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Homosassa Camping and Kayaking Weekend

You've heard the stories, you've seen the pictures, now it's time to sign up for my 12th semi-annual Homosassa event.

If you're only going to attend a camping event this year, you won't want to miss this trip. Come for a night, the day or the entire weekend, the choice is yours.

This is the kind of weekend where you'll make new friends and share incredible memories....did I mention a lot of laughs as well?

I've been holding this semi-annual event for the past 6 years and it keeps getting better each time. From drinks around the campfires to an amazing potluck event there's something for everyone.

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. 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 look for manatees and then 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.

Since it's October we'll have a Halloween theme so dress in your favorite costume for our Saturday night potluck dinner.

AFTER 9 WILL BE ADULTS ONLY

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 Rosa's Group so you'll get the discounted rates.

Camping Rates - The cabin rates are normally $120 per night but with our discount it's $100 per night as long as we have 10 or more cabins rented.

Tent sites are $33 and RV sites are $38 per night. If you tell them you're with "Mike's Group" you'll received a $3 per night discount.

Also - If you're a Passport America member, you'll get a 50% discount for your 2 night stay. ($3 per night campground discount doesn't apply when using your PA membership).

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.

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.

This event is being cross posted with several other meetup groups. I've been hosting this event for the past 6 years now and it's always a lot of fun.

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

Since it's October we'll have a Halloween theme so dress in your favorite costume for our Saturday night potluck dinner.

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  • Cathy

    Great location. Kayaking to the head spring and monkey island was a great workout and fun with the group.

    October 6, 2014

  • Dianne G.

    Great weekend!!! Thanks Mike R. for organizing again!

    1 · October 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Decided last minute to drive to New York to see my daughter

    October 3, 2014

    • Mike R

      safe trip Julie....that's one long drive

      October 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      19 hours there two days with her and now were 19 hours back home

      October 5, 2014

  • Matt

    We had a great weekend. Thank you so much!

    October 5, 2014

  • Matt

    We had a great weekend. Thank you so much!

    1 · October 5, 2014

  • Iley D. W.

    Mike, what a great event! Awesome people, perfect weather. Can't wait to do it again. Thanks!

    1 · October 5, 2014

  • Linda S

    Awesome Event.....Thanks Mike! Great to hang out with the Slackers...

    October 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Btw i'm on Site 24X..

    October 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Guys Between the rain and my Mothers to-do "LIST" i be dare @ 2P.M.

    October 4, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    With all the rain are the tent sites dry?

    1 · October 3, 2014

    • Linda S

      Call the campground for specific sites. I'm sure they can find one for you

      October 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to make it. I have site 24x reserved for Sat. only. If someone wants to have it, feel free.

    October 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi David i'd be Happy to take you up on that offer. Thanks Buddy!

      October 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great, enjoy

      October 3, 2014

  • Matt

    I have 1/2 of a camp site open for any interested taker.

    September 26, 2014

    • Rob

      Hi Matt, what are you doing for dinner tonight? We will arrive around 5:30 to 6:00 pm

      October 3, 2014

    • Matt

      Rob I am getting ready to start cooking some brats. I have extras if you are interested.

      October 3, 2014

  • lois v.

    Hello, Mike, sorry to miss this fun--packed week-end, but my children and I are having Tammys Memorial
    Sat. Have fun everyone and know that I will be back asap. lois

    September 30, 2014

    • lois v.

      Thanks, its been a journey.

      1 · September 30, 2014

    • Elizabeth

      Oh, Lois I am so sorry, feel free to call me. You still have number, if not just let me know what time Sat.

      October 3, 2014

  • Rob

    We are bringing pumpkin bread in additional to chicken wings for Saturday night

    1 · October 3, 2014

  • Vicki

    Bringing dessert for the pot-luck on Saturday.

    1 · October 3, 2014

  • Rose A.

    Sorry to cancel but I am sick. I hope all have a great time!

    October 2, 2014

    • Linda S

      Dang....Get better soon.

