Friday, May 1, 2015

Our Summer Begins

Golden Acres Ranch
704 Barnes Rd.
Monticello FL 32344
GPS: 30.606185, -83.860218

Yesterday we finished just about all of our preparation chores, so I was counting on an early start today. Not pre–dawn but not mid–morning either. We buttoned up the house (a new task for us) and were ready to pull out at 0830 but I could not get the GPS app on my phone to behave. After half an hour messing with it, I realized the phone was in airplane mode. I don't know how it got there but it was. With that straightened out we got rolling at 0900.

The weather was beautiful all day long and we covered the 283 miles to our first night's stop in six and a half hours. We pulled into Golden Acres Ranch just east of Tallahassee at 1530.

Travel Day 1 – Titusville, FL to Monticello, FL

On this trip I am using our Harvest Hosts membership for the first time and today was our first stop. Harvest Hosts is a collection of private farms, wineries, and attractions that allow RVers free overnight parking. The hope is that you will buy some of their product in return for the favor. I have seen the advertisements several times over the past couple years and we joined at the Tampa RV show in January. Click on the logo at the bottom of this page to connect and learn more. Our hosts today were Bobbie and Fred Golden the owners of Golden Acres Ranch.

Bobbie greeted us on arrival, showed us around the ranch, and told us a bit about their history with the ranch while she bottle fed a baby goat. We met Fred Golden and chatted with him for a spell too.

Our dry camp site was a small field near the store

We spent some time with Bobbie in her little store, which is open whenever you ring the big bell at the house.

and learned about Mayhaw Jelly. We had a taste and of course had to buy some.

Bobbie was very interested in our WorKamping experiences and the whole idea behind it, so I gave her the web addresses for Workamper News and Workers–On–Wheels. I think she will join those two sites and we will soon see her ads in those publications.

This evening we relaxed at our rig and socialized with the chickens.

If you're nearby, stop and try some Mayhaw jelly
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