Our first rally for 2021.
Nestled amongst the silver oaks and yes, rolling hills of Brooksville, FL is Sertoma Youth Ranch. We have rallied here before, but this time we have the place to ourselves! Plenty of room to safely distance, with cows and horses as our neighbors.
Nearby is the best of the Withlacoochee Bike Trail, the Chinsegut Conservation Center and trails, wineries, breweries, and the likes of the Florida Cracker Kitchen. Within the hour you can be kayaking the Weeki Wachee or the Chassahowitzka River, better known as the Chaz. The new “Mermaid Trail” is Brooksville’s latest addition to Main Street. Last time we visited, Deb Oppel organized a thrilling game of Pickle ball in the pavilion.
If you haven’t registered, please do so by using the sign up form on our website. You do not need to reserve with the campground; you will pay up when you arrive by check or cash, collected by the rally host.
The camping fee is $30 per night for water and electric, with a dump station available. It is a first come, first serve so arriving on Thursday between noon and 3 ensures a good spot.
We will kick off the rally on Thursday at 4:00 with a happy hour, where we will share all you need to know about our weekend and the activities in store. Weather will determine our agenda, and Covid safety protocols will be in place. This is a rough sketch of what we have planned.
Please join us.
Maryanne and Mike Swegles
7:30-9:00 Stick-to -your ribs Oatmeal bar.
Leave for hike by 9:45. Pets have to stay behind.
10:30-12:00 FWC-led nature hike at Chinsegut Conservation Center followed by a brown bag lunch at the center. 23212 Lake Lindsey Rd., Brooksville. Or, go into Brooksville, many lunch options.
2:00-4:00 Chinsegut Hill Manor historic home visit. If you would like to make a reservation to tour the inside of the historical home, please visit their website and chose your time. The grounds are beautiful, and if you prefer to stay outdoors, it is still well worth the visit, especially for photography buffs.
4:00 Happy hour following back at the ranch, “It’s 5:00 somewhere”.
5:00 Dinner : Fajitas and Margaritas
8:00-10:00 Chef Krabel’s famous Shrimp and Grits.
11:00-1:00 Yard sale! Time to clear out the excess after the holidays. See Chris Allen’s article about the Fisher House in our newsletter for more info.
1:00-2:00 Lunch provided by SkyMed
3:00-4:00 group walk around the grounds and a pick up Pickleball game.
4:00 Happy Hour
5:00 Dinner on your own. Brooksville has some great outdoor and take-out dining options, and breweries, and you will find a list in your goody bag, so be sure to attend our first happy hour. You can even dine where Elvis went at the retro Coney Island Drive Inn.
9:00 Biking the Withlacoochee Trail. We will do, as a group, the Floral City to Inverness and back. Many great outdoor lunch options (Stumpknockers!) in town, or bring a bagged lunch. Susan and David Poole will lead this excursion.
OR Hike the Brooks ville Mermaid Trail and visit Florida Cracker Kitchen and store. The Sparacia Witherell Winery is another place to spend an afternoon.
4:00 Yappy hour, leashed pets are welcome.
5:00 Dinner on your own. There are a few outdoor dining options in Brooksville, listed below, and if a drive over to the gulf for seafood is of interest, there are many “tiki bar” open air places with good seafood.
Joker games and campfires every night we can!
Remember to wear your mask when necessary
Great article on things to do
“A day trip to Florida’s Kitchy Adventure Coast”
- Florida’s Adventure Coast: http://floridasadventurecoast.com/articles/brooksville-road-trip/
And more links to peruse.
- Jot Em Down Store: https://www.jotemdownfl.com/
- Richloam’s General Store: http://www.richloamstore.com/
- Brooksville: http://hernandochamber.com/
- Coney Island Drive-Inn: https://www.famousfootlongs.com/
- Boyett’s Citrus Attraction: https://www.boyettsgrove.com/
- Florida Cracker Kitchen https://www.floridacrackerkitchen.com/
- Deep South Family BBQ (outdoor seating, but no website)
- NJOY distillery https://www.wildbuckwhiskey.com/
- Marker 48 Brewery https://curbside.marker48.com/
- Chinsegut Hill Historic Site https://tampabayhistorycenter.org
- Tidal Brewing https:/tidalbrewingfl.com
- Sparacia Witherell Family Winery http://sparaciawitherellfamilywinery.com
Presidential thoughts on Rallying safely:
You are ultimately responsible for your own safety.
If you do choose to rally, if you feel what you are experiencing during the rally is unsafe, remove yourself from the situation or express your concern and see if the group you’re meeting with will adjust their behavior to where you feel safe. Our focus this rally is on providing outdoor activities only.
Follow all Club, R/V Park, local community & state rules/regulations/policies regarding Covid 19.
Respect how others protect themselves. For example we’re comfortable and feel safe being unmasked out of doors hiking with a few friends, however we wore masks as we hiked with friends out of doors in Massachusetts, as the natives were doing.