We were sitting at a tiki lounge, listening to live music. I’ve always been a people watcher (especially at airports). I saw her walk in. She had the biggest smile, I knew she was cool. Cowboy hat, funky style clothing, that feeling you get thinking sisters from different mother’s. Later I wound up talking to her for a bit and asked her what was her hatband that was on her cowboy hat. It was rattlesnake bones… no shit, rattler and all. She killed the rattler herself, skinned it and then buried the bones. Let the bugs in the ground eat away at the meat and then she dug it up and made the coolest hatband I’ve ever laid eyes on. I told her I loved the story and I had a blog. Asked permission to share and she even posed for a picture. Then as an afterthought, I asked if there was anything else I should include in the rattlesnake story. She laughed and said hell yes, make sure you say I’m single…. and looking. I loved her ❤ this is the best part of traveling.
in early April we arrived in Franklin, Nc where we decided we wanted to spend most of the summer. The decision to do this was two part, one, we wanted to look for a piece of property and two I wasn’t feeling well and wanted to just chill for summer. I really hated to cancel our plans to go to upper Michigan this summer but I was just beat. That’s one of the reasons we decided to do this, we move when we feel like it and plans are only tentative. We’ve found our style of full timing and it doesn’t include rushing around lol. A month here and a month there is just fine with us. Our winter includes 2 months in Destin, one month in ocala, and then 2 months in crescent city (a new spot for us this year).
When we got to Franklin, nc we kind of fell in love with the mountains. It’s very non touristy here, small town vibe, and Appalachian trail town. Although this summer has been hotter here than we expected the low humidity really helps Dan. We were very lucky and found a private rv site to rent and it’s beautiful. At this time we have decided to buy a small home here as a home base and we’ll have a place for the motor home. While we love moving around and the motor home is easy to live in, having doctors, dentists, and having a legal address has become an issue.
So Aug 25 we celebrated 2 years as full timers and we’ll continue until next April when we’ll return here to Franklin to set up our part time home. We’re excited about this new phase of part timers and think it will be a better fit for us. I’m excited to look at Dan at the end of next March and say “let’s go home”…thanks for following along, here are some pics from Franklin
After leaving Cedar Key, Fl we headed to Carabelle which is in the Florida panhandle along what is called “the forgotten coast”. Ho Hum rv park has great sites (although tight) along the gulf. We spent two weeks here relaxing meeting up with some friends and also meeting new ones.
We met Jean and Ron a year ago and have cross paths a few times now always enjoying hanging out with them. The four of us decided to take a air boat tour of the swamps and had a great time. It was our first time on an air boat and I was a bit worried it would hurt my bad neck but it turned out it was harder on my bladder….it’s hell getting old 😉
Another day we drove out to st George island and enjoyed a beach walk. We had the beach all to ourselves and they even rolled out the blue carpet for us…..actually I’ve seen similar along the beach and I think it’s for wheelchair access, something I hope we see more of.
A few more pictures of carrabelle
A visit from Tom, Marci, and Bryce who were in the area.
We also met Steve and Sue and took a ride to wakulla state park for a boat ride. Again, we are so lucky to meet up with such great folks on the road.
So many great visits and beautiful sunrises it was hard to move on but we must…headed up to lake city, Fl to stock up and head to Jekyll island next.
On our way back up to the panhandle of Florida we stopped in Cedar Key. Cedar key is west of Ocala on on the gulf side of Florida. We had been here a year ago but wanted to spend a few more nights there and explore. We arrived just after noon and headed downtown
After walking around we headed to Steamers to relax and enjoy the water view. 8 bars/restaurants and one stop sign….gosh maybe we should house hunt here 😉
After a bowl of fresh clams we met a great couple (Greg and Lynn, hope we meet up again someday) that were there vacationing and they introduced us to “corona ritas”. Finished up with some fresh oysters!!
On the way back to the campground we had to stop at low key highway,a cute little tiki bar just of the island. Great little funky place for great sunsets.
