Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Perfect Day at the Beach



Yesterday we went to the Atlantic at Cocoa Beach.  What a beautiful day.  It is February and the afternoon high was 87 degrees, very close to the record.  Many people were in the ocean including Gary. 







We tried out our new to us beach shelter we “won” at the charity auction.  It actually worked pretty well once we finally figured out how to put it together.




100_1107And to cap off the day, we watched yet another rocket launch from Cape Canaveral.  Our location gave a different perspective to the launch.  This time we were able to watch it move down range.

Monday, February 20, 2012

A Wise Old Owl…….



Well, we are actually not sure just how wise she is nor old for that matter, but she is our owl, or rather our RV Park’s owl.  We have been surprised by the range of birds we have seen around here.  We have seen many an eagle’s nest and some eagles soaring in the sky.  At a nearby park there are nests on top of light poles for a baseball diamond and for the soccer field.  We don’t 100E1087know what they do when they need to turn on the lights.  But back to our owl.  We have been hearing her at night for a few weeks.  Someone finally pointed her nest out to us.  And at times she pops up out of the nest during the daytime.  Recently we snapped some pictures of her.  Others told us she had babies in the nest but that they had suddenly disappeared.  They were afraid that maybe an eagle had gotten them.  Now isn’t our owl and amazing one?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Why Aren’t These Kids In School?

After our many travel-related posts, it’s time for our first social commentary on the blog.

In our travels after Labor Day, we keep seeing kids out and about and we keep asking:  “why aren’t these kids in school”?  On the beach at Myrtle Beach, in the campgrounds south of there, at the Disney parks, and seemingly every where we go, “why aren’t these kids in school”.  Now don’t get us wrong, we love seeing kids at the beach and at amusement parks, but why are they there on school days?  We understand that a lot of the kids at Disney were Brazilians who are not in school now during the southern hemisphere summer but they are easy to discern from their Portuguese.  We also understand that some RVers are full timing with their kids and are home schooling.  And there are also the occasional days off from school.  Even after discounting for all these factors, there are seemingly just way too many kids not in school that should be on any given day.

Our parents never would have taken us out of school for the beach.  Would they have started or ended a school break a day early or late – maybe but probably not.  So, enlighten us.  Who are these kids and why aren’t they in school?

Monday, February 13, 2012


You Northerners sent us a bit of your cold blast.  We were in the vicinity of freezing for a couple nights.  One down side to all this warm weather we have been experiencing is that even in January and February, we have mosquitos that come out every day at sundown.  Maybe the cold snap knocked out a few of them.  Ah, but the cold isn't lasting long.  The forecast is for the low 80s by Thursday and we are planning a day at the beach.  We know you feel bad about our mosquito problem.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Our Six-Months Anniversary

Huh, you thought we had been married for 25 years?  Yes, that is correct, but we are talking about our six-months anniversary of living full time in the motor home.  And we are in no way ready to quit and we are very much looking forward to our travels this year and our next winter in Texas.

It’s more than a bit hard to believe we have been full timing for six months already.  But time flies when you are having fun.  And we have been having fun and enjoying our life on the road, and especially the warm weather of the south compared with the cold and snow of the north, even if it has been a somewhat milder winter back in the midwest.

What has been the biggest adjustment and what we still are struggling with?  Well, we had always slept in a king-size bed.  We still haven’t learned to live well with the RV queen size mattress.  It is plenty comfortable, but it just isn’t big enough.  It doesn’t appear we could make a king size fit so we are going to have adjust better to it. But if that is far and away our biggest remaining issue, then we must be doing rather well overall.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Potluck and Super Bowl Parties

2012-02-04_18-39-51_42There is something cultural about potlucks and RVing – not that we mind at all.  We had the pre Super Bowl potluck last night and the Super Bowl party tonight. Last night’s party also had a silent auction component to benefit the activities committee so we can do what else – have more potlucks!


The Super Bowl party at least wasn’t a two night in a row potluck.  It was supposed to be just snacks, but with this crowd snacks really means enough for a meal of them and then some. For this party we had our own expert analyst.  One owner of a property here in the park is a former player for the Minnesota Vikings and played in Super Bowl IV where he had 11 tackles in the game.  His name is Lonnie Warwick and the has been voted one of the 50 greatest of the Minnesota Vikings of all time.  He spoke before the game and during breaks and provided a lot of insight to the game.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Our Disney Adventures Are Over

On the final day of our Disney 3-day tickets, we visited the Disney Hollywood Studios.  It was another fun day with Disney’s magic.  We don’t know when we will be back in Florida. It likely will be several years based on our current planning.  We are glad we visited Disney, but they are going to have to do some updating at some point in order to earn any future business from us.

The weather here has been simply fantastic.  We had mid 70’s for every visit to the parks and it has been in that range on almost a daily basis.  We really didn’t expect that the Florida weather would be so consistently warm.  The only problem with the weather is that it has been unusually dry and to the point that there have been grass fires of the type that caused all the smoke and the horrific accident on Interstate 75.  There is smoke in the air here today as there is a controlled being conducted over on Cape Canaveral.