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Annual Christmas Campout Weekend

On your own activities and meals Friday.- Saturday afternoon.

Dinner will be at 6pm Saturday evening, so come in plenty of time to get your food set up and enjoy the campfire. Come for the day or the weekend.  Afterwards, we will have our gift exchange following the official regulations as stated by below.

"I nominate Aaron as the Grand Master of the Gift Exchange / & Thievery.  Same rules as in the past.  Those who bring a gift may pick a gift by lottery.  Gifts about $20.00 range/value?  #1 ticket holder goes first and last.  Gifts may be stolen two  (2) times; i.e. may have only three (3) owners in total.  And NO FONDLING of gifts before choosing."

Gifts are usually of the outdoor type, but food, wine, a new mower, are good ideas....

The campsite is private and is right on Ocean Pond.  There is a covered picnic area with electricity and grills.  There are flush toilets and showers.  No electric hookups for campers.  Plenty of tent and hammock space.

Potluck breakfast on Sunday morning, so bring something to share for that if you plan to stay overnight.


Remind me in November that the reservation sheet is in my top dresser drawer.
It has the lock combination!

Planning Spreadsheet

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  • Mike Y.

    I had a great time and enjoyed meeting everyone, looking forward to more activities with everyone. Cary, what are the shovel demands??!!

    2 · December 10, 2013

    • Cary B

      I'm just the middleman. I'll have to talk to the shovelnappers. :)

      1 · December 10, 2013

  • Mary R.

    For those that were asking about Dr Stanley Paris' solo sailboat journey around the world, here is his website. http://stanleyparis.com/
    There is also a FB page called Kiwi Spirit. And the website for the North Florida Cruising Club: http://nfccsail.com/wordpress/ Club members include power boaters and sailboaters and anyone who enjoys being on the water. Meetings are the 3rd Thurs of each month at Amity Anchorage, SR13 south of Julington Creek.

    December 9, 2013

  • Denise M.

    The wine was amazing!!! Note the was part lol. My daughter and I just finished it off. The trail mix is next. Thank you.

    2 · December 9, 2013

    • Leslie

      So glad you both had a good time!

      1 · December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I regret I cannot attend due to being in Bahrain for a year. Have a blast everybody b/c I did when I went this past year =)

    1 · December 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well it's camping season here in Bahrain and I brought my gear =) So I'll be camping in the desert in really cold weather......65 F for a low for a couple of weekends. Thanks for the kindness of putting a log on the fire for me. I hope to see ya'll on the trail sooner rather than later.

      December 8, 2013

    • Leslie

      We'll be here when you get back...stay safe...

      December 9, 2013

  • Kevin & G.

    I want to thank everyone who came. To all the cooks you out did yourselves again. Awesome weekend. Thank you all for the kind words. The trailblazers have be come such a special part of our lives. Your a special group of friends. We may of moved but we will be back a to help. Kevin and Gloria.

    3 · December 9, 2013

    • John "Popski" R.

      It was great to see you both. Please keep in touch and hope to see you again soon.

      1 · December 9, 2013

    • Leslie

      Yes - Glo and Kevin - you will always be a part of our tribe.

      December 9, 2013

  • Joe G.

    For those that were interested. The raft trip/kon-tiki/hippy cause float is tentatively scheduled for 24 may through 1 june. I will keep you posted as the schedule firms up.

    4 · December 9, 2013

    • Leslie

      You should read the book first! Amazing story!

      December 9, 2013

  • Aaron B.

    Excellent weekend from all accounts. Thank you all for your support of the Florida National Scenic Trail. If you have not yet joined The Florida Trail Association please do so. The dues are nominal but essential to the success of our efforts to protect this precious resource. Thanks.

    1 · December 9, 2013

    • Leslie

      Couldn't said it better myself Aaron. Without FTA, I would not have the gang of nuts to call friends! It's the Trail(s) that keep us connected.

      2 · December 9, 2013

    • Leslie

      And thank you for being our Master of Frivolity - excellent job Sire.

      1 · December 9, 2013

  • Mary R.

    Did you count me?

    December 8, 2013

    • Leslie

      of course and Tuscany too

      December 9, 2013

  • Joe G.

    great

    December 9, 2013

  • Barbara

    Great time with some great people. Lots of fun and lots of food!

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • Leslie

    I had forgotten Joel and Kathy! Yes - we had 30. Great group and tons of food and festivities!

