29.01.2017 75 °F
Here we are again at this different and special sort of place.Too bad it started in sheer panic trying to put up the new unfamiliar tent in a sudden rainstorm on a fine white sand campsite! Wet tent wet fly with a frosting of sand on everything! What a start but great to be here.Koreshen,as they call this place has a large real ghost town of a cult that lived and thrived there back in the early nineteenth hundreds.Feeling a bit sad not having my trusty kayak this time but the back and shoulders are still on the mend.this time I have my not so trusty bike which had a big loud blowout five miles into my ride. Luckily for me it was towards the end and only had to carry it a couple miles. Koreshan has its share of wild life. We drove by a land tortoise, heard shrieking sounds of raccoons, and owl plus other menacing sounds. The campsite is very private with plenty of palm trees so when the wind kicked up at night it sounded like rushing water waterfall which provides for a great long sleep!
Setting up camp for the first time during bouts of rain
Neighbor gave us 1/2 of the coconut he just cracked open
Land Turtoise stopping by camp for a short visit
Wonderful sounds coming from the bamboo forest on this windy day
Here is one of the old interesting buildings spread at the compound
"Mary's camping kitchen"
Rough day. I realized I left my crocs at the Hampton inn at Knoxville, so I went to crocs outlet store nearby to get another flip flop...lots of decisions trying on this and that. Got back and John was laying on his cot seemingly down. His bike tires blew out...he says to wait til we get to key west to get it fix. I insisted we do it right away while we can. We found trex bike in the Coconut complex in Estero...Huge shopping place, even bigger than the outlet mall. Luckily got it fixed right away, but we realized John threw my handicapped sticker away at Mcdonalds. So we went there and no luck. I have become attached to it for better or for worse. Didn't have lunch, too much going on...just split an apple and a banana. Got back to the camp ground, rest abit, took a shower. At 5:30 left to go to Fitzgeralds to meet Jan and Gary, our boat friends. Since it was happy hour, I indulged on 2 gin and tonic, John had Guinness. We sat in front of the Irish band. At times, John would play along with his tin whistle. It was a lot of fun. So glad Jan and Gary found this place. It was fun!
Great time At Fitzgerald's with Jan and Gary