Sunday we kicked back at the cg and Dan washed the motorhome. Monday was just beautiful and we love checking out places during the week, after the weekend crowds, so we had a great afternoon riding around cedar key looking at all the cool beach homes. Then we headed downtown to the main pier
The last stop on our list was Tony`s award winning clam chowder. It did not disappoint!!!! Love the sour dough bread bowl.
Then we headed home for an early night, off to Carabelle, Florida tomorrow. Don’t miss cedar key if you get the chance….thanks for following along. This started out to be a journal, turned into a travel blog, and sometimes a food blog but we are just enjoying puttering along, taking it easy in the RV.
One of the things we wanted to do here at the Wilderness rv park was a pontoon boat cruise. The park has two pontoon boats that you can rent for the day so we packed up a cooler with lunch and headed out. The boat is nothing fancy but at $100 for the day (that includes gasoline) it was well worth it. You launch here at the park and start up the Ocklawaha river and then up the Silver river to Silver Springs state park. The trip is about 5 or 6 miles each way and took us about 5 hours although we were not in any hurry and just slowly cruised along enjoying the sights. Dan took the helm and we started up the river.
The scenery was just beautiful and it wasn’t long before we saw the first of many gators along the way along with turtles, anhinga, ducks and many different species of birds.
Soon we found the first troop of monkeys. Somewhere back in the 1930’s a guy who owned a river cruise here thought he would buy some Rhesus monkeys and put them on a small island on the river to enhance his cruise business but he failed to realize that monkeys can swim so they left the island and have been living and breeding along the river for years now. It’s pretty cool to see them as your going down the river and we enjoyed watching them.
Over all it was just a great day and the silver river is so clear you can see all the way to the bottom and watch the fish swimming. As we turned around at the state park and started back home we spotted a lone manatee. We’ve seen them in many of the springs here but didn’t expect to see one in the silver river.
Just a great day!
Today started out to just be an errand day but at each stop we kept striking out. By that time it was 2:00 and too late to try and get to one of the area springs to watch the manatees so we were kind of suggesting things to each other…
Now I love unusual weird places but Dan…not so much. So I decided we were going to what I called funkytown (not it’s real name, but I didn’t want to give it away). So after getting “the look”from Dan, and putting the address in the GPS, we headed to Gainesville.
I’m pretty sure when we pulled into Satchel’s pizza he had even more doubts but quickly warmed up to the place. A friend in the MH park had posted pics of this place and then when I googled it it was on a list of top 10 pizza places in the US, well hell, I’m in.
When you approach the front of the restaurant there is a great beat up graffiti van that is the most coveted seat on the property. The guys occupying it let me photograph them and even offered to let us join them but there was to much more to see…
Of course I don’t care for wind chimes but one made of hub caps is just too cool, and who doesn’t have a wall of cds
Not a lot of parking and weekends can easily be an hour wait, even if you fly in
Water features that are artsy or crazy, depending on your “eye”
Even a place to make your pose
Of course it was time eat and satchel did not disappoint
When they bring the viewmaster it’s for real and is their desert menu, all homemade.
Hope you enjoyed our visit to funky town, . Or it’s real name of Satchel’s Pizza in Gainesville. Before we left I got a big grin out of Dan and a “well, you really hit it out of the park with this one” woot woot, hippy high five 😉 peace out!!
One of my resolutions this year is to get back into posting on our blog. Lots of reasons why I’ve neglected it but they are boring and whiney so I’m just gonna update in pictures the last 8 months and then start fresh.
Jekyll island -great place to just bike along the ocean.
Savannah, Ga – downtown watching the freighters roll by
Charleston, Sc – downtown market and a great little cg
Myrtle beach – cg. on the ocean and a view from the MH door
Topsoil island, NC – spent 3 weeks visiting my daughter Lisa.
Lake Norman, NC – very relaxing
Lake Lure, NC – Apple valley motorcoach resort & the Biltmore
Then back to ohio for Dr appts and visits with friends. This winter found us again in Destin, FL for Nov and Dec enjoying the beaches one more winter as we are heading to AZ next winter. Today we are in silver springs, Fl until mar when we head to st Augustine then up to Hilton head.
