The Sumter Oaks RV Park in Bushnell FL is an unusual park. It’s part of the Escapees family and has a rate system that’s a bit different from other parks we’ve been to, as well as unusual site layout. The property was once a mobile home park, and many of the sites retain features of that former use, including a concrete patio next to the area where you’ll park your rig.
After staying in the NRQZ for a week, we decided we needed to be closer to civilization for a while. If nothing else, we needed a grocery store closer than an hour away. We looked at a few places near Elkins WV and chose to stay at Revelle’s River Campground where we camped in the spot shown above. That’s Fay trying to hide behind that skinny tree.
I went in thinking we’d be in and out in just a few hours, not because I didn’t want to spend a lot of time at Monticello, but because I’d only added up the tours’ durations. I had not sufficiently accounted for wandering around the grounds, taking self-guided tours, enjoying the gardens and views, and musing on the lives and acts that had played out on this land.
Traveling through Arizona in the spring, I fell in love with cacti bearing fruit and flower. The squatty barrel cactus felt friendly, like a waggy dog you meet on a trail. It’s medium sized, companionable, not one to loom threateningly overhead or to hold you at arm’s length. It says, “Sit by me and gaze at the mountain range.”
Wanting to take the cactus home but knowing I couldn’t, I designed a replica to ride on the dash of our motor coach. You can make one too, and enjoy the Southwest wherever you are. The pattern is on Ravelry.