Thursday, January 29, 2015
Wednesday (28th) we walked about the campground trying to figure out the maze. It is really a confusing campground layout with campsites of a multitude of sizes. We do have a very spacious site. Joan and Buddy are squeezed between 2 other RVs. In the evening as I was drawing water from the kitchen faucet the water stopped. Tom went out to check and found that our water pressure regulator was the problem and needed to be replaced. So off to Walmart we went and were able to get a new regulator. Problem solved. Another cool day much like Tuesday. The motorhome warms up well during the day with the bright sun. We leave the heat off all night but by morning it is right chilly (50's) inside so we then turn on our furnaces, jump back in bed and wait for the motorhome to warm up.
Thursday (29th) I did a couple loads of wash this morning and then we went out for lunch at Oakwood Smokehouse in Clermont. We had gone to an Oakwood in Wildwood a couple weeks ago. Oakwood is a favorite barbecue restaurant of ours in Florida. Today we had ribs- good, fall off the bone ribs. Another stop at Walmart for some cleaning supplies and washers for water hoses. And then the last stop at a car wash to get the road dirt off the Jeep. Much warmer day today that we were able to sit outside late this afternoon until about 5pm when it began to cool down. And we are hearing that it is snowing again at home.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Today, Monday, our last day in Wildwood as we will be leaving tomorrow morning for the Orlando area. I did cook dinner today. We had gotten a spaghetti squash at the Farmer's Market on Saturday so I made an spaghetti using the squash. In the afternoon we drove in The Villages to go to the movies to see "American Sniper", a good movie. It has gotten colder (low 60s during the day dropping to 50s at night) here and windy. Not complaining as there is a snow storm hitting home.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, we awoke to gray skies and the gray cool weather lasted all day. We took off for Tampa to go to the Tampa Super RV Show. The traffic became heavier the closer we got to the fair grounds where the show was being held. The last 5 miles took us nearly an hour. When we did finally get on the grounds we again were held up from getting parked as a motorhome making a right hand turn cut too sharp causing the the back end to go into a ditch. What a sickening sight- 2 tow trucks had arrived to handle the problem. Finally we got into the show which was crowded. There were 2 buildings of vendors along with dealer displays outside. We looked but didn’t buy anything except for hot dogs for lunch.
Thursday was a rainy day. Just what this over saturated campground needed was more rain, right? In the evening we went to The Villages to friends, Bruce and Cricket McGinnis for dinner. Jeff and Anni Alberts were also there. These are friends we have known through our Traveling Americans camping club and through the McGinnis’ we have become interested in the lifestyle at The Villages and our desire to relocate here when we are able to get our house sold. Jeff and Anni have just moved down here as of September but they still have their Maryland house and hoping for a sale on that. We had a nice evening catching up with all and enjoying a wonderful meal.
Friday Tom and I drove about the area. It was a much nicer day with some sunshine but the temperature did not get much above 60 degrees. In the evening we drove into Brownwood Square, a town square in The Villages, where there is entertainment from 5 to 9pm. Rocky and the Rollers were the group performing and they do bring out a crowd. We met up with Jeff and Anni and then somewhat later Bruce and Cricket showed up. Another fun but chilly evening.
Today Saturday, Tom was up early and went to play nine holes of golf with Bruce, Jeff and David Snell, another relocated Marylander. After Tom returned to the motorhome, we drove into The Villages to have lunch at Cody’s, a barbeque type restaurant. We then walked about Sumter Landing town square where the stores were having sidewalk sales. We did purchase some clothing items. It was sunny much of the day with temperatures getting up to the low 70’s
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Today, Tuesday, we were surprised to see some sun shining this morning. We thought according to the weather reports that we may have to pack up in the rain. We were not in a big hurry to move on as we only had a short 24 mile drive to the next campground in Wildwood, Fl. Tom cautiously drove the motorhome out between the 2 trees we were parked behind. It proved much easier going out than backing in. Within a half hour we were at Three Flags Thousand Trails RV Resort and again have been placed in a campsite under trees. So much for satellite TV for the next 2 weeks. After setting up we needed to run to the grocery store for a few items but while we are out we had to get lunch. Oakwood Smokehouse Barbecue Restaurant is a favorite of ours in this area so that is where we stopped first. There are several of these restaurants in this area but today we went to the one in Lady Lakes. The sausage is a favorite of ours so that was our lunch today. Then returning to the campground we stopped for our milk and orange juice at a grocery store in Wildwood. Temperatures have been in low 70's with no rain so far. This campground apparently got saturated yesterday. People pulling out today have left some muddy campsites behind. Fortunately for us, our site is comparatively drier on sandy ground as opposed to grass and mud.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Sumter Oaks Campground is a friendly, neat campground but it lacks some things that we do not like not having. Because of the beautiful southern oak trees our television connection is poor- satellite is impossible and the antenna only picks up a few local channels of which only one is a major network (ABC). Wifi is available but seems to cut off frequently which is one reason the posting of this blog has not been as regular as I usually try to do. We will be moving from here on Tuesday to a campground that is improved in these areas.
