Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Recap By Lynn Morri April 2019
This was a beautiful park located about 25 miles east of Gainsville, Fl. Outside the park is State Rd 21 where you can drive going south about 25 minutes to find stores – Harvey’s (groceries), Ace Hardware (propane), Dollar Tree, Walgreen’s, etc.
Early birds (Willie and Lynn), arrived Wednesday and checked out Tangled Oaks winery in Grandin on State Rd 100. After free wine tasting – and making a purchase, they continued to the town of Melrose and discovered two local favorites for dinner – Fryer’s Chicken (great for take-out) and Blue Water Bay (good seafood). They tried and recommend both places.
Friday evening the rest of the Pot Luck Campers began to arrive and at 7pm congregated at Willie and Lynn’s site for Meet & Greet night. There were approximately 15 people with newbies Richard and Diane (aka DiRich). The evening was too warm for a fire so we just enjoyed the pickins, beverages and chit-chat until about 10:30pm.
In the heat of Saturday afternoon with temps in the upper 80's - Denise, Robert, Rob & Sharon went for a bike ride to Little Lake Johnson where they saw "brave?" "foolish?" people swimming (aren't there gators in that lake?). Later on - Denise, Robert, Rob and Sharon walked down 84 steps (the Ravine Stairway), saw a crystal clear spring and continued on a trail leading to a site where there was once an old mill. Think they were trying to exercise for us all!
At 6pm, under a sky that alternated between clouds and sun, campers began to arrive with their prepared dish to share with all and once again gathered at Willie & Lynn's campground site to begin the festivities. Thank you Harry for visiting that winery and bringing back some wine!
Sunday started off warm, windy with a threat of a storm later in the day. Some campers packed it up and departed but others stuck around for movie night at Rob & Sharon's campsite. It was a good day to do a short hike so once again Robert, Denise, Sharon, Rob and this time Willie and Lynn, hiked the Loblolly Loop trail. Along the way they met up with fellow potluck camper Gordon walking his 2 dogs. After the hike it was time to return to our campsites to wait for Sunday night's surprise movie at Rob & Sharon's campsite - weather permitting.
Sunday night 8 people were ready to sit, relax and view the movie outdoors but Mother nature had other plans. After waiting under the awning for about 5 minutes, Sharon decided to bring movie night indoors. In the dry, cool, comfort of Rob and Sharon's rv, everyone enjoyed drinks, cheese,crackers, popcorn and Sunday night's surprise movie - "The In-laws."
Much thanks to all the Potluck campers for making our April 2019 Potluck Camper's meet a delicious success! Also - a big welcome to our new members - Ron & Raz and Richard & Diane (aka DiRich!).
Hope to see you all again soon!