One of the joys of the vagabond life via motor home; you never know what is next on the horizon. This is the year of the COLD — featuring record setting winter weather up and down the eastern seaboard reaching to the depths of Florida.
Luck was with us when we called our dear friends, the Topfs and were able to camp for two nights in their lovely campground at Deer Creek in central Florida.
The first night there we attended a concert in their clubhouse featuring the HARMONICATS, retro back to the 40’s when they became famous for playing every size and vocal range of harmonica with alacrity and skill. They played for well over an hour, and did not seem to tire, even though they are in their late 60’s to late 70’s.
That not being enough of a treat and surprise, the next day, we visited a National Historic landmark called Bok Tower Gardens. Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. designed the gardens. This singing tower features a grand carillon and we arrived just in time for the daily concert. The sound is bright, crisp and beautiful. The tower is on a knoll about 342’ above sea level, the highest point in central Florida. see their website; http://www.boktowergardens.org/ Edward Bok was quite a Humanitarian and edited the LADIES HOME JOURNAL for 30 years. It is worth a visit to the web site to learn more about him and this memorable landmark on the web site.
There is more; it was hard to leave this wonderful place but they closed at 5PM. We drove to dinner through an area that is “old Florida,” featuring old tree and shrub growth, old buildings with character, lakes, ponds, Spanish Moss and lacking the big boxes, chain restaurants and gated communities. The GPS led us to CHERRY POCKET FISHING CAMP. It is just that; a rustic area where fishing boats line the dock, old trailers and motor homes, trucks ,vans and rustic buildings form a haven for “fisherfolk” and a wonderful restaurant in a large, shack-like building that is as welcoming as a pair of old, favorite slippers.
Vegetarians rejoice, I called ahead and was assured that each dish was made to order and I could indeed find something on the menu that was free of anything none vegetarian and indeed I did. The menu is large and our friends were all very happy with their large portions of gumbo, fish tacos, fish sandwiches, grouper dishes, and more., I had a salad and cheese. mushroom quesadilla. We left very full, happy and in good spirits. What a great day, spontaneous and full of good friendship, shared memories and great cheer.