Homosassa Camping and Kayaking Weekend

                            Homosassa Camping and Kayaking Weekend

Come join us for an amazing weekend in Homosassa. I've been hosting this trip for 5 years now and it's the kind of weekend where you'll make new friends and share incredible memories....did I mention a lot of laughs as well?

We've been holding this semi-annual event for years and it keeps getting better each time. From drinks around the campfires to an amazing potluck event there's something for everyone.

Each camping event we change the theme for the weekend.....this trip it will be a Halloween theme since it's mid October so get creative with your kayak and don't forget to wear your favorite costume to the potluck dinner on Saturday night.

Think of this weekend as your own little club med vacation, no hard schedules, or deadlines...you participate in what you'd like and do what ever you want (as long as no major laws are being broken...lol)

Friday - As usual people will be arriving at various times. I will be there as soon as I can Friday morning. Friday will be an open unscheduled day. If you get there early you can try one of the many local eateries such as Riverside Crab House, Yardarm Lounge & the Monkey Bar for lunch.

Friday Night - We will have a group camp fire in the tent loop area a few hours after sunset. This place is quite large so please feel free to stop past and introduce yourself.

Bring on the lawn games. I'm sure Brad will have his life-sized Jenga set. You haven't played Jenga until you've played it life sized. I'll bring the ladder toss and a bean bag (cornhole) game.

We'll also have plenty of music and possibly a karaoke machine going, you never know with this group.

AFTER 9 WILL BE ADULTS ONLY

Saturday morning breakfast - The clubhouse offers a breakfast on the weekend, with good food and great prices.

Saturday morning paddle - After filling your belly we'll launch between 9:30 and 10:00 am at the marina/boat ramp inside the campground. Since we always have such a large group we won't have any "organized paddles". In the past few years we've found informal smaller group paddles work best and members typically pair up according to their paddling styles and experience levels. We'll have the olympic group that will do the 20 mile paddle out to the gulf and back to the beginner group who just want to go to the springs and see Monkey Island.

Saturday lunch is on your own. There are many places and campsites to choose from and enjoy.

Saturday evening Potluck - There will be a pot luck dinner at 5:30 pm in the clubhouse. Please bring a food dish to share. It does not have to be large. We will not be using the kitchen portion of the club house and we will have to clean up after ourselves. We are all responsible adults. BYOB of course. After the potluck we'll head back to the tent loop for a large campfire and some music and festivities. If you have any lawn games, be sure to bring them along.

AFTER 9 WILL BE ADULTS ONLY

Please post on our discussion forum by CLICKING HERE what you plan on bringing for the potluck.

Sunday - Breakfast at the clubhouse. For those who'd like to paddle, please feel free to do so.

Rates and Reservations

THE CAMPGROUND - Welcome to Nature's Resort Homosassa, Florida "Come Stay where the Manatee Play"

Map & Directions - CLICK HERE

You can call[masked] to make your reservations. Since I booked the group reservations, please be sure to tell them you're with Mike's Group so you'll get the discounted rates.

Camping Rates - The cabin rates are normally $130 per night but with our discount it's $100 per night as long as we have 10 or more cabins rented.

Tent sites are $25 and RV sites are $30 per night.

Nature's Resort is located in historic Homosassa Florida home of many fresh-water springs, rivers, wildlife parks and the famous Homosassa Manatees. Nature's Resort is just 90 minutes North of Tampa and St. Petersburg directly off of U.S. HWY 19. Nature's Resorts secluded 97 acres scenic resort is a camper’s dream. They are located on the Halls River which allows direct access to The Gulf of Mexico.

NOTES -If you are looking for a quiet camp site please tell the front desk when making your reservation. The loop is usually the busiest place and the spot where the disco ball shines every night. There are a few small hotels in the area that you can get a room at if camping or cabins are not your style.

Kayak Rentals - You are responsible for making your own rental reservations, you can try Sweetwater Kayaks or you can also check with the campground to see what sort of kayak rentals they have. Either way, don't wait to book your kayak rental as they go FAST!!!! You can also give Riversport Kayaks in Homosassa a call, their information is 5297 South Cherokee Way Homosassa, FL[masked] (352)[masked] or Toll Free (877)[masked]

THE NECESSARY - You will need to bring your own water, sun screen, bug spray, towel, hat, water cannon, money, snacks and any other item you think you might need for a weekend trip. Remember to hydrate before you hit the water. It is your responsibility to have all of the required safety equipment aboard your vessel. Wear proper foot protection, flip flops are unacceptable for kayaking but look great at the restaurant and party.

Everybody will be responsible for making their own travel and lodging arrangements.

We also need firewood. Please make a post on the message board if you are bringing firewood.

This event will be cross posted with other Meetup groups in the area as always so we'll have a very large turnout.

NOW FOR THE FINE PRINT - Please remember to drink responsibly. We're all adults in the group and we expect everyone to behave like one.

Speaking of adults, children are allowed to attend the daytime portions of the group events and also the potluck dinner.

After 9 PM it's adult time at the public gatherings such as the party in the loop and the bonfire. I know we're all responsible parents and we wouldn't want our young children being exposed to adults who are trying to relax and have a good time and may swear a little bit or tell a funny adult joke. The term children applies to anyone under the age of 18 or anyone who can't act that age...lol... We haven't had problems in the past years so I'm sure everything will be fine this year.

