Thursday, January 12, 2012

I Need a Crystal Ball?

To know where the manatees are.....because we didn't see any at the few locations on the Crystal River where they are normally seen! But that's probably because we weren't out ON the river....We took an exploratory drive to the Crystal River area today and saw lots of different things....lots of kayakers out looking for manatees, we saw the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge Center, one of the places you can usually see manatees.....But not today...we talked to another guy at a kayaking place, and he said they are all over the place due to the recent cold weather. They have definitely moved inland.

We scanned the area looking for kayaking opportunities and found different package prices for tours and individuals in the area giving tours. My mind is spinning at the moment because I'm getting ready to fly to Detroit to see my sister in two days! So until I decide when and where I might like to kayak, I'm not sure about which one to do......The average ranged from 35-45.00 for three to four hours just for the rental, then a tour fee on top of that.  (Sparky better not be thinking about heading out on her own to save money! worries E.) Haven't decided yet the plan of action, so we'll see......

We also checked out an RV park called the Rockcrusher RV Park, formerly Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park in Crystal River, FL....interesting place...nice park with lots and lots of sites, with a state park or state forest feel to it. Quite a few lots didn't seem to be level...Lots of vegetation, lots of shady spots, and a beautiful screened in pool...Hm-m-m-m, Sparky immediately thought MOSQUITOES and BUGS and FLYING INSECTS.  Seriously, how many times have you seen a screened in outdoor pool? The clubhouse was very small for the size of the park, but they had LOTS of activities going on on the monthly calendar. We didn't check the ratings on it, we just drove in and drove around and out. We would definitely consider staying there.....
pool at Rockcrusher RV Park

Back home we came....saw this guy with his model planes out in the driveway....Listen to me! I'm talking like we are in our neighborhood back in Indiana. But this feels like a neighborhood in a subdivision, it really does. So, I stopped to talk to him for a little bit. He just starting building model airplanes about a year and a half ago. There's a little club of guys here that are working on them.....They were really cool. He had a bigger one in the back of his truck. I asked him how much they run, and he said anywhere from under 50 bucks to upwards of thousands of dollars. He knows a guy that just spent 30,000.00 (!!!!!!) on a MODEL airplane! He said he'd be afraid of crashing the plane with one that expensive! Heck, yeah!! See, Eldy? Aren't you glad I don't have an expensive hobby like that? (And Eldy says, "How do I know how much you've been spending on craft supplies???? How much does yarn cost anyway???") Not that much...... :-) This guy had a jug of fuel sitting outside. He said it was part nitro, like 15%. Nitro, as in NITROGLYCERIN? That stuff is explosive, isn't it? But only with something to get it going.....
This park has lots of talented, interesting people, that's for sure!  Tomorrow, the RV show in Tampa....See you and everybody and their brother there, too!


  1. If you are interested in kayaking invest in an inflatable one. If you read Nick's Blog or RV Dreams they have them. The one we have is the Sea-Eagle 370 kayak. It weighs about 65 to 70 lbs. totally packs away in its own storage bag and stores in our basement storage and inflates in about 7 minutes.

    The best place to get the is through Inflatable Boats for Less. Check it out you might be spending more time with the manitees.

    It's about time.

  2. Not nitroglycerine, but nitromethane, which is used in top fuel and funny car dragsters. The basic formula is CH3NO2. You can see that it has it's own "built in" oxygen molecule, which means it will burn hotter/longer with less need for external air.
    Not to be confused with Nitrous Oxide, (also used to enhance horsepower) since that would be N2O, but that's a whole other kettle of fish.

    Most likely more information than what you wanted to know, but it won't hurt your brain. you won't be afraid of getting 'blowed up' around little airplanes.

  3. Eldo and I are heading back to the RV show today. Have a great day.

  4. Hey Eldo, We are (and have for the past 3 years wintered) at Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park. Your blog leads one to believe that the park has changed its name to "Rockcrusher RV Park". Unless it happened yesterday when we drove down to the RV Supershow in Tampa, it is still Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park. Plus, the reason for the screened pool area is to keep leaves out of the pool-cleaning would be a nightmare their otherwise. If you closely examine the sites there may be some trees, palms etc but each site has a LEVEl 12X40 area for the rv to be parked. I encourage you to come stay with us a while! Then perhaps you'll form more opinions.