Wednesday, November 18 thru Monday November 30, 2009
It rained all Wednesday morning in Covington, so we got a late start and didn’t arrive at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Camp near Live Oak, FL until after sundown, breaking our cardinal rule of never setting up in the dark. Fortunately, it was a fairly level pull through site. The park has nearly 1000 RV sites plus room for about 1000 tenters. They have an indoor Music Hall seating about 800. Some type of entertainment , usually musical, goes on 6 nights a week. Many of the big names have performed there. While we were there, the weekend event was a Civil War Re-enactment of the Raid on the Suwannee. Lots of people in period costume and lots of horses showed up for the 2 day affair. Our friends, Garry & Norma Forster, who live only half an hour from the park had planned to attend the “battle” with us. Unfortunately, neither Drew nor Garry was feeling well either day. So, we did not attend, but we did feel the cannon fire as I imagine farmers’ would have when the two sides met in their fields.
We did spend one day with Garry & Norma - went to lunch in Live Oak then went to sit on the deck at their home on the banks of the Suwannee River. It was so beautiful and so peaceful there. We’ll have to make a return trip to Spirit of the Suwannee Music Camp in hopes of enjoying the music fare. It’s nearly 90 miles from Heather’s, or we might come one evening just to see the 5 million Christmas lights on display for the month of December.
On Monday, the 23rd, we relocated to Keystone Heights. We were anxious to see Cathy Sorge, our neighbor from Silver Spring, compete on Jeopardy. Sadly, she didn’t win, but it had to be quite an adventure! Thursday was, of course, Thanksgiving and also our son-in-law’s birthday. Mason & Zachary spent Tuesday thru Saturday at their dad’s, so it was just Drew & I, Heather & Donny, & their two youngest, Gage & Gennasee. Though our number was small, we prepared enough food to feed a small third world country. We, like a good portion of the U.S. population, won’t go hungry for many days to come - warmed up turkey leftovers, turkey sandwiches, turkey casserole, turkey soup, ....
Heather spent most of Saturday after T-Day creating a cake for Gage’s 6th b’day party being held on Sunday. The cake was quite intricate, and I enjoyed watching the whole process. I don’t believe I am anywhere nearly as dedicated to creating a masterpiece to be devoured by a group of munchkins. Sunday’s party really went quite well. The moon bounce Heather rented kept them all pretty occupied.