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ke4ljh
SE FLORIDA GATHERING                                         

NEXT WEEKEND!

FEBRUARY 23, 24, 25TH, 2018

Let us know if you are interested with your post!

Donald McDonald Park
12315 Roseland Road
Roseland, Fl

First come first Serve. NO Reservations!

For more information, please call 772-589-0087

Donald MacDonald Ranger's Office also has a Multipurpose Room available for rentals. If we want it.

All camping is primitive. Bring what you need.

26 Camsites. 4 RV sites w/Hookups. Call for availability.

Single campsites $17/ night
Small group campsite $33/ night...Upto 4 tents

The park is mostly empty during the week.

It was mentioned that the group site is usually taken on the weekends. If we get enough people showing interest I will show up early on Thursday to get the group site and we split the cost of the site between us. If we want that site for the group.

Those of you who want to participate let me know as soon as possible your thoughts on the group site. Four tents allowed on the group site.

Over flow will need to get there own site. There should not be a problem getting a site at the last minute according to the park manager.

Nice Bathroom and showers available.

Boat launch w/ access to the intercoastal waterway.
Canoe / Kayak launch..Sebastian River has great fishing/Crabbing right from the park! Great place for night fishing by canoe/kayak or small motor yacht.

No Bears!

Grocery store 10 minutes away.

There is room for small campers and trailers. Just no hookups. You will need to be self contained.

If kids are involved there is a county pool about 5 miles away. Pass Required.

And an Environmental Learning Center for the kids.

There are nearby hiking trails in the adjacent Sebastian River State Park. Take a kayak from Donald Mcdonald Park across the river to the other park. Or one can make the drive by car, about 15 minutes.

The Beach is about a 20 minute drive.

Sebastian Inlet is a great place for fishing day or night. 25 minutes

Stephen - Florida
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jebryson
As long as the park administrators do not object we would like to offer the following itinerary:

Friday     23rd Feb   7:00PM Lantern Burn : Coleman products show and tell
Saturday 24th Feb 11:00AM Open discussion on Knives
Saturday 24th Feb   1:30PM Presentation on amateur knife making
Saturday 24th Feb   4:00PM Fire Starting/Prepping/Making discussion
Saturday 24th Feb   7:00PM Lantern Burn : Coleman products show and tell

The two show and tells do not require Coleman products. If you have something cool related to camping or bush-craft you want to share or asks questions about please bring it.
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ke4ljh
Can we add to the program what is called: "MIDNIGHT BACON"

Cook bacon over a fire or on the stove for a snack with bread or crackers.

Stephen - Florida
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jebryson
WHAT A GREAT TIME.
    This was my first gathering. I had a blast. I had taken some bush craft activities to keep me busy, but never got around to them. This is probably common stuff for most of you, but we played with lanterns, stoves, knives, axes, we talked about ways to light lanterns and stoves, how to remove gas check valves. I was shown how to fix my 425 stove (pump) with oil from my car.
     The camp site was fantastic. It was a primitive camp site but the bathrooms did have showers. I know you will not believe me (I would not either) but there were no bugs. Indian River County must do a great job at mosquito control. I would highly recommend Donald MacDonald park in IRC. If you see Bob (the gopher turtle) tell him Jeff said hello. He came by to visit a couple of times.
    The Coleman 443 aluminum 3 burner stove was a thing of beauty. Not to put down my Coleman lanterns, but I was able to see a BriteLyt 500 candle power lantern. It was truly a thing of beauty. When I got home I went online to check the prices and saw that (in sum cases) beauty has a price.
    Looking for the next opportunity to get together, however I think we figured out that Snowbirds come down every winter and take every available camp site that has electricity and water. Primitive sites may be the only places available.  Still had a great time.
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ke4ljh

Had a great time at the gathering and took many photos. Too many to post but here are a few. Too many to comment on all of them so but a picture says a thousand words.

Hope you enjoy the slide show.

JB finishing up setting up his new home.






JB's 425E, 200A, 220F,  226




Old Town Canoe getting set up for Night Fishing, Britelyt on the bow.




JB's 425E would not pressurize. The cure was found under the hood of his caar.
















Bob the Gofer Turtle Strolled into camp looking for scraps to eat. Yes, he is protected so he had the run of the camp.











Preparing for some night fishing.

Lacing the canoe with para chord so items in the canoe can be strapped and tied down.





Eighth inch holes four inches on center drilled with a hand brace.



This just seemed like a nice photo to include.











Preparing for Campfire Popcorn later tonight.



Making soft boiled eggs and warming a Chicago Roll on an inner lid beneath the upturned pot.



Tarp cover and folding cot to sleep on.



Campfire PopCorn with the Solo Stove fire pit.







At Dusk I hit the water for some night fishing in the South Fork of the Sebastian River with a lantern to guide the way.





Returning to the dock.



Returned to camp with the lantern still attached to the canoe.



