Thursday, March 29, 2007

Leaving Florida

For several days we have been doing things to get ready to return to Pa. Emily is cleaned and shiny inside and out. We have taken time in the afternoons to listen to or watch the Mets games. I wish they had done better during spring training, but nothing counts till opening day.
Tonight we took our final bike ride around the park. Then we put the bikes on the back of the Tracker and made sure they were secured for our trip. We sat outside wondering where the month went. At about 7:30 we stowed away the chairs and came inside. The weather here has been so beautiful. The whole time we've been here it rained only one day. They really need rain badly. Needless to say, we both are very tanned and healthy looking. But we are in need of a grandson fix. We are hoping to be home by Wednesday so he can stay overnight. We told Connor we would be home for Easter. If we are early, he will get a surprize.
The campgound is emptying out quickly. Every day more and more sites are empty. Some won't leave till the middle of April. They will be lonesome here. I know there will be quite a few leaving tomorrow. Some are already hitched up and ready to go. We want to be out by 8:oo. If we get in to Georgia we will be happy. We have to drop Emily off at the dealer to get some work done and be inspected before we take off on our great adventure. It will be time to leave before we know it.
The third week in April we have a rally with a club we belong to. The same club is having a rally over Memorial Day, and Tom and I are one of the hosting couples. We will have to be there on Thursday to make sure we are there in time for registration. Around May 1st we will get up to our seasonal site. We will keep Emily there till our trip. It will be nice to see all the folks again.
For now we will be on our way home. Maybe no WIFI, so I probably won't have an entry till then. For tonight, one more time to sleep with the windows open, and waking up to singing birds.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Myakka State Park

We really haven't done much for a few days. It has been cloudy and pretty windy. Day before yesterday we had some sprinkles on and off. We had planned to go to the state park, but held off till yesterday. I'm glad we did. It was a beautiful day. We were a little dissappointed with the 40 minute nature walk. We didn't see any thing special. About all we saw were some salamanders. We did walk the Canopy Walkway. It is a suspended walkway about treetop level. It comes up to the tower. You can climb up and see for miles. It was neat to be right up in the trees. We will add pictures when we get home. After the walk we went over to the lake. There are lots of alligators in the park. It is kept in it's natural state. What was really interesting was to see vultures circling. Just like in the old western movies. The reason they were circling was a dying alligator. He had crawled out of the water and was just lying there on the shore. There were two of his buddies with him. They must have been protecting him till he passed, because the birds didn't bother him. They just waited. It seemed so sad, but that's the way of nature.
I wish we could have taken better pictures of all the types of birds we saw, but you just don't go near the water there. And as they were mostly wading, the pictures were from a distance. They have an airboat ride for about 10 bucks, and a tram ride for about the same. We were there in the early afternoon, and the folks said it was better to book your tours in the morning or late afternoon because there is more activity then. We past on both tours. We figured we had seen about as much as we would see on the boat, and the tram.
There are a couple of camping areas in the park. Next time we are in Florida we are planning to stay there for awhile. But that won't be for a couple of years.
Today we will probably stick around here and take a bike ride and a walk. It's kind of cloudy and windy again. But who can argue with 80 degrees and a nice breeze. Not me.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Arcadia Pioneer Days.

Well, first of all, it rained most of the day yesterday. We were out for a bike ride when the sky opened up. Needless to say we got dampish. We got the bike seats covered and got in. The rest of the day I read a book, and Tom just vegged.
Today we went into Arcadia for their Pioneer Days. It was like a nice small town festival. Many of the people were dressed in period clothes. There was a shoot-out between the bad guys and the good guys. There were lots of six guns and shotguns. Lots of noise! Of course, the good guys won. What I couldn't figure out was why the good guys all had black hats and half of the bad guys had white hats. There was a blacksmith who was making items to buy; like coat hooks, candle stick holders, and fire irons. A couple of wood workers were whitteling, and a man and lady were helping kids to make jump ropes by using twine and this little hand crank machine that twisted the twine into rope. He made the kids turn the crank, then he put on the handles and gave it to the one who turned the crank. I thought he would be asking for a donation or something, and surprized me buy just giving them away. Like I said, Small town. Many little tables were set up by local churches that sold home-made goodies. Even the elementary school sold popcorn and soda. I had a pulled pork sandwich and Tom had 2 chili dogs. Then we went over to the Womens' Club table, and what do you think we got there? You guessed it. Strawberry Shortcake. It was made with sponge cake. Yummy! We came home and watch some March Madness. I did some swedish weaving.
It' s been cold here today, in the low 60's. Tonight will be colder than usual, and tommorrow will be cool again. Then it should start to warm up by Monday. We'll take it. It's better than the 12 to 14 inches of snow they got at home.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

