Hermine closing many FL State campgrounds – some until further notice


~Evacuation of state park campgrounds and park closures to ensure visitor safety~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service announces the evacuation of campgrounds and closure of state parks across Central and North Florida due to post-storm weather conditions, including flooding.

The following state park campgrounds have been closed:

  • Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine (St. Johns County)
  • Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park, Eastpoint (Franklin County)
  • Fort Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach (Nassau County)
  • Lafayette Blue Springs State Park, Mayo (Suwannee County)
  • Little Talbot Island State Park, Jacksonville (Duval Country)
  • Manatee Springs State Park, Chiefland (Dixie County)
  • Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park, Keystone Heights (Clay County)
  • Ochlockonee River State Park, Sopchoppy (Wakulla County)
  • O’leno State Park, High Springs (Columbia County)
  • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Micanopy (Alachua County)
  • Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon (Marion County)
  • Silver Springs State Park, Ocala (Marion County)
  • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs (Hamilton County)
  • Suwannee River State Park, Live Oak (Suwannee County)
  • T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Port St. Joe (Gulf County)
  • Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park, Gulf Hammock (Levy County)

The following state parks are closed until further notice:

  • Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee (Leon County)
  • Adam’s Tract River Camp, Suwannee River (GPS Location: N 30 2.10, W 83 1.14)
  • Bald Point State Park, Alligator Point (Franklin County)
  • Cedar Key Museum State Park, Cedar Key (Levy County)
  • Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve, Cedar Key (Levy County)
  • Constitution Convention Museum State Park, Port St. Joe (Gulf County)
  • Crystal River Archaeological State Park, Crystal River (Citrus County)
  • Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park, Eastpoint (Franklin County)
  • Econfina River State Park, Lamont (Taylor County)
  • Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa (Citrus County)
  • Fanning Springs State Park, Fanning Springs (Levy County)
  • Forest Capital Museum State Park, Perry (Taylor County)
  • John Gorrie Museum State Park, Apalachicola (Franklin County)
  • Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, Tallahassee (Leon County)
  • Lake Talquin State Park, Tallahassee (Leon County)
  • Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park, Monticello (Jefferson County)
  • Madison Blue Spring State Park, Madison (Madison County)
  • Manatee Springs State Park, Chiefland (Dixie County)
  • Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park, Tallahassee (Leon County)
  • Ochlockonee River State Park, Sopchoppy (Wakulla County)
  • Orman House Historic State Park, Apalachicola (Franklin County)
  • San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park, Saint Marks (Wakulla County)
  • St. Marks River Preserve State Park, Tallahassee (Leon County)
  • Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail, Crawfordville (Wakulla County)
  • T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Port St. Joe (Gulf County)
  • Torreya State Park, Bristol (Liberty County)
  • Wakulla Springs State Park, Wakulla Springs (Wakulla County)
  • Weeki Wachee State Park, Weeki Wachee (Hernando County)

Florida’s state park system is one of the largest in the country with 174 state parks, trails and historic sites covering nearly 800,000 acres. For more about Florida State Parks and closure updates, visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/.

One-of-a-kind Job Opportunity for an RVer

Can you type 65+word/min or more? Like to try living like a cactus wren under high mountain vistas north of Tucson in exchange for typing a manuscript this winter. Double Rainbows. Ski Mount Lemmon. Boat, fish Apache and Canyon Lakes. Forty miles of lovely, upcountry mountain roads to Tucson. Two hours to Mexico dentists.

Must be able to type 65 words per minute or greater. Must be willing to provide typing 4 hrs. per day Monday through Friday January through March (or equivalent). Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom for one person. If couple, can provide parking, access to water and electricity for travel trailer on secure, fenced site.

References and background checks. Call 403-398-1217. No Email please

More about the area:
Sunshine, vibrant arts, culture and sports mecca. Just the right mix of nature, town and south western, Old Pueblo, hospitality leisure country. Uphill, upscale, atop the San Pedro River Valley. The San Pedro is the only North American river that runs south to north from Mexico to Arizona:.