So…I updated to today and I’ll just end here with a few favorites:
After leaving Destin, Fl we headed for Carrabelle, Fla. There we stayed at Ho Hum RV Park and it was anything but Ho Hum. Aside from having a gulf front site, watching dolphin from our front window, and bears in the park at night, we had a 10 ft alligator swim up onto the beach. The next morning he was discovered under one of the rigs which was exciting, well, not so much for that rig’s owner…
While there we also visited Wakulla Springs state park to take their nature boat ride
great ride watching gators, annahinga, and we were lucky enough to see several huge manatee
Then we moved on to Cedar Key, Fla
We only had one night to stay there but will definitely go back to the tiki bar
At that point we headed for Tampa….We had a plan. We decided we wanted a newer, bigger coach so we were on our way to Lazydays Deaership . Well things took a bit longer there that we had planned but we got our coach and had a great time during our 5 weeks there…
First off our friends George and Diane were in the area and we got to meet up for some Casino fun!!
Then we headed to st Petes Beach to visit with the Bridges
Good to see some Millbury faces!!!
We also got in a Detroit red wings playoff game
The Bolts arena is pretty amazing…
Lazyday’s Crown club pool was very nice …
Our time at Lazydays Tampa was fun, while waiting for our coach we met so many great couples and will be completely disappointed if we don’t see them somewhere down the road.
And yes, the new coach is fantastic
Our 2012 40 foot Tiffin Phaeton. 14k miles with 4 slides. We love the extra room, the stackable washer and dryer, and the residential refrigerator.
no more Laundromats ..
and Dan’s outside tv
Well that got me caught up to May…..I’ll have to do another post on our trip up the east coast, I’ll just say tonight we sitting here (pictured below) on lake Norman in North Carolina and it’s pretty sweet. Thanks for following along…
Next up, our stops in Jekyll island, Savannah, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Topsail Island, and where we are today, Lake Norman , NC
Spending the winter on the beautiful sugar sand beaches of the Emerald Coast was the best choice we’ve made yet. I found this place online and booked it sight unseen except for their website….paradise found!!. After 3 1/2 mos rolling along camping in the woods and state parks it was time to just stay put. A few pictures of our home from Dec 1st to Mar 7th….
We then moved to the waterfront site for Jan and Feb…nice view?? This resort is right on the intercoastal and is run by the ramada resort across the street. We have full amenities at the Ramada including pools, hot tub, gym, beach, and room service. We do have a pool right behind us here at the resort and it’s wonderfully warm!!
Dan soaking up some sunSALT LIFE – DAN IS GETTING HIS OLD SALT LOOK ON…”Son of a son of a sailor”….singing it, lolof course in Dec we saw our first ever boat parade, so coolfollowed by fireworks over the water…Have I mentioned the Food?? Fish tacos….
New years day we bought 2.5 lbs of fresh snow crab and 4 lobster tails ($40 total) at the market, they cook them up for you and package them up hot…home to eat seafood and watch football, wink, living the life…an evening pic I took on hwy 30A, says a lot to me…
We are actually in Fort Walton Beach, just west of Destin. This beach is the Gulf national seashore, just beautiful, hard to find beach areas that aren’t overbuilt. That’s the pier we view sunset from and the motorhome is just near that watertower. The sand here looks like snow but it’ll like walking in powdered sugar.
A few of my sunset shots and hopefully a few more to come, we are here til march and then heading to my daughters on Topsail Island in NC….We think this is our spring route….plans are written in jello…but we would like to stop in st Augustine, Amelia Island, Jeckyl Island, Savanna and Charleston on the way to Surf City,NC. Day at a time, counting our blessings, it’s been a great 5 months since we left home…
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Not much to write, just happy to be away from Wintertime. Celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary and feeling pretty blessed.
After last Feb, this anniversary was pretty special. We took a ride and found this beautiful beach bar and had to have a bloody mary (or two)….
And then fresh oysters for dinner.
Love the white sandy beaches, especially when it’s snowing at home
Hope every one had a blessed Thanksgiving. Moving to Destin, Florida on Monday where we will be for two months. Dan will be getting some checkups and some tests so we’ll be stationary for two months. Loved this gulf shore area so we will definitely be back someday. Kris