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Cable TV and Camping in state parks

We left Okeechobee FL this morning, heading north. Not very far north, we are forty-five minutes above Jacksonville FL at Crooked River State Park in St Marys GA. We’ve camped here a couple times previously and thought we knew what to expect. So we were very surprised to learn we would tonight be watching the NCAA sweet sixteen game between UNC and Marquette on cable tv. I mean, how many times will we run into cablevision in a state park?

All we needed was broadcast reception for any CBS affiliate so we had checked out a Jacksonville FL and an Atlanta GA CBS station, hoping they would get their digital signals into this small coastal community somehow. Debbie asked the state park volunteer, as we were checking in, “Can we pick up CBS here?”

The park volunteer responded, “We have cablevision.”

Debbie thought she meant the park hosts have cable and maybe don’t know what other campers do or don’t have. I felt like the woman was telling us the sites have cable. We asked, “You mean the sites have cablevision?” And the answer, so cool for us, is yes.

Two years ago we were through here and staked out a seat at Trolley’s downtown St Marys for the Tarheels game in NCAA tournament. Gosh, maybe we should have asked about cablevision then? We’re sitting in front of the television now watching early minutes of the Tarheels against Marquette’s Golden Eagles. It’s going well so far, we can only hope.

Our friends know we rarely even unpack our television and then usually just to watch a movie. And then to be able to hook up to cablevision for this NCAA sweet sixteen game?

This is as great as it is unusual. Who’d of thought we’d find cablevision in a state park? And to have it for this sweet sixteen game? Oh yeah, Go Tarheels!

Jim and Debbie

P.S. Sorry about the dookies against Arizona yesterday, huge loss. We’re hoping for better for us tonight.

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Go HEELS! UNC 81 – Dook 67

The UNC Tarheels are outright champions of the ACC men’s basketball regular season after a decisive victory over Dook U (no longer #4 nationally) last night in Chapel Hill.

The Tarheels kept Dook from scoring in the paint last night, forcing Dook to shoot from outside.  Dook missed 21 of 27 three-pointers, shot only 35% FGs, and was out-rebounded by Carolina.

Go HEELS!

Jim and Debbie
(a couple of Tarheels)

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Exodus phase of the snowbird cycle

Our Rally Flag

Our Rally Flag

First, GO TARHEELS! Our team beat the scrappy Villanova kids last night and will face Michigan State tomorrow evening for the final NCAA men’s basketball championship. One more game. . .

When would you leave 80 degree weather for 35 degree Winter? We’re fascinated by the commotion as the snowbirds flocked north from this and neighboring resorts. Every day we see several motor homes and fifth wheels heading northward on US Hwy 441. Estimates wildly vary but we’ve read more than one million people each year return the snowbird winter havens in FL, TX, and AZ to migrate to cooler places. And tomorrow we will join the parade although only for a two hundred mile relocation.

This seasonal diminishing of population reminds us of life (a long time ago) in our university town through the summers. Many businesses stayed open through the summer despite the students’ absence. And our payoff was access to restaurants anytime we wanted without any queues. The town quieted, traffic disappeared, and we had the run of the place for a couple of months. Then the students, and queues, returned as the cycle continued.

Church last Sunday had almost a half-dozen pews empty after being nearly full throughout the past several months. The flea market booths were mostly unattended after church, and the ones still operating were selling their goods at 1/2 price to the few remaining customers.

All bundled up and no one to take them anywhere

All bundled up and no one to take them anywhere

We’re feeling a bit deserted. People are wrapping their golf carts, their cars, their stuff, pulling the yellow chain across their driveways, and disappearing. The mantra becomes, “Will I see you, in September?” (apologies to Shelley Fabares). Resort occupancy seems to be down from nearly 100 percent to less than 65 percent now. And last week seemed to be the big exodus week although we just don’t see it.

Inactivity Board

Inactivity Board

This activity board tells part of the story: a few weeks ago it was completely filled with 8.5 X 11″ notices of weekly and special event activities, updated weekly. The only remaining notices are for standing weekly card or table games. Exercise classes continue throughout the year, but horseshoes, shuffleboard, golf leagues, dance classes, petanque, pancake breakfasts, weekly hamburger lunches, and the theme dinners are gone until at least October. The participants and volunteers have evacuated. And this park’s population is on its way to less than one-third of peak occupancy.

This park’s year-rounders are already feeling the change. The swimming pool and shuffleboard courts are quiet and available. Most of the remaining snowbirds migrate by April’s end. And although we’re only heading a couple hundred miles north, we’re leaving tomorrow morning. We’ll go to St Augustine for an Easter Rally, then south a few miles to a FL state park for a week then northward slowly to our Region 3 Rally in south GA. See you down the road!