Sunset over the Galiuro Mountains; SE of San Manuel, AZ
Sunset over the Galiuro Mountains
 “…The San Pedro River is the central corridor of the Madrean Archipelago of “Sky Islands”, high mountains with unique ecosystems different from the ecology of the Sonoran desert “seas” that surround it.
More than 300 species of birds, 200 species of butterflies and 20 species of bats use this corridor as they migrate between South, Central and North America, including the imperiled yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus). More than 80 species of mammals, including jaguar (Panthera onca), coatimundi (Nasua narica), bats, beaver (Castor canadensis frontador), mountain lion, and many rodents; more than 65 species of reptiles and amphibians, including Sonoran tiger salamander (Ambystoma mavortium stebbinsi) and western barking frog (Eleutherodactylus augusti). Remaining native fish species include the Gila chub (Gila intermedia) which is proposed for federal listing as endangered, and the longfin dace, desert sucker, roundtail chub, Sonora sucker, and speckled dace. The flora includes Fremont cottonwood (Populus fremontii), Goodding willow (Salix gracilistyla), velvet mesquite, sacaton, and the Federally endangered Huachuca water umbel (Lilaeopsis schaffneriana spp. recurva)…” (Wikipedia).
Ecology inclined retirees/field naturalists, academic researchers; evening scented primrose, wild boar, jaguar and panther trackers, bird callers and fishers. Hunters. Pro, pro, pro back roads enthusiasts. Travelling nurses and teachers. Sunshine, vibrant arts, culture, hunting and sports mecca.
Received by: J Armstrong/snowbirdrvtrails.com 8/19/16

The Storks of Shoppers Way Lane

Day Trip – The Storks of Shoppers Way Lane
Hidden behind a large shopping center – just off busy US-19 in Port Richey, Florida you will find a small pond with cypress trees and ringed with mangroves. Easy to miss driving by but the perfect spot for a Rookery of American Wood Storks!

For directions, photos and more info – visit our website at


7 Important Winter Swimming Safety Tips

Our safety conscious friend Angie has been thinking about “Polar Bear Plunges” and passes along some good info about getting through the frigid months safely. -Jack

Greetings from Sanford, NC!

I write to you today while the temperature outside is in the upper 30s – it feels very frigid to me, but I bet some people would much prefer this temperature to their own!

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about Polar Bear Plunges – with the temperatures dipping, the weather conditions are right. I love the idea behind them (braving the cold for a great charitable cause) but the extreme conditions do scare me a bit. If you’re not prepared for what lies ahead, you may be putting yourself at risk for injury (or worse…).

That’s an issue we can solve through health education, which is why I’m writing to you today. I put together some winter safety resources I found in hopes you’ll share them with your site visitors (may fit well here: http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/emailbag.htm):

Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

Top Ten Red Cross Cold Weather Safety Tips

8 Ways to Handle Swimming in Cold Water

10 Do’s And Don’ts for Polar Plunges

Warning Signs of Hypothermia

Basic First Aid Resources

7 Scientific Tips for Staying Warm

Let’s get out there and brave the cold, but let’s be safe doing so, too. 🙂

Take care and stay warm!

Angela Tollersons ǀ angelaT@forfamilyhealth.net
http://forfamilyhealth.net/ ǀ A Health & Happiness Resource for Families.
500 Westover Dr. #9372 ǀ Sanford, NC ǀ 27330