New Friends and the Beach

On Monday we went to meet Rick and Orinda for lunch. They are up in Sebring for the winter months. We have made some new friends. They have 2 dogs with them. A fox terrier and a Golden named Cody. I fell in love with him. He brought me a shoe before we even met. A wonderful dog. They are from South Dakoda, and we will probably meet up again during our adventure this summer.
Yesterday I did the laundry thing. Not all of the washers and dryers work, so you have to wait your turn. In this park they have an area where you can hang out your laundry. There is a privacy fence around it so no one can see it in the park. Of course, I don't have any clothes pins so that is not an option for me. Anyway, it took me about 2 and a half hours to get it done. Tom finished waxing Emily with the help of his new ladder. We have been looking for one that would fit in our compartment. We found one on Monday at Home Depot while we were in Sebring.
Today we went to the beach. We had to go about 45 miles. Our destination was Siesta Key. The first place we stopped was right in town. We couldn't find a place to park. We drove around for awhile, and just didn't get a place. I don't know if it is because of Spring Break or what, but there are alot of kids there. We decided to go on up the road. We found a really nice place with lots of parking, restrooms, and a not so crowded beach. There wasn't much sun, but I did get a little sunburn. It really can fool you here in Florida. When we left, we went down the road to Sonny's. It's a great place for BBQ ribs. I suppose the other food is good, too, but we always get the ribs. Sonny's doesn't go very far north. Only up as far as the Carolinas. It is one place we like to make plans to visit. All you can eat ribs with 2 sides (you can chose from quite a list) chioce of garlic bread or corn bread, all for $ 9.99. Then we even got a senior discount of 25%. You have to be at least 55. What a deal. It's a good thing we don't have any strawberries left. We're too full to eat any.
The beach, a tummy full of ribs, and a night to leave the windows open. I love it.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Yesterday was another beautiful day in sunny Florida. We got up and went to church for 9:00. They have quite a large congregaton here at the campground. After church we went for groceries. On the way is the little man who sells those great strawberries. Of course we had to get some more of those. We also got some fresh tomatoes. Yummy! They are so much better than hot house.
Today we are off to meet more members of Escapees Class of 2007. They are up in Sebring, about 45 miles away. It's always nice to meet folks that are doing the same thing as you. They also plan to go fulltiming this year. I still have a hard time believing all the people out there that have been doing it for years. We can't wait to be like them.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Mets Baseball

Thursday we went to Port St. Lucie to see our boys play. It was so good to watch some baseball. They were playing the Baltimore. We were in luck, because they played all the regulars. We saw El Duque pitch. He was great in the first inning, and went downhill from there. We lost 8-7, but we enjoyed it all the same.
Let me tell you. It took about 2hr and 15 min to get there. If you don't like looking at orange groves and sod farms and cattle ranches, don't take route 70 across Florida. BORING!! Before we got back on the road we stopped at Clock's. It's a resturant chain here in central Florida, and the food was good and there was plenty of it. We had some shortcake left, so we didn't have dessert. Then we got back on the road home. BORING!
Yesterday we went to Fort Meyers. There is a Camping World store there, and we needed a back flushing valve thing for Emily. That was about 50 miles away. Everything is 50 miles away. But we like the idea of no congestion, and peace and quiet. Anyway, the valve thing worked and we are happy about that. Everything is back to normal.
Today I made some little oatmeal muffins. I only have a mini muffin baking pan with me. It took a refill to make all the batter, but they are really good. I did some cleaning this morning thinking it was going to be a cloudy, rainy day. It got really warm and the sun came out. Enough of the cleaning. We put down the awning to keep Emily cooler inside. I think now that I have checked the e-mail and updated the blog, I'll go out and laze outside for awhile, and listen to the birds sing. After supper we will go for a bike ride, and call it a day. Watch some March Madness and hit the hay. That's what I call a really hard day.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

What wonderful weather! The past couple of nights have been rather cool. Yesterday morning it was 30 outside on our window thermometer. Today was about 10 degrees warmer. Now at 11:00 it is 75. Once the sun comes out it warms up quickly. Monday was cleaning day. Tom did the outside, and Emily was grateful. I did the inside, and now I feel better about having things where they belong.
Tom went online and got some Mets tickets for Thursday. So tomorrow we head out for Port St. Lucie. It's about a 2 hour drive, so it will be a day-long event. The game starts a little after one. We like to drive by where Mom and Dad used to live. It's near the stadium. The area has built up so much since they left here. It has become very congested and the trafffic is terrible.
We have directions to a couple of big flea markets, and a county fair, so they are also on our to do list. We would also like to go to the Gulf and walk the shore for awhile. We really love the ocean, but that's on the other side of Florida. There is a farmers market at the campground every Thursday. If we have time before we leave for the game we will stop and see what they have to offer. I already have squeezed a bag of oranges. Nothing I like better than fresh squeezed orange juice. I have a bag of grapefruit I need to finish before I buy any more. We bought some wonderful strawberries the other day. Then, of course, we had to buy ice cream, whipped cream, and I made biscuits. Shortcake. YUMMY!!!!! We have just enough for one more night of it. Then we get to finish the ice cream. Can life get any better? I think not.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Arcadia Florida

Well, we finally got here. We spent 4 days in a great Escapees park in Bushnell Florida. If we had not made reservations for other places, and they had not been paid for, we would have stayed there longer. The folks there were wonderful. They had put us in a spot next to some folks from Pa. They were so friendly and nice. They had Arts and Crafts time, and what were they doing, but swedish weaving. Any of you who know me, know that it is what I love to do. I have three of my blankets with me, and they all had to see them. I was thrilled. We will definately go back there someday.
Then we were off to Lazy Days. For those of you who do not know, it is a huge RV dealership outside of Tampa. They have a Cracker Barrel, a Flying J sevice area, and a Camping World store. They have so many RVs there. They sell about 40 a day. They have this great area where folks can move from their old unit to their new unit, and off they go. It was amazing. Tom and I took a RV driving course. We even received a certificate. We were there 2 days.
Now we are in Craig's RV Park in Arcadia. We don't know anyone yet, we have only been here 2 days, and today we spent most of the day in the laundry. The weather is great. It has been in the 80's for a few days. Tonight it is getting cold. We have closed up and come inside to stay warm. Cold Front. The weather report said this will last only 2 days. We have had our bikes out numerous times. They work fine. Everything is flat here, so we just go and go.
We got this internet hook-up, but are having trouble keeping it connected at times. Tom is thinking of getting a card when we go on our big adventure. It is only for a month. At night it seems the best. We can deal with it. That's what nice about this kind of life. If you don't like it where you are you can take your home and move. It's wonderful.