Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas on the Florida Frontier and a Podcast Interview


We finished up the TechnoGeek Learning Rally on Friday night, and since we were not leaving until Monday, we had a couple of days to relax by the pool, play some shuffleboard, and just relax.

One of our fellow rally attendees was John & Kathy Huggins, of Living the RV Dream.  They were interviewing some of the rally attendees to get various opinions of the rally and fulltime RVing, and they asked Nicolas and I would talk to them about homeschooling on the road.  We did, and it was easier than we thought it would be – even fun!


You can listen to our interview at this link (starting at 18:30, and continuing to 29:00), or you can listen to the entire podcast -  the other interviews are good, too!  It’s the TechnoGeek Learning Rally podcast from December 6, 2012.

On the door of the Recreation building, there was a flyer about  “Christmas on the Florida Frontier” being held at Dade Battlefield Saturday night, so we decided to check it out after dinner.  For just $3 for all of us ($3 per car), we listened to music,




watched square dancing, and enjoyed some Christmas treats – wassail (spiced cider) and popcorn over the fire.


We even tried our hands at some craft projects from the frontier days.  Bryce and Tom made tin luminaries out of soup cans,



and Nicolas and I made an authentic “Old Florida” Christmas wreath – with long-leaf pine needles, cedar, holly, and other items native to central Florida.


Our finished wreath looks pretty good – now we just have to find a place to hang it on the RV!

Before we left, we learned about working for the “company store” and harvesting pine tar from the thousands of long-leaf pine trees that covered central Florida.


It was an interesting look into the history of Florida, and a nice way to spend a warm summer (oops – winter!) evening!


  1. You did a great job on the wreath - it's beautiful!

  2. will have to check out the link! and the wreath is lovely! you are so creative!


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