlet Store in Wildwood, and since we had to drive right by it, we decided to stop.
The outlet store has just about everything Russell Stover makes. They also have some items available as seconds at discount prices. We all had a couple of samples, and Lu and Larry bought a couple of items. We managed to escape Russell Stover without making a purchase even though they had a number of sugar-free selections that were very tempting.
We continued our conversation a while longer back at our rig, then Lu and Larry headed back to Sumter Oaks. It was a fun day of good food and great conversation.
We still have several days before we pull out. We want to try to make it to the botanical gardens in Sarasota, but we don't know if the weather will cooperate because it has been very cool and windy. We also have a couple of more places where we want to go to eat one more time before we leave. We'll let you know what we were able to squeeze in in our next post.