*** Remember that cabins and campsites go fast. Do NOT wait to book yours if you really would like to attend this trip.***

I have site 32X located in the loop. The area around my site is typically loud so if you're looking to go to sleep early or a quiet place to relax....make sure you don't get sites 36X, 38X or 40X....I can tell you right now, those sites will be noisy.

Please post on our discussion forum by CLICKING HERE what you plan on bringing for the potluck.

This event is being cross posted with several other meetup groups. I've been hosting this event for the past 5 years now and it's always a lot of fun.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time, thanks Mike!

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Mike, Thank you very much for organizing this great event. All of the Slackers who attended had a great time. We look forward to the next great Slacker Adventure you want to organize.

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • Mike R

    It was a great weekend...made a lot of new friends, had a fun paddle on Saturday and of course the potluck and drinks after were fantastic.

    October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mike, great job organizing this again! I had so much fun!

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • David W.

    Great time! Thanks again!

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Nona

    Awesome!

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Linda W.

    VERY awesome!

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys got held up by work couldn't make it

    October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have fun tonight! :)

    October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have not gotten my camp site yet. I am only staying Friday night and my tent is very small. I can share a site the one night. Let me know.

    October 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes! Thank you! I can pay for half and have an extra tent if you need one. I will see you tomorrow :-)

      October 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey, I found a site with the group in the loop. I am paying for it right now at the country store office. Thank you for offering to share your site though.

      October 18, 2013

  • Ross C.

    Have 34X reserved for Fri & Sat if anyone wants it. Paid $30.52 deposit, asking for same. Have a company party in Tampa on Oct 19. Still want to go kayaking Sat, but will not be camping.

    September 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Ross. Is you site still available? I may need one for Saturday.

      October 18, 2013

    • Ross C.

      Sorry Kathleen, but Bruce took it. Maybe you can share a site with someone.

      October 18, 2013

  • Mike R

    I'll be bringing a tray of ziti, cups, plates, napkins and some utensils.

    October 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      A dessert of some sort since I may be arriving late on Saturday :)

      October 17, 2013

    • Rob

      Hi Mike, Craig and I will bring whatever you all are short on for the pot luck. I will check in with you Saturday early Afternoon to see what you need from Publix.

      October 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How do I reserved campsite? I am only staying Friday night.

    October 16, 2013

    • Mike R

      Just give the campground a call or you could also find another camper who's looking to share their site.

      October 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Steve and I have prepaid for 2 bundles of firewood at the camp store. Mike, since they close at 5, I've told Sue (at the store) to give you the bundles when you check in today.

    October 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello
    I see that Friday, the 18th is a full moon.
    any chance of an evening / night paddle ?

    October 14, 2013

    • Mike R

      In the past we've had a decent sized group paddle during the full moon so I'm sure there will be plenty of paddlers interested.

      October 15, 2013

  • Nona

    Looking to share a campsite outside the loop. Anyone got room?

    October 15, 2013

  • Alex G.

    Does anyone have a campsite to share?

    August 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      did you find an opening?

      October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Mike. Hope you have a spot open up for Sat-Sunday. It sounds like a blast.

    October 13, 2013

    • David W.

      Hi Mike, Thank you for putting on this event. Is it ok that I show up Saturday morning to kayak with the group?

      October 13, 2013

    • Mike R

      Sure it is David

      October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since I am new to the group and live right near there is it OK to drop in, maybe at the campfire, to meet everyone?

    October 8, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Absolutely / Come by and introduce yourself to the group

      October 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any info on whether dogs on leashes are welcomed I travel and kayak a lot with my chihuahua

    October 2, 2013

    • Mike R

      They are welcome but they don't allow them in the clubhouse for the potluck

      October 2, 2013

  • angel

    Kayak rentals are available right there at the resort and they charge $40 for the whole day. Mini-cabin ia $120 a night, I am not sure if it has a fridge and how many beds inside 'cause I forgot to ask when I called the resort. They will give a discount at checkout ($100/nite)

    August 28, 2013

    • angel

      I was looking for Sam's name on the list but it looks like he is not coming. I'd rather rent from him, it's cheaper too

      August 30, 2013

    • Sam G.

      I'll be there but probably not camp

      September 2, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Madison, Santo, Bob W. and Suzi
    Thanks for signing up for this event but you need to pay the ten dollar ($10) yearly dues in order to participate in Slacker activities.
    You can sign up on PayPal on the Slackers home page or by making other payment arrangements with me.
    If your dues are not paid in one week I will have to remove you from the event.
    Sam

    August 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Sam, thanks for the reminder. Just took care of it.

      August 29, 2013

  • Nancy

    Is it an easy paddle.

    August 16, 2013

    • Mike R

      Hi Nancy....there are typically several groups that paddle together...there's an easy paddle, medium paddle and the "I'm trying out for the Olympics" paddle...so people can pick the one that works best for them.

      August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love this area so glad this has been posted. Great photo shoot here of wild life.

    August 14, 2013

  • Ross C.

    I just reserved # 34.

    August 13, 2013

  • Linda W.

    Rich, What section would you recommend for tent camping?

    August 13, 2013

    • Linda W.

      What is "the loop"?

      August 13, 2013

    • Mike R

      if you go to the campgrounds website and look at the park map you'll see there's a loop of campsites on the right hand side of the map that's where a lot of people stay from the group

      August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let me know what to bring for others.

    August 12, 2013

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