      October 2, 2014

  • Don T.

    We will bring baked cauliflower for Sat pm.

    2 · October 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not going but Friday night is paid for

    September 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      No one has claimed it. I paid for Friday

      October 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great i Claim it then, just Fwd info and Payment Method. l'm at Miller Creek rd in Crystal River.

      October 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hate, hate, hate…….did I tell you I hate missing this?? I will be flying to Vermont last minute tomorrow morning! I love going, but like more of a heads up! lol
    Off to see the changing of the leaves! HAVE FUN!!

    October 1, 2014

  • Matt

    Is anyone going to be there for a Friday afternoon paddle?

    October 1, 2014

  • Matt

    I will make a sausage with peppers, onion and garlic dish.

    2 · October 1, 2014

  • Cathy

    I will be bringing turkey chili with Mexican cheese topping(optional). I hear it is suppose to get a little cool this weekend and looking forward to a change.

    2 · October 1, 2014

  • Mike R

    I'll be making chicken and mushroom risotto for the potluck as well as bringing a case of bottled water, paper products, etc...

    1 · October 1, 2014

    • Linda S

      I'm bringing a coleslaw ramen noodle salad with sunflower seeds. (Thanks Summer Steele....love the recipe!).

      1 · October 1, 2014

  • Iley D. W.

    I will be bringing Rotel dip and chips, plates,bowls, utensils as well.

    2 · October 1, 2014

  • Matt

    Has anyone heard what the weather is up there? Hopefully not flooded.

    September 29, 2014

    • Mike R

      I talked to the campground late last week....they've gotten rain but according to one of the office people the campground is still in good shape. Watching the weather for the next week, we should be in good shape by the weekend.

      September 29, 2014

  • Iley D. W.

    Thanks Linda, I will see you there. My email is [masked]

    1 · September 21, 2014

    • Linda S

      Thanks...I sent you my email so you can paypal 32.70. Thanks.

      September 25, 2014

  • Paul

    Is kayak trip on Saturday one-way or two-way. If it is one-way and we bring our own kayak, is there someway to get it back to the car?

    1 · September 22, 2014

    • Paul C.

      Is that right Mike?

      September 22, 2014

    • Mike R

      That's correct Paul....there will be different groups going different distances. We will all leave from the marina in the campground. Some will go to just the head springs and back which is the shortest paddle. Some will do the head springs and monkey island and then back to the marina and some will do the "I'm training for the Olympics" and paddle as far as they possibly can....lol

      2 · September 23, 2014

  • Linda S

    Site 42 in the loop willing to share. (Rsvped with Float).

    June 25, 2014

    • Iley D. W.

      Linda if the site is still available, I'm interested. What do I need to do? Iley

      1 · September 20, 2014

    • Linda S

      Just show up and pay half! May have to help me hook up and back up. It will be great meeting you. Send. Me your contact info offline. Some of us are planning in going to homosassa park on Friday.

      1 · September 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, Sam! I'd like to rent a kayak for the trip. Thanks so much!!! --Kathy

    August 30, 2014

    • Linda S

      Usually there are only private kayak rentals you make yourself on this trip, FYI. If I am not mistaken.

      September 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the info! I'll look into it!

      1 · September 11, 2014

  • Mike R

    between the 3 meetup groups attending, we have close to 80 people signed up...should be another amazing weekend....there are still some sites left if you want to join in on the fun.

    2 · September 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just reserved site 26x, I am a newbie so this will be my first meet with the slackers :)

    2 · July 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you

      1 · July 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I might bring my dog ;)

      2 · July 9, 2014

  • Cathy

    I will hook up Sat morning for the kayak trip and tent camping Sat and Sunday night. The resort says it is OK with dog's. Mike is it OK with you?

    1 · June 25, 2014

    • Mike R

      Fine with me Cathy....the only place they won't allow dogs is inside the clubhouse for Saturday potluck but they do allow then on the deck outside the clubhouse which is where a few other members ate last year with their pets.

      June 25, 2014

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