Our Neck Of The Woods


There’s been a lot of confusion here about where Danny and I live and work. It’s is a bit complicated. I talk about us working at Lake Kissimmee State Park , Rolling Meadows Ranch and even at Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park. I also mention Catfish Creek ,the Creek. I mention living at the park and RMR .It’s all true. So here’s a bit of the story:
In  November 2006, I moved to Florida from Colorado. Danny and I moved out of the house his Dad had built when he was a child. He lived in Haynes City all of his life. We bought a 5th Wheel and moved to Camp Mack Fishing Camp…..Camp Mack Road, Lake Wales. It’s right across from Lake Kissimmee State Park. Danny was working at Bok Tower Gardens at the time.

February 1, 2007, Danny got a job as a Park Ranger at Lake Kissimmee State Park (LKSP) I started volunteering right away although not full time.   On August 4, 2007, we moved the RV across the street to LKSP and lived in what is called Day Use Area. I was Campground and Day Use  Host….Among many other things.  FULL TIME and then some..We lived there until December 2008.

We moved over to Rolling Meadows Ranch.  (3 miles from the Ranger Station) It was a SOD FARM till the state took it over 6 years before. The Sod people totally moved out January 4, 2009. We remained in the RV until the Cracker House was Gutted and remodeled. (Part of the kitchen was left as it was. ( wanted the CABINETS.) We worked on the house for  almost 4 years. We moved into the Cracker House and out of the RV in September 2011. It was not totally finish. Not by a long shot. We also needed the RV to cook in, etc. for months.

Lake Kissimmee State Park manages Rolling Meadows Ranch.  LKSP also Manages Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park (CCPSP) or Catfish Creek. LKSP also manages a place called Money Tree and  a few other tracks of land. Lake Kissimmee State Park also leases pasture land. All the pastures seen from LKSP to RMR on both sides of the road belong to LKSP. Rolling Meadows Ranch connects to CCPSP. So LKSP has almost 20,000 areas to manage.   Rolling Meadows Ranch is the largest of the 3. It’s where we take our NIGHTLY DRIVES that I talk about. It’s more of our Evening Rides because we usually get home around Dark.

Catfish Creek runs through CCPSP and RMR. I’m usually speaking of RMR’S Section of it. SO HAVE I TOTALLY CONFUSED YOU?  It takes time to fully understand all we do.

From Sarah: There are pictures in the original post on Sarah’s Attic Of Treasures. Showing the Cracker House :Beginning.


This is from my Our Neck Of The Woods Facebook Page

. Our Life. Lake Kissimmee State Park, Rolling Meadows Ranch and Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park, Lake Wales, Florida. Where we work, live, play, cry and most of all Love each other.. Come and sit a spell.

Danny and I share so much laughter and tears here, working and living here as we do. I needed a place to start downloading  pictures I have taken over the years here. I need to write about them. I spend so much time wishing I was still living in Colorado that I forget what I have here. We really have a great life. I’m praying that once we finally get into the Cracker House things will get better
We are in the remodeled State Cracker House and it is better, although there are times I miss the RV. We lived it in for 5 years. It was home. It WAS OURS…..I am also posting about Country Life in General and Florida in particular.
Danny is a park ranger at Lake Kissimmee State Park. I volunteer there. I am a former teacher who misses being around kids. I am mom who lost her only son, Bobby 9 years ago. I am a wife. I need to find me again. “Our Neck of the Woods” refers mostly to Rolling Meadows Ranch, were we live. It joins Lake Kissimmee State Park, on one side and Allen David Broussard’s Catfish Creek Preserve State Park on the other. We work mostly at LK and RM. RM was a working sod farm until 6 years ago. Before that it was a tomato farm. We now have a herd of cows roaming on part of it. It is also part of a couple of huge restoration projects. It can be a busy place. Yet, usually all we see are the animals that roam freely in our yard.This page or blog is for my personal use and those of the friends who may visit here. It is not part Of Lake Kissimmee State Park. It is not connected with it in any way other other than that of a couple who live and work there. The views and opinions expressed are my own and have no bearing to the park itself.

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  1. Thanks for the two comments you made via Maria Holm on my blogs.My what variety you have for me to follow! I have little time right now because I”ll soon publish a memoir featuring my Danish father who spent his life in Seattle. It has been a detective story to learn about him—since I live on the East Coast.I’ve learned a lot from Maria Holm—Maria and Henry are now my Danish family. They have helped me with research and taught me much about Denmar with Maria’s Christian focus..

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    1. You are amazing. Thank you. HAPPY Sunday.

  3. Jaybird says:

    I went to school in DeLand, so I have some knowledge of your area. I am LONGING to get back to Bok Tower one more time, but it doesn’t look too good :^(
    Is Spook Hill still a major attraction??? We always had a lot of fun trying to fake visitors out…….
    Thank you so much for some pleasant memories!
    Blessings to you,

    1. I smiled when I read this. Have a good week.

  4. Those are some nice, candid and natural snapshots. It must have been quite a nice experience and journey for you 🙂

    1. Thank you. It has been.

  5. For people who live in the same State your life inland is so different then ours on the Beachside barrier Island! I am so use to the Ocean I can not imagine not living on it! Cheryl

    1. I would love to live by the beach. Especially in the summer time. It is just hot and humid for us. No breeze. Hugs Cheryl

      1. You will need to visit us next summer Debbie Sue for sure! Cheryl xoxo

  6. Roo's Muse says:

    I enjoy receiving your blog posts to my inbox daily. Very often I want to ask you something that might be better via email. Having just spent ten more minutes looking for your email or contact info, but wound up enjoying other posts, reposts and photos (time allocated to exploring an assignment for Bloggin U 🙂 may I suggest you add a Contact Me page or widget?

