(photo by Greg Zimmerman)
What a great time at an interesting place
A weekend of camping, music and making new friends in north Florida
So I'm sitting here parked in the middle of a heavily wooded, somewhat rustic atmosphere (but we do have full hookups), surrounded by probably 100 little fiberglass trailers. It's the Florida Egg Rally and S'More at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in north Florida. This is clearly Florida's premier meeting for people with small fiberglass trailers. As Sherri Magill, the event's organizer would say..."It's a really EGGcelent and EGGstraordinary event!" (she often likes to EGGxaggerate a bit)
Sherri Magill - Organizer of the Florida Egg Rally and S'More
Surrounded by fiberglass trailers...they're everywhere!!!
As we pulled into the campground yesterday, I had the feeling of being invaded by an army of little white spaceships! There were fiberglass trailers parked throughout the entire place. At first glance, most of the other trailers looked like ours. Upon a closer look, however, we discovered a variety of makes and models, many of which I had never seen before.
Throughout the event, most everyone here has opened their trailer up for tours, allowing us to see all the different types and the modifications people have made to them. When we get back home, I'm sure I'll feel the pressure from Fay to make a few enhancements and tweaks to our own little Casita, based upon all the upgrades she's seeing here.
It felt like we were invaded by little white spaceships when we arrived
The fellowship of meeting other campers
Being our first rally, we didn't really know what to expect. We knew we'd meet a lot of people, but didn't realize how the common interest in small fiberglass trailers would bring us all together. It's been really easy to meet others when you can start off talking about how long they've had their trailer, the changes they've made to them, and where all they've traveled. The two wonderful pot luck dinners, along with touring each other's trailers has created plenty of opportunities to get acquainted.
Spending time with like minded travelers - it's what the rally is all about (photo by Melodie Huddleston Zapp)
Learning from others
Each day there have been "Tech Talks". These have been presentations on various how-to tips, as well as information about places people have traveled. It's been a great opportunity to learn helpful hints, and to get ideas of new places to visit. Today there is some open discussion time schedule, which should allow me to ask a few questions about some minor problems I've not yet found the right solutions for.
"Tech Talk" - this one sharing travel experience and destinations
Of course we've had entertainment!
For a music lover or musician such as myself (I played bass in the Grimes Alley Blues Band for a number of years), the evenings have been perfect. There has certainly been time sitting around a fire with informal musicians entertaining us all, but the highlight for me has been the Music Hall here at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. It is a big music hall, with both a large stage and dance floor. The last two nights have had some pretty good bands playing a combination of old rock & roll with a bit of country.
The Music Hall at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
So is this the first of many?
Well, all in all, it's been a wonderful weekend and a great experience. We've met a lot of people and started some great new friendships that I look forward to growing as time goes on. I see that Sherri has posted the dates for next year's event, so I guess it's time to think about adding it to our calendar.
Fay checking out someone else's custom modifications
And the campground itself
While we have thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, I doubt we'll be back here just to camp on our own. We may use it for an overnight stop when traveling, but that's about it until there's another event we want to attend.
Check out our complete review (with more photos of the campground) on the Campground Reviews page of the tinyTowable.com website.