Change in Plans
Bushnell, FL - Events of Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Last week on Tuesday, Blueberry Hill had a complimentary farewell cookout. We walked up to the clubhouse late in the afternoon to take part.
Volunteers were cooking burgers and dogs out on the patio when we arrived.
Last year, the entire event was moved indoors because of rain. This year, it was fairly warm and it was sunny, but it was also very windy (15 mph winds with gusts to 25 mph), so the serving was done inside to prevent things like napkins, plates and small children from blowing away.
The serving line was all the way outside by the time we got there. You know how retirees are - mention free food, and they come running.
Of the people who had already been served, some hardy souls were braving the wind and were eating outside at the pavilion, but most of us decided to eat inside.
The line moved quickly. It only took us a few minutes to get inside and get our food. We continue to be impressed at the RV park management and how organized they are. There were three serving tables with three servers at each table. Our meal consisted of burgers, dogs, beans and chips. There were brownies for dessert.
There was free entertainment afterward consisting of a song and comedy duo, but we decided not to hang around and went back to the rig to do our own thing. All in all, it was a nice gathering and a nice way for the campground to say "farewell" to their guests.
Speaking of farewell, we originally planned to leave Blueberry Hill around the end of March and head to the Escapees' Rainbow Plantation in Summerdale, AL. However, we have extended our stay at Blueberry Hill by several weeks.
This year, Sun RV Resorts, the owners of Blueberry Hill, had a special promotion that provided an allowance toward adding paving, landscaping and a storage shed to your site for anyone who made a two-year "6 & 6" commitment. The "6 & 6" rate allows you to use your site for up to 6 months a year and to store your RV on the site for the other 6 months. The promotion also includes a discount on the rate for the first year.
We knew about the deal before we even arrived at Blueberry Hill because of an advance e-mail sent out to guests by Sun. It's a very good deal because the "6 & 6" rate is pretty reasonable to begin with, but we dismissed the offer because we usually only stay about 4 months, and we don't need to store our RV at Blueberry Hill during the summer.
However, as we approached the end of our stay and the March 31 deadline to sign up for the promotion, we started to think about the offer more seriously. We realized if we increased our stay from our usual 4 months to 5, it would only cost us a few dollars more a month under the "6 & 6" plan than staying 5 months at the regular rate. With the special discount, the first year would actually cost less than at the regular rate.
In the end, we decided staying 5 months wasn't such a bad idea because our travel style seems to be slowing anyway. We also concluded the small cost increase after the first year would be worth it for the convenience of having a paved patio to help keep grass out of the rig and of having a shed where we could store a few things and where Paul could have a small workbench. We also thought a little landscaping would be especially nice and might provide Paul with a way to dabble in gardening. Therefore, we decided at the last minute to take advantage of the "6 & 6" deal.
There was a rush of people signing up for the promotion right before the deadline just like we did, so we're pretty far down the list for getting our paving. We could have left for Alabama as scheduled, but we want be here at least long enough to watch them pour the cement and to have time to work out the details about our plant preferences with the landscaper. If possible, we would even like to be here to watch our plants go in. Those are the reasons we decided to extend our stay. Besides, the extension falls within our 6-month allowance for the year, so staying longer won't actually cost us anything additional except for electricity.
Our only firm plans for this year are that we will be spending most of the summer in Ohio's Amish country. The timing all the way around has turned out to be really good because there is more flexibility in our schedule than we usually have, so we'll be able to stay in Florida a little longer without throwing the rest of our travels out of whack. We'll have further updates and photos as work on our site progresses.
Now that we're staying in Florida longer, we'll be looking for more sightseeing opportunities and we're also planning to eat out a few more times, so stay tuned.