    Signed, your fan,

    1. Roo, Good Idea.I will do that. For right now, You can email me at sarahkasch@hotmail.com. Ask me anything and message as much as you want to. I try and get there at least once a day. Sometimes I am there more than others.
      You can also leave a message here for me to head to my email.
      I often get focused here and have trouble remembering anything else.
      The only times I am not around much is when I am sick (which is happening more and more).
      I always try and answer ASAP.
      Roo, I am so glad you look for me everyday.
      I often wonder about some of the posts I write. How much is too much? To little? Everyone has their own opinions on it.
      So for you to tell me that you actually look for them brings a SMILE to my face.
      Thank you.
      Love Sarah

    2. http://www.what%27snext.wordpress.com
      I just tried to find you and this in the link showing here.
      I also looked up Roo’s Muse and I got an old account. Jackie Roo McGilbertstein, VIII No Photo.
      No wordpress account.

    3. roosmuse.wordpress.com is no longer available.

      The authors have deleted this site.

      1. Roos Ruse says:

        I’m now at Roo’s Ruse, dear. http://roosruse.wordpress.com Roo’s Muse was a very old Blogspot blog (before Google took it over) from another chapter of my life that’s now closed. Thank you for checking! ‘See you soon! I would not be offended if you delete this thread :>

    4. It is frustrating isn’t it trying to connect to someone sometimes?
      I wanted to read all about you.
      I’d like to connect as well.

    5. Roo, I added my email to my About Me Page right at the top.
      I will figure out what to do and how to add the Contact page later.

    6. http://www.what%27snext.wordpress.com/ This is what shows up as your address here. When I did https://roosmuse.wordpress.com
      I got
      :roosmuse.wordpress.com is no longer available.

      The authors have deleted this site.


  7. LOve that Sand HIll Crane. Closest I have ever gotten to one. Thank you!

    1. JoHanna,
      Sorry, It took so long to answer this. Somehow I missed a few messages.
      We have them coming right up to us. We have never even fed them.

  8. Very nice piece Sarah. Thanks, MaryGo

  9. CurvyLou says:

    You live in such a beautiful place, Sarah, and the Cracker house is adorable! What I wouldn’t give for a slice of the peace out there—oh, and an income, so I could stay. (:

    1. If it wasn’t for the house, we wouldn’t be able to afford living anywhere. It’s sad that Danny works harder than anyone I know and makes less money doing it than I made 12 years babysitting..Childcare in my home…
      Oh would I wouldn’t give to have the income I made then. Even half of that would be awesome.
      We live in a beautiful place and I am glad when people like you remind me of it.
      We do have a lot of PEACE AND QUIET. It does get busy…we are in the middle of a few huge projects but for the most part it is quiet. And right now, with the BUNKHOUSE empty…no neighbors.
      🙂 🙂

      1. CurvyLou says:

        No neighbors=likelikelikelikelike! I have 15 on one side, 6 on the other, four on top, and three on the bottom. Not counting their friends and partners. The past five years here have given me a new definition of the word “loud.”
        Thank goodness for the house, the setting, for the hard work you both have put into where you live, and what you do.

        1. Last year we had to Americorp workers living across the street . One was quiet. He had his own RV. and An old but very quiet dog.
          He mowed His side of the bunkhouse SO I DIDN’T HAVE TO. His partner only mowed a little.
          Jason even helped mow other areas for me when he knew I wasn’t feeling good. I got to dog sit when he was away on Burns….
          Mac on the other hand lived in the BUNKHOUSE. Was needy. Always wanted to USE OUR INTERNET…..He couldn’t get signed up over there. Long story. But he had free service at the park.
          He was just trouble.
          We have others off and on. Most are quiet.
          They have to be. LOL
          I miss being able to work and help.

  10. I can empathize of you still longing for Colorado, even when surrounded by some amazing country. I was born and raised in Wyoming. My first job out of college was in Indiana, and I never quite stopoped missing my Cowboy State. I eventually quit and returned to Wyoming. My husband works for our state wildlife agency, so we have lived in 3 different places in 6 years here in Wyoming. I’ve gotten to experience a high altitude desert, life in a canyon and now life on the plains. We might live all over this state, but I don’t think you could get either of us to leave her entirely!

    I look forward to seeing more of your photos and posts. It’s great to read about someone else’s experiences that resemble my own!

    1. I was so glad to see your page as well. It is really hard sometimes, because people don’t understand our way of life. It is different than most others. We don’t live near anyone. We work and live at the same place so we are never really off. We can and have been called out at any given hour of the day or night.
      I am just now separating Our Neck Of The Woods From Sarah’s Attic Of Treasures. I set it up as a blog under this account. Up until tonight the name included Our Neck Of the Wood in paraphrase.
      I love the climate out West. The 4 seasons. Cold. Winter. Snow. Fall. And of course the Mountains.
      Teresah, I look forward to reading your posts as well. Have a great weekend. Sarah

  11. aFrankAngle says:

    Thanks for the touch of home.

    1. Good Morning,
      We do have a wonderful piece of heaven here on earth. (MINUS THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY)
      I have lot’s of photos on My Facebook page Sarah Sue – Our Neck Of The Woods.

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