The nights fish Catch.



The clean up the morning after fishing.



Lighting up the camp kitchen. Britelyt with DIY aluminium side shade. To control the lights direction to prevent blinding.





Stephen - Florida
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lundmonkey
Thank you for the slide show.  Looks like you all had a great time and I sure enjoyed the pictures.  Here is a suggestion you might want to consider:  When using a lantern for night fishing, you might want to consider wrapping aluminum foil half way around the globe.  It serves as a reflector to keep the light out of your eyes.  I use a model 288 with a red globe inside the boat for visibility without being blinded.
Again, thank you for sharing.


BTW - Where are the Florida slab size crappies??  [sSc_wowoh]
Ed Toner - GA
ICCC #917
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Deanofid
You need to change the oil in your automobile, Stephen!  [rofl]
Dean -Midnight Kerosene Ritualist--http://www.deansmachine.com  ICCC #1220.   275 commiseration #0018.
"In Him was life, and His life was the Light of men."  John 1:4
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Eel
Stephen, that's just lovely.  Thank you for sharing!  I am properly jealous.

EEL Eclectic Lanterns, div.  Doofenshmirtz-EEL Incorporated.

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ke4ljh
Ed,

I had made a side shade for that lantern for that very purpose to keep the light out of my eyes. I made it out of aluminium splashing from the roofing section at the hardware store. You are right on about that. I was so excited to get on the water, I left the side shade in the box....in the truck.

I missed that side shade in the canoe once it got dark, I was blinded by that Britelyt lantern!

That lantern was so bright the mullet were attracted to it like the sun and would run into the canoe, jump over the canoe from side to side, one nose dived into the front of that britelyt lantern. I don't know how the chimney wasn't broken but it survived.

Only the two I showed pictures of actually Jumped in the boat. I did not catch them on rod and real.  The Blue Crab I caught in the crab traps. Four fish in total jumped in the boat due to the britelyt lantern being so bright. The other two were eaten before I though to take a picture. They were caught the first night. The Blue Crab and the other two fish were caught another night.

My 220F has the red globe. You are right about that too. It does not attract bugs and you keep your night vision with that red Globe.

I did not think of that at the time. I had the 288 mounted on the stern and the Britelyt on the bow. The britelyt was running diesel. Good inexpensive fuel. No cheap Kero in Florida.

Thanks for bringing the red globe up.....Next time I'll mount the 220F in the middle of the canoe so I can see and put the side shade on that Britelyt lantern.

For those who have not seen the value of a RED Globe, Here is the 220F with the red globe.

...NO BUGS and as one is able to keep their night vision you really can see just as well once your eyes adjust to lower light conditions of the RED Globe.

Stephen - Florida
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ke4ljh
Fonzy,

I know,  I know change that oil every 3000 miles.

It was someone elses caarrrrr.

Stephen - Florida
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ke4ljh
I just updated some of the pictures.

Hope you enjoy the slide show.

Stephen - Florida
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Archimedes
Great stuff guys.  That's how you do it!  That park is a couple hours from me and I'd love to check it out.  Hope to make the next one - just too jammed up on Saturdays lately..
-John
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dpatten
Dang it!  don't log in for a month or too and you miss all sorts of things.  I'm only a hop skip and a jump from this park!
Dennis the Peasant

ICCC Member #1337 (Thanks Dean!)
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0086

"One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others."
-R.A. Heinlein-
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ke4ljh
John & Dennis,

The weather this time of year is perfect for this. We could do another informal get together at the same park just for fun. The more the better. It's too hot in the summer.

Do either of you have any interest in an informal gathering while the weather is still cool?

That park was so nice! Mosquito Control goes through that park regularly. There were no mosquitos and the weather was perfect. Could not have asked for a better location.

Stephen - Florida
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dave
Looks like a great time!
275 Apreciation Syndicate Member #0019 dave !

COLEMAN, AMERICA'S TOP OF SALES LANTERN IN THE USA!!
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dpatten

ke4ljh wrote:
John & Dennis,

The weather this time of year is perfect for this. We could do another informal get together at the same park just for fun. The more the better. It's too hot in the summer.

Do either of you have any interest in an informal gathering while the weather is still cool?

That park was so nice! Mosquito Control goes through that park regularly. There were no mosquitos and the weather was perfect. Could not have asked for a better location.

 

I'm signed up for the Central Fla. gathering in Christmas,  April 20-22.  So between that and camping this weekend with my kid's 6th grade class I'm probably set for spring camping!  :-) 

 

Dennis the Peasant

ICCC Member #1337 (Thanks Dean!)
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0086

"One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others."
-R.A. Heinlein-
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ke4ljh
LUNDMONKEY,  Ed

You asked where the Florida Slab size Crappy are!

Well, As luck would have it, I know where they can be found as well.

Come and visit me and we'll go fishing.

Bring your red globed 288.


Stephen - Florida
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