Thursday the 8th was a windy cold day. Temps did not get above 50 degrees (still warmer than up north). We did go to the dog show in the morning but did not stay very long. The show was outdoors and with the wind and chill factor not the most pleasant. Most dogs we saw that day were the big breed dogs. Leaving the show we drove into the town of Brooksville looking for a place to get lunch. We saw a restaurant with a full parking lot and thought that was probably a good place for lunch. Florida Cracker Kitchen was not a fancy place but the food was very good. We had burgers which were served with sweet potato chips. Breakfast was also being served during this time and those dishes looked wonderful too.
Friday we returned to Brooksville again for lunch. This time we were disappointed in our meal at a Mexican restaurant called Enchiladas. The food for Mexican was just too bland. After lunch we went to the movies to see "Into The Woods" making for an enjoyable afternoon.
Saturday we stayed in the campground all day. I'm working on a quilt project so I was busy with that along with doing some reading as Tom was doing. In the evening we went to a lounge in the campground rec room to watch the Ravens/Patriots football game. Unfortunately, the Ravens were defeated.
Today, Sunday, we returned to the Florida Cracker Kitchen for breakfast which was every bit as good as we thought it would be. We both had omelets that were served with real fried potatoes. We then drove to Homosassas State Park, a park we had been at several years ago. A boat from a visitor center transports people back to the park. The park cares for Florida native animals that have been injured. There is a hippo, non-native to Florida, that resides in the park. This hippo was here when previous owners had a wild animal park and were unable to find another home for him. Some animals are able to be rehabilitated and released but others are not able to be released so remain for the duration of their lives. There are 4 manatees that will remain here in a secluded area within the Homosassas Spring because of injuries. Because of the recent cold, wild manatees have moved into the spring because of the warmer water temperature. There were estimated to be 70-80 manatees in this area at this time.
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Tuesday, another pretty day in Florida while it was snowing in Maryland, we drove into the town of Bushnell. We needed a couple things from WalMart and the car needed a washing. We also got lunch at the Rojo Coyote Restaurant.
Today, Wednesday (7th), we spent the day in the campground. Our prescription insurance plan changed with the new year so Tom has been on the computer and phone most of the day trying to get everything in line so we are able to order our medications. Some problems still exist but it looks like he is getting closer to getting things lined up. There is a 5th wheel across the road from us that have Westie dogs in a pen. This morning 2 ladies have been out grooming these little dogs. I walked over and talked with them. Both ladies have their own RV and are getting the dogs ready for a dog show nearby that runs Thursday to Sunday this week and the next. One lady has 6 dogs and the other has 7. Perhaps we will have to go to the dog show while we are here. It has been another nice day but is predicted that a change is on the way with colder temperatures by nighttime.
Sunday, January 04, 2015
Christmas has been celebrated with family and friends and now we are heading for warmer winter weather. Friday, January 2, 2015 after loading up the motorhome with the items that we were afraid of freezing and then getting the motorhome out of the driveway we were ready to hit the roads at 9:30am. Our travels to Frederick, Md. and then down toward Virginia where we picked up I-95, the route that we would be traveling to Florida. It was a cold overcast morning. Traffic was lighter and moving well most of the way. A fender-bender accident slowed the traffic at one point but otherwise we moved well through the northern Virginia area above Richmond where traffic can be a nightmare at times. We continued on through Virginia and into North Carolina stopping for the night in Selma, N.C. at 4pm after 339 miles. We spent the night at RVacation RV Park, a park we have been to on other trips.
Saturday morning we were on the road at 8:35am to continue our travels down I-95. As we were traveling south it was evident that we were in a migration of other snowbirds heading for warmer weather. Not only Rv's but cars with licenses from northern states were sharing our route of travel. Traffic moved well through North Carolina. It was in southern South Carolina that we experienced several miles of slow moving traffic. Then in Georgia we moved along well. After 387 miles we stopped for the night in Brunswick, Ga. at 3:45pm. Golden Isle RV Park is just off I-95 and a Passport America park. Reviews on this park were mixed but we decided that for one night we would bite the bullet. We had stayed here years ago but we also know that things change. Actually, we were pleased with this park as it cost $18.90 for the night with P.A. discount and just appears to be an old KOA. And we were pleased that we had gotten to warm weather, in fact, it was very humid making the upper 70 degrees to feel a little uncomfortable especially with our long sleeved shirts and blue jeans. We did go out to a Sonny's barbeque restaurant for dinner. Since our reservations in Florida do not start until Monday we decided to stay here for a second night.
Today, Sunday, we drove to Jekyll Island. This island was first inhabited by an Englishman in the 1700's. There are still remains of this family's house as well as houses of a French family that lived here in the 1800's. This is a beautiful area with southern oak trees covered with Spanish moss and ferns covering the grounds. There is a campground on this island that seemed to be at high occupancy. From Jekyll Island we drove to St. Simon's Island where we had lunch. St. Simon's is a commercialized area unlike the state park that Jekyll Island is. It was warm today although the islands had a rather cool breeze. Clouds covered the sky all day but it wasn't until we returned to the campground this afternoon that the skies opened up for a spell with a shower. Tomorrow we will move on to our destination in Florida. We hear cold temperatures are on their way.