Left home (Otway NC) at 5:30 AM Friday and got the Sante Park about 11 AM. Rev, Cap Smiley and a couple of others had beaten me there.
Found a place and set up my hammock along with some others for people to play with. Except for the gnats it was a great site for a hammock hang. Took a walk down to the lake a couple of times to swim and cool off. The water felt good.
Rev held a scavenger hunt for free raffle tickets and one of the items was for a picture of your pet. Someone whose name I will not mention produced a picture of his girlfriend as his PET. Guess what her trail name is now ?
For Friday dinner, a bunch of us went to the Lone Star BBQ joint. Decent BBQ, good fried chicken, ribs that had meat falling off the bone. Good stuff. I think I went back 3 times. If they had used mason jars instead of plastic cups it would have been perfect. Got the wife a T Shirt.
While I set up my UQ, I did not use it Friday night as it was too warm.
Saturday I took my Mt Bike out and did a little trail riding. Found lots of spider webs and saw one red headed woodpecker. Got back and took a dip in the lake to cool off.
That afternoon we got introduced to the shower police (we called them something else). Gadget and I think it was Doc went to take showers at the individual camp site area as there are no showers at the group camp sites. Gadget was accosted by the camp host who told him he was not allowed to use the showers. Later the camp host came over on her golf cart to tell us “that the Ranger” has told her to tell us that we were not to use the showers. Rev was very polite and told her we would wait to hear it from the Ranger. I was not there when the Ranger did stop by but the Ranger said we could use the showers. (When I drove thru the individual camp sites to check them out Sunday AM, about 80% of the sites were empty so overuse was not an issue)
Saturday after noon a bunch of us went to play in the lake and hunt alligators. We did not find any alligators but we did play battle ship and “sunk” Junebugs kayak. I think we spent about 3 hours in the water as it felt good and because there were no bugs out there. Not sure about the others but I know I got a good sunburn.
The raffle was a success and Capt Smiley wore his new “do”. I won a few items, wanted to get that new Wilderness Logics Summer UQ but it is not meant to be as someone else got it. So just want to say thanks to all the folks who contributed prizes for the raffle.
Decided to take a nap and woke up trying to figure out what that strange sound was and I realized it was rain hitting my tarp. Got up and had dinner and went back to bed. I was wore out from playing in the lake. Woke up about 4 or 5am feeling some CBS so I reached under my hammock to pull my UQ into position ( had set it up pushed off to one side in case I needed it) only to find out that it had slipped and I had to get out of my hammock to reposition it. Instant warmth, went back to sleep.
Got up about 8 and broke down camp. Rained just hard enough during the night to to be a pain but I stayed dry so its all good. When leaving, I had just gotten on the main park road when 3 deer walked across the road in front of me
Got to meet lots of hangers that I only know from the forum and a couple of brand new hangers for whom this hang was their first time in a hammock.
A big thanks to Rev for putting on a very successful hang. I think next year you will need more space.
I will be posting some pictures when I find where I put my camera/
Last edited by gunner76; 09-10-2012 at 06:46..