Back in Florida
Bushnell, FL - Events of Monday, November 9 to Wednesday, November 11, 2015
On Monday morning, we said "good-bye" to Lower Alabama. We were hitched up and on the road heading toward Florida by about 9:40 a.m. We had a drive of a little less than 4 hours to our overnight stop at Beaver Lake Campground in Quincy, Florida. Quincy is a few miles into the Eastern Time Zone, so we lost an hour and pulled into Beaver Lake Campground around 2:30.
Beaver Lake Campground is a no-frills campground located behind a gas station just off I-10. There are about a dozen sites, most of which are pull-throughs in a grassy field. There are a few sites under some trees off to the side and a couple of older mobile homes way off in the back of the property.
As far as we could tell, all the sites have full hookups with 30/50-amp electric. There were cable boxes on the utility pedestals, but we have no idea if they worked or not. The sites are very close together and the hookups for the pull-throughs are side-by-side, so you are really close to your neighbor on the off-door side. There was surprisingly little traffic noise for how close the campground is to the interstate. We paid $20 for the night with a Passport America discount.
With a bunch of pull-throughs, full hookups, a reasonable price and easy access right off the interstate, this is a good place for an overnight stop. It is especially good for us because it is almost exactly half way between Lower Alabama and where we stay for the winter in Bushnell, Florida. The only problem is the lady in the gas station who does the check-in for the campground. She is very brusque and somewhat intimidating. She is all business with no time for pleasantries, and she is strictly by the book. We knew about her from the online reviews on rvparkreviews.com, so we were prepared. We weren't disappointed. We suggest that you keep a sense of humor if you stay here.
The check-in time at Beaver Lake is 2:00 p.m. There are reviews by people who arrived before 2:00 and were made to stand there and wait until exactly 2:00 before the lady would begin the check-in process, even though she had nothing else to do. That is really by the book! If you plan to stop here, just don't arrive early, and don't expect a warm and friendly "hello" at the check-in.
The good news is the check-in was fast and efficient. Except for a few campgrounds where there was self check-in, this was the fastest check-in we can remember in almost 10 years of full-timing.
We had a drive of a little over 4 hours the next day from Quincy to Blueberry Hill. We were on the road before 9:00 a.m. and arrived shortly after 1:00. The highs were in the 60s when we left Lower Alabama. It was only in the mid-50s when we left Quincy, so Paul was wearing jeans instead of shorts. It was 84º when we pulled into Blueberry Hill. Whew!
We checked in at the office at Blueberry, drove to our site and backed in. We were happy to see that our palm tree and shrubs were thriving. It was good to be "home."
Even though we didn't arrive as early in the season as we did last year, Blueberry Hill was almost as full. Several of our neighbors to the right in the photo above hadn't yet arrived, but the street behind us was almost completely full as were many of the sites across the street.
We needed some groceries, so we ran over to the Walmart next door on Wednesday morning. In the afternoon, we headed south to have lupper at Pancho's Villa. We didn't get much Mexican food while we were in Amish country in Ohio all summer, so we were really hungry for it. Pancho's Villa is about 30 minutes south of Blueberry Hill in San Antonio, Florida.
We love the corn chips and salsa at Pancho's because the chips are warm, crisp and lightly salted. They serve two kinds of salsa - hot and mild. We like to mix them about 50:50. Both kinds of salsa also have plenty of fresh cilantro.
We both had ground beef chimichangas. They are served with rice and refried beans, although Margery always requests all rice. The chimichangas are served with guacamole, sour cream, lettuce and tomato on the side. The chimis were yummy - nice and crisp on the outside and with a flavorful meat mixture in the inside. Even the rice is good. Most rice at Mexican restaurants is rather bland and dry, but Pancho's is full of flavor.
After dinner, we headed back to the rig to relax with an evening of TV. We will spend the next few days settling in. There is a little weeding to do, and we want to move a few things from the storage bay (like the grill, the lawn chairs and the smoker along with the charcoal and the collection of wood chips) to the shed to make them easier to access. Beyond that. we don't have any definite plans, but something is bound to pop up. Stay tuned.