It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day of June, and we’ve been in Welaka, Florida for almost 2 months!
We are leading the slow and easy summer life, which has been reflected in a lack of recent blog posts…you don’t do much, you don’t have much to blog about.
But, as a tribute to the passing of June, I decided to share some of the sights we’ve seen and people who have crossed our paths the past 30 days….in no particular order.
We are happy for the opportunity to continue the musical part of the Sunset Ride on a regular schedule this summer…every other Sunday afternoon at the Boathouse Bar on the resort property. Our first show was on 6/23. We’d already done an impromptu Saturday night show that was so well received, we were added to the regular schedule!
We played on a sultry Sunday afternoon…sun shining for most of the show…but a wandering rainshower provided the opportunity to shoot this little video of our boat, the “Sunset Ride” at the dock. A friend shot the video and it’s in her dropbox so you’ll have to click on the link to enjoy the show: https://www.dropbox.com/s/u7yhyv1bvo0j9rv/2013-06-23%2015.47.42.mp4
If you listen carefully, you can even hear Keith singing “Folsom Prison Blues” in the background! We thought our rain-deprived friends in New Mexico would especially enjoy the video
After the show,we decided to take a little moonlight cruise to watch the Supermoon rise over the water. It was absolutely beautiful, although we don’t have a photo to show off her beauty.
A few days later, we decided to treat ourselves to a little exploring on the St. Johns River. We took off from our slip at Welaka Lodge, and pointed the “Sunset Ride” north to travel about 17 miles to Dunns Creek, which flows into Crescent Lake.
It was a beautiful morning for a boat ride….we saw the usual amazing trees and foliage on the west bank….a vast array of homes and boathouses on the east bank, and the smooth waters of the St. Johns in between.
We also saw some interesting boats on our trip….
We had planned to do a little fishing on the way back to the lodge, but somehow lost our worms on the trip. So, we headed home, happily, since the fish aren’t biting much these days as the river temperature is almost 90 degrees!
Thursday is Pizza Night at Welaka. It’s a casual tradition for the workamper couples and full-time residents. We bring frozen pizzas and side dishes and gather around 6:30 p.m. at the poolside bar, to cook pizzas, eat and enjoy one anothers’ company.
Keith stepped in as the cook of the day and he prepared many a fine pie, as we were all hungry!
We were happy that the weather gave us a break. There had been a big rain earlier in the day, which scared our cat indoors for the afternoon. Here she is, in a rare indoor moment, taking refuge from the thunder.
The cat’s given name is Lola….the sign hung on her cage when I adopted her. But her name soon evolved to Catty Jones, or Jonesie…and Desert Rat Cat when in New Mexico.
Poor cat will never really know her name, as it changes every time we change base camps. Last time we lived in Florida, we dubbed her Gator Bait. But this time around, we decided that she deserved a more nautical moniker….and have dubbed her Catamaranda Jones.
She’s a good sport about the name changes, as long as we have milk, her favorite brand of cat treats, raw chicken, fresh fish or Oscar Meyer ham at the ready!