    2 · December 8, 2013

  • Leslie

    I updated the Attendance list, but I think I'm missing some. We had 30 at one point. Anyway - another wonderful gathering of good friends, new and old. Remind me next year - I'm camping!

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • Janie

    Every year this Christmas campout gets better.

    2 · December 8, 2013

  • Wendy G.

    This is an awesome group of people!

    4 · December 8, 2013

  • Mark P.

    Barge-a-palooza, lol

    3 · December 8, 2013

  • Jeff G.

    Ah i really wanted to make it but was sick! Glad you're having a great time!

    December 7, 2013

    • Leslie

      Put it on your calendar for next year Jeff! Always the first weekend in December - same place. You'll be able to bring the baby! <g>

      December 8, 2013

  • Mary R.

    turn right over the tracks. Go straight a bit and you'll see Janie's signs to the Landing campsite

    1 · December 7, 2013

  • Mary R.

    go back out to 90, turn right. At the light about a mile down the road youl

    1 · December 7, 2013

  • Mark P.

    Locked n loaded, soon to be open roaded - just leaving beach, ETA 5 pm ... can anyone say bourbon pecan bars...?

    December 7, 2013

    • Mark P.

      Yikes, we lost - at Ocean Pond CG

      December 7, 2013

  • Janie

    There are 12 of us that camped last night. Beautiful looking at the lake this morning. A little warmer than I would like. I put signs out so should be easy to find. Just turn north at the light and then look for the first sign on the right.

    1 · December 7, 2013

  • Mary R.

    Ok, since I can't remember .... is the Landing Group camp well marked from the entrance on 90? I cannot find my map from a few years back. Thanks.

    December 6, 2013

    • Leslie

      yes. head for the ocean pond picnic area and turn right at the group landing sign.

      December 6, 2013

  • Aaron B.

    Mark, you and Cindy come whenever you can. Vanesa has one Santa's helper spot locked up as she is doing the prep work.

    You will have to fight John for the second spot. This is a prestigious appointment and John will not give it up without an appropriate quid pro quo.

    December 6, 2013

    • Mark P.

      but would b happy to 'quid' John if i knew his flavor...

      December 6, 2013

    • Cary B

      We're having calamari? Oh wait. That's squid pro quo.

      1 · December 6, 2013

  • Mark P.

    we are going to try our best to make this one, but not til Sat late afternoon/early evening. my 'winter' Santa beard has re-sprouted, so maybe i can b Aaron's alter-ego 'good Santa,' lol

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • Leslie

    I just called the office. She says you can start setup at 12 noon on Fridday. We need to be out of the campground "noonish" on Sunday. I'm emailing Janie, Mary Alice, and Ski the combination.
    I'm only able to drive over for Saturday afternoon - see you then!

    December 5, 2013

  • Kevin & G.

    We should be there around 2:00 Friday.

    December 5, 2013

  • Mary Alice W.

    If there is a hike on Friday, what time?

    December 5, 2013

  • Mary Alice W.

    With good weather forecast, I may come on Friday. Who is coming on Friday? I think John (with a tent for me to borrow) is coming Friday if someone tells us when the 'gate opens'. Are there any (loosely) planned hikes planned by anyone on Friday or Saturday? Thanks y'all.

    December 4, 2013

    • John "Popski" R.

      Yes, I'll have a tent for you and I'll be there about 1:30pm ish.

      December 4, 2013

    • Mary Alice W.

      I'm aiming at about 3p. I assume you found out that the gate will be open.

      December 5, 2013

  • Denise M.

    I am planning on bringing a clam dip and chips, my mom is coming with me, she is going to bring a cake(she keeps changing her mind on what kind of cake).

    December 4, 2013

  • Jeff G.

    I will be there starting Friday afternoon as well! Unfortunately I'll have to leave Saturday in the morning.

    December 4, 2013

  • Allen J.

    Joe Gardner and I are going to get there Friday about the time the gate opens. We were going to setup and look for a hiking trail anyone that wants to go along are more than welcome to join us.
    We will also bring some firewood with us along with potatoes and some veggies.

    December 4, 2013

    • Cary B

      I'm iffy on Friday now. Have to see how things shake out.

      December 4, 2013

  • Joe G.

    I will be there on friday too. Just need to know when the gate is going to be open

    December 4, 2013

  • Aaron B.

    Kevin and Gloria, as a token of my appreciation for your getting some greens I have ordered a spiral ham from Sonny's which requires no one with expertise in carving. Because of your courtesy you are hereby relieved of your duty as carvers of the holiday ham. Thanks.

