Home Is Where We Park It:  Suwannee River State Park

Date:  April 27, 2019

A Big Shout Out To All Who Helped Us Out

Hello World!  What a beautiful day we awoke to.  Mild temperatures, a clear blue sky, and not a thing in the world we had to do.  Today was a day to just kick back and catch our breath after the excitement and all the running around we did the past several days.

First a big shout out to our RV neighbors Walt and Lynn who when they heard the awning snap came running to see what had happened.  When they heard I had cut the end of my finger off they immediately located the nearest hospital for us.  Then as we were leaving they heard Marti inside barking and they took responsibility for looking after him.

Next big shout out goes to the medical staff at Shands Medical Staff in LIve Oak.  They were absolutely fantastic from the moment we walked in.  Ryan the nurse practitioner

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was first class and knew his  stuff.  He was the one who sewed the tip of my finger back on.  The next day at the VA hospital they all said it was amazing what he had done.  They gave him a “10” for his work.

Another big shout out goes to the staff at the VA hospital in Gainesville,  Florida.  I was

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sent there for further evaluation.  Never in the past have I had such a positive experience at a VA facility.  We were told to go to ER and ask for Dr. Cody.  That we did and just like that things were put into motion.  She saw me almost immediately, reviewed the X rays and stated the best thing would be to just splint it and let it heal on its own.  Fine by me.  Next, down to therapy to get a splint.  One, two, three and that was done.   In a month this should all be just a memory.

The last shout out goes to the Park Staff.  We were supposed to move the next day since our site was booked by someone else.  But, we couldn’t go anywhere.  What now?  They had us move to an ADA site and told us to stay as long as we needed to.  Fantastic!  And to boot, in this fully shaded spot we found one hole in the trees and, yes, got Dish to work.  Now imagine that.

Now what have we learned from all this?  Well, know where your fingers are at all times.  And if something jams think things through first before taking any action.  Another important lesson, know where the local hospitals and VA clinics are when you get to a new site.  These are hard lessons we will not soon forget.

Have our travel plans changed?  Modified a bit but not changed.  We’re still on track according to our Master Plan.  For the next few days I’ll do some hiking around the park, fiddle with a few things on Graybeard, and readjust our next couple of stops.  In so many words, I’m not about to let this slow me down.

Thanks again for traveling along with us.  We’ll keep you posted as we go along and things continue to unfold.  Till tomorrow, take care.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s occupants, four paws and two humans.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before

See you on down the road





  1. Aren’t these nurses and doctors invaluable? So glad we have young people there for us, when we older people do dumb things. Well, it is lesson learned and go forth. Glad you had help. Regardless of what we hear, there are alot of good people in the world. Take it easy for a while.


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