JUST ANNOUNCED: The 2016 Florida Strawberry Festival Entertainment Lineup

Don’t miss the fun in Plant City, Florida from March 3-13, 2016!
Headliners will be:
Thursday, March 3 – Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra | Charley Pride | Josh Turner
Friday, March 4 – Mickey Gilley | BIG & RICH
Saturday, March 5 – Lecrae | Cheap Trick
Sunday, March 6 – Shenandoah | Donny & Marie
Monday, March 7 – Gene Watson | LONESTAR
Tuesday, March 8 – Dick Fox’s Golden Boys starring Frankie Avalon, Fabian & Bobby Rydell | Trace Adkins
Wednesday, March 9 – Ray Stevens | Martina McBride
Thursday, March 10 – Tommy Dorsey Orchestra | Oak Ridge Boys | Casting Crowns
Friday, March 11 – Tanya Tucker | Cole Swindell
Saturday, March 12 – Merle Haggard | Charlie Wilson
Sunday, March 13 – Echosmith | The Band Perry

There are a limited number of FREE Seats available in the Morrow Steel Free Grandstand. Availability is based on a first come, first seated.

Tickets for each show can be purchased on December 10 at 8 a.m. on their website and at the Amscot Main Ticket Office located at 2209 W. Oak Avenue in Plant City and over the phone at 813-754-1996.

See the website for more information: http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com/

Where to find Workamping Jobs for Couples

Where to find Workamping jobs
Where to find Workamping Jobs

We have just added a new source for Workamping jobs on our website:
“If you are a job-seeking couple, you have just discovered the largest single source of jobs-for-two anywhere!”
They post thousands of jobs per year, all that are seeking couples or teams of two. While most of the openings are all across the US and Canada, you will also find couples jobs in Central America, the Caribbean, Europe and other locations. Surely your perfect opportunity awaits!
That brings the total to 20 sources (plus State government sources) where you can find up-to-date Workamping Job information for free on our website at http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/workkamping.htm.

The Iron Horse is taming the Adirondack wilderness once again!

Adventurers and train buffs alike can climb aboard the Saratoga & North Creek Railway train in Saratoga Springs, New York for the two and a half hour train ride to North Creek, just as the wealthy did in a previous Century.

The Saratoga Train Depot
The Saratoga Train Depot

Back in the day, the sportsmen, the wealthy and their families, and others with medical problems sought relief from the sweltering city Summers and found comfort, sport, “The Cure”, and good times in the camps, lodges, and resorts in the Adirondack Mountains.

Friends - Dick, Sue, Ken, Niki, and Gary are ready for a train trip
Dick, Sue, Ken, Niki, and Gary are ready for a train trip

On this day trip adventure we were happy to have Brother Ken, and our good friends, Dick, Sue, and Gary along to join us and share the fun.

Lady Myah - Queen of the Saratoga Depot Cafe & Gift Shoppe
Lady Myah – Queen of the Saratoga Depot Cafe & Gift Shoppe

It should be mentioned that any trip will get off to a grand start, as ours did, by entering the Saratoga Depot and striking up a conversation with the bright, bubbly, and friendly soul that presides over the Cafe and Gift Shoppe! Lady Myah is a force that you cannot help but enjoy meeting and being around even briefly. Former First Lady in the Dominican Republic, before the unfortunate demise of her husband the Prime Minister, she is smart, witty, well traveled, and involved in many good causes, especially for less fortunate kids. We may be seeing her again in relation to some plans she has for some of the inner city youth of New York City.

ALL ABOARD! The Saratoga & North Creek Railway
ALL ABOARD!- The Saratoga & North Creek Railway

Our bewhiskered conductor gives the call and 140 of his newest passengers have their tickets punched and board the train. Some have seating in the domed dining car while our group and many others are traveling in the refurbished coaches.

Domed dining car on he Saratoga & North Creek Railway
Domed dining car on he Saratoga & North Creek Railway
The beautiful Adirondack Mountains by train
The beautiful Adirondack Mountains by train

Our train reaches speeds of 30MPH and passes through small hamlets and past former depots of an earlier time. We cross over the 90′ high trestle bridge over the Sacandaga River, and through dense forest land, and along many miles of Hudson River shoreline. So much different than the same river that reaches New York City and the Atlantic Ocean many miles to the South.