    December 3, 2013

    • Cary B

      I happen to be an expert consumer of spiral ham.

      1 · December 3, 2013

  • Janie

    Who is opening the gate on Friday? Leslie this is a reminder if you need to email the combination to me.

    December 3, 2013

  • Janie

    I have plenty of kale in my garden and will bring some for whatever we can use it for.

    December 3, 2013

  • Kevin & G.

    Aaron you are too kind. I feel relieved of the overwhelming
    pressure of a carver.

    December 3, 2013

  • John "Popski" R.

    I'll bring fresh green beans to steam.

    December 3, 2013

  • Mike Y.

    Hi, I'm a new member and planning to come on sat. morning with my dog. I plan to bring a dutch oven chili and will post on spread sheet.

    December 3, 2013

  • Aaron B.

    HELP!
    In looking over the spreadsheet I see that we are a bunch of carnivores. Are there not veggie lovers in the crowd?

    We need some salad, greens , raw veggies with to-die-for dressings, the kind of stuff one will not find at Taco Bell and Mickey D's. Who is going to step up and be counted?

    December 2, 2013

    • Mark P.

      Cindy is a vegetarian or rather a 'pescatarian,'­ so we will bring a meat-less dish.

      December 3, 2013

  • Kevin & G.

    Aaron....we will come through for you! After super human driving around the southeast we'll bring something on the way back from my mom's. We'll get some veggies and "to die" for dressings...whatever that is since you have such a fine palate!

    December 3, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Should I make Gumbo again this year?

    2 · November 4, 2013

    • Eugene

      of course

      December 2, 2013

  • Mark P.

    Looks like we are another Saturday arrival now. I presume the 'ceremony' is Saturday eve? Also, is there a group hike Saturday? If so when and where? Thanks, looking forward to it!

    December 1, 2013

  • Leslie

    I'm coming just for the afternoon and dinner Saturday. Remember to shop online at the FTA Store for your Christmas present.

    December 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does the cAmpground allow dogs?

    November 30, 2013

    • Leslie

      As long as the dogs stay in our campground, they are fine. Once we start walking, dogs will need to be on a leash.

      December 1, 2013

  • Aaron B.

    Denise, we usually serve up appetizers around five. We have chicken wings, meatballs, cheese spread and crackers. If you have an appetizer you like you could bring that or firewood is always welcome. We keep the fire going regardless of the weather.

    I am with Mark. I would prefer cooler weather but no rain is good. Remember that Santa will be there everyone so do not forget the gifts for exchanges.

    As Grand Master of the Dirty Santa Ceremony I hereby appoint my wife Vanesa and that indomitable spirit John as my elves for the occasion.

    2 · December 1, 2013

  • Denise M.

    I put down one guest, but may bring two.

    December 1, 2013

  • Denise M.

    Everything sounds great! Probably will not make if until Saturday:(. I haven't decided what food to bring yet, any suggestions?

    December 1, 2013

  • Ki

    We cannot ask for a better weather; according to weather.com, high 79 with 10% chance of rain; NOAA has mostly sunny with high 80 and low around 57; weatherbug.com has high 77. Did I miss any major weather web?

    2 · December 1, 2013

    • Mark P.

      Hmmm, I'd take 10 degrees cooler! But dry is enuff... : )

      December 1, 2013

  • Mary R.

    Sure hope so since 'ski is bringing Annie and Jack and I'm bringing Tuscany :-) (They did in the past.)

    November 30, 2013

  • Leslie

    Your Thanksgiving dinner has nothing on our spread! Looking forward to seeing everyone - rain or shine.

    November 30, 2013

    • Wendy G.

      Leslie, I am excited to see you all again. I pray the weather is clear and dry this year. See you Saturday afternoon. Hugs, wendy

      November 30, 2013

  • Mary Alice W.

    OK, I'll bring napkins, wine/beverage cups, plates, paper towels, garbage bags (anything else I forgot?) and a dessert/snack, cookie-brownie bars, if they aren't on the spreadsheet when I check now.
    John, thanks for the tent offer. I think this is the better option than my car!!! When are you arriving? I am spending Saturday night for sure.

    November 22, 2013

    • John "Popski" R.

      I'll be there Friday so let me know by Thursday if ya want me to bring a tent and sleeping mat for you too. Our friend Suzy is coming again this year and I'm bringing a tent and mat for her.

      November 25, 2013

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