Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Friday, May 24, 2013


Hi everyone…as you can probably tell from title, it’s Donna writing instead of Sam.  So I’ll give it a shot.

First off I want to highly recommend anyone staying in this area to stay at Florida Gateway Recreational Park in Jasper. It is gorgeous and the staff is super friendly and helpful.  Savannah at check in desk could not have been nicer both on phone and in person. They have just about anything you could want including golf and horseback riding.  Children's play area with a huge inflatable slide, a fishing pond, a beach, shuffle board, volleyball,miniature golf, hot tubs, cabanas etc.  I am a breakfast person, Sam is not, so I went up to their cafe, the chef, yes actually chef was very friendly. For 4.99 I got 2 eggs, 3 pcs of thick cut bacon, grits ( i declined) toast and all the coffee I wanted.  Cooked fresh while I waited and it was very good. Here are a few pics.Fla.GatewayRVPark05-23-3a Fla.GatewayRVPark05-23-3b Fla.GatewayRVPark05-23-3c Fla.GatewayRVPark05-23-3d Fla.GatewayRVPark05-23-3g Fla.GatewayRVPark05-23-3h Fla.GatewayRVPark05-23-13i Fla.GatewayRVPark05-23-13j Fla.GatewayRVPark05-23-13k 

Ok we left here and headed to Paul and Helen’s on the way we stopped at a rest area. I took Riggins on a short walk, saw a sign that said Dog Walk, as we got close we turned around and went the other way.

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Rigg’s wanted to know Doesn’t Florida like dogs ?

Back in the truck and off we went. A few miles up the road thankfully on opposite side of the highway was a bad accident, life flight helicopter had landed on roadway and tons of emergency response people.  The traffic was backed up at least 10 miles, two lane highway and exits few and far between.  Hopefully the people were okay.

We arrived at Paul and Helen’s about 1300. Boy we were all ready to get out of the truck, 2 1/2 days in it was enough. We were greeted at the door by the Tempesta girls, Jodie, Coco, and the most vocal Sandie, if you didn’t know better you’d think you were going to be eaten alive, but the worse than can happen is being beaten by the wagging tails. The girls came out and greeted Riggs, of course Sandie had to snap at him to let him know she was in charge, being the gentleman that he is he accepted that.  In a little while it was into the pool.  They all swam until they were ready to drop.


Paul, Helen, Sandie


Riggs and Coco


Riggs and Jodie


Riggs and Sam

When Riggs was least expecting it when he was outside the pool with his toy, Jodie would come and take it right out of his mouth. Though I didn’t go in pool I got as wet as Sam. Every time a toy was brought me no matter how far away I was the dogs had to wait until they were next to me to shake. 

Helen made us a wonderful dinner, sorry no pics I was too busy chowing down.  Baked ham, mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots and hot biscuits.  Later dessert peach cobbler topped with whipped cream. Hey Helen I wanted to drop a couple of pounds on this trip not put them on. It was all so delicious.

We chatted the whole evening away.

That’s about it for Thursday.

Everyone be happy and safe out there


  1. Your title says Vacation Day 3. Every day from now on is a vacation day. A continuous week of weekends. Enjoy and have fun with your friends.

  2. Sounds like you are enjoying the Florida sunshine...and that park you stayed at looked pretty fancy! Have fun!

  3. So glad to see that there was still some water left in that swimming pool after Sam dived in!! LOL

  4. You wanted to drop a few pounds?? Give me a break! ;)