North Creek Depot of the Saratoga & North Creek Rail System
North Creek Depot of the Saratoga & North Creek Rail System

We reach our Northernmost destination of North Creek, NY. A sleepy hamlet that comes to life more in the Winter months as it is a short distance from Gore Mountain Ski Area.

The North Creek Railway Depot & Museum
The North Creek Railway Depot & Museum

The original North Creek Depot is now a very fine museum of local history. Admission is $2 and docents are on hand to explain any and all exhibits. The highlight for me was the beautifully constructed diorama of the area in earlier times, complete with model train and the 4 Seasons.

Teddy Roosevelt and his ties to North Creek
Teddy Roosevelt and his ties to North Creek

A good portion also concerns Teddy Roosevelt as the station is also where he learned that he was President of the United States following the assassination of President McKinley.

Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again in North Creek
Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again in North Creek

There is a weekend celebration each September when “Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again!” We are told a superb actor from Tennessee comes to town and “is” Teddy for the weekend. They also crank up the old Leviathan #63 Steam Train for the festivities.

This way to Main Street in North Creek
This way to Main Street in North Creek

Main Street, North Creek is only 100 yards from the Depot with shops and restaurants to explore during the 3 hour layover before the return trip to Saratoga.

Izzy's Market & Deli in North Creek, NY
Izzy’s Market & Deli in North Creek, NY

We chose to have lunch at Izzy’s Market and Deli after reading some good reviews on the Internet. It is a small place and we were happy to see that not all 140 of our fellow passengers had chosen to lunch here. They do have some interesting sandwich and soup combinations to choose from. On this particular day every sandwich our group chose was prepared with very hard, almost “unchewable”, rolls or baguettes. That said, we all agreed that the ingredients and fixin’s inside the sandwiches were excellent and the manager did apologize and make it right for us.

After some exploring and window shopping we all reboarded the train at 3:30 for the 2 1/2 hour trip back to Saratoga.

We all agreed that we had great weather for good friends to share a grand time on a day together and a trip on a train along the rails of history.

A ride on The Saratoga & North Creek Railroad
We rode the Saratoga & North Creek Railroad!

The Sound of Thunder

AMERICADE 2014 Lake George, New York
Lake George, New York

The sound of thunder rolled across the Adirondack Mountains this week as thousands of bikers gathered in Lake George, New York for 2014 AMERICADE June 2nd thru 7th. There are Trikes, bikes, and Spyders of all types with riders ranging from their teens to well into their “golden years”.

The 5 days were filled with benefit rides, tours and scavenger hunts, as well as great musical entertainment, comedy, stunt shows and more.

Cruisin' Main Street Americade 2014
Cruisin’ Main Street Lake George, NY – Americade 2014

All of the big name vendors were on hand showing the latest and greatest, must-haves, riding gear, gadgets and the newest machines.
Visiting the Vendors Americade 2014
Visiting the Vendors – Americade 2014

Lake George is a sleepy little town during the long Winter months but comes quickly to life with each new gathering during this first week of June each year.
Relaxing at Americade 2014
Relaxing at Americade 2014

This is a major Summer vacation and tourist destination but the many motels were filled to capacity and nearly all had their “No Vacancy” signs up for this week.
Good times & great memories at Americade 2014
Good times & great memories at Americade 2014

The weather has cooperated and has been nearly perfect in the 70’s and 80’s all week. The bikes cruised the main drag morning, noon, and night to the delight of the many visitors walking along the sidewalks and visiting the Village shops.
Bikes Lining Main St at Americade 2014
Line up on Main St at Americade 2014

The greatest sight for Niki and me are the hundreds of bikes parked side-by-side the entire length of main street in the late afternoons and evenings. It is really something to see.
The "Wall of Death" -  Americade 2014
The “Wall of Death” – Americade 2014

Everyone comes to enjoy the fun, the bikes, and the camaraderie. There is seldom any of the trouble that is sometimes found at other meets around the Country.

We hope everyone had a great time ’cause we sure enjoyed having you!