Thursday, January 29, 2015

Canaveral National Seashore

We had a beautiful day of weather that allowed us to spend a relaxing afternoon at the beach.  This time we skipped all the beachfront humanity of Coach Beach and headed out to the Canaveral National Seashore.  The beach is on a barrier Island that also houses the Kennedy Space Center.  This 24 mile long stretch of Atlantic Ocean beach is the longest stretch of undeveloped pristine shoreline in Florida.  The National Park Service administers the area.

I fixed a picnic lunch which we enjoyed sitting in our folding chairs under a beach umbrella as the waves rolled in and out.  Gary pulled out his metal detector for the first time in a long time hoping that Spanish Doubloons would be found in the sand.  But as it was the first time in a long time, maybe he should have checked if the batteries were charged and if there was a spare set.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Changes Could Be Coming

1969402_10203919716578159_3932831341296515677_nLast week we drove over to the West Coast (of Florida that is) and spent two days touring the Tampa RV Supershow.  We had gone to this RV show three years ago and it is amazing.  There are somewhere between 1,200 and 1,500 RVs on display.  Last time, we attacked this giant show all in one day heading out at the crack of dawn and not returning to our motor home until midnight after enjoying an evening in Tampa as well.  This time we drew on our experience and made it a two-day affair.  We had enough points from our trip North to secure a free night’s stay at a motel directly across from the entrance to the Fairgrounds.  Leaving a little later, we avoided the traffic crush and simply parked at the motel avoiding the parking fee in the process.  The entrance fee is good for two consecutive days of entry so we took advantage of that as well.  We had dinner one night and lunch the next day in Tampa and had a nice little vacation away from the motor home in Titusville.  While wading through the throng of people, we just happened to bump into our full timing classmates and friends Toni and Daryle.  I think this was the fifth encounter we had had with them in our 3 1/2 years of full timing.  And they were married since we last saw them as well.  Congratulations Toni and Daryle.  And, oh, Toni was taking the picture.

So, about these potential changes, we looked at a lot of different things at the show and some were very interesting to us such as this rig.


But no, we are not going to buy a $2 million Newell, a favorite of NASCAR drivers.  But we are seriously contemplating some changes.  So, stay tuned.  We might just be making a change………or not.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Fresh Squeezed

DSCN1932At least part of Willow Lakes RV Park at one time was an orange grove.  Back in some of the undeveloped areas, there still are orange trees.  We availed ourselves of these oranges when we were here three years ago and we could hardly wait until they ripened up this year.  They weren’t quite ready up to the time of our departure to the North, but when we got back it seemed they had pretty well ripened.  The trees no longer are tended so they don’t produce huge quantities of uniform oranges like in the commercial groves, but they still are sweet and very juicy, just a little hard to get to with all the “jungle” that has grown up around them.  Shown to the right is our first batch of the season, and below is our “super duper juicer” we found via Craigslist and finally the finished product.  We gave the small container of juice to one of our neighbors as a partial payment toward the future use of their pole-mounted orange picker.  We won’t be drinking juice from frozen concentrate – at least this Winter – just fresh squeezed from FREE oranges.  Ahhhhhhhhh.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hot Weather–Let’s Go To The Beach

In part, that title is for our northern friends and family as we know they are now suffering through by far their coldest conditions this Winter.  But as the beach trip was Sunday, the cold front has pushed even into Florida and we had our coldest night too last night – 39 and today it is only in the low 60s.

020But on Sunday the forecast for the Space Coast was in the low-to-mid 80s – near the record high.  The sun was shining and we made our first trip of the season to the beach.   The closest beach would be out on Cape Canaveral but that is undeveloped and very secluded – well, except for the nude sunbathers we encountered out there 3 years ago.  Our beach of choice is Cocoa Beach just down from “I Dream Of Jeannie” Lane.   We set up not far from restaurant Coconuts on the Beach which has bathrooms, live music, and food and cold beverages.  We took our folding chairs and umbrellas; we have only had to replace one of our two $6 Harbor Freight umbrellas in our 3 and a half years of fulltiming.


We didn’t go into the ocean.  Portuguese Man of War were washing up and we didn’t want to be stung.  And we already noted that Coconuts has bathrooms.  It was great being out on sandy beach and watching and listening to the waves roll in.

Lions_logoAfter the beach we trekked down to the town of Melbourne and found a place to watch our Detroit Lions……….yes, in the NFL playoffs.  We have noted in another blog or two that we are long-suffering Lions fans.  And in our first step toward the elusory Super Bowl title, well, in a word we were jobbed  NEVER in the history of the NFL has a defense been flagged for pass interference, the refs announce the penalty, spot the ball accordingly, and then without any explanation just pick up the flag and respot the ball from 1st and 10 back to 4th and long.  But then the Cowboys at Green Bay was the dream matchup for this weekend.  WE WERE JOBBED!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Holiday Travels

Our trip to the Midwest in the car for Christmas totaled 2,600 miles, 13 nights, 4 motels, Christmases in both Michigan and Ohio, 3 dentist visits, and many restless nights for the Alley Cat but we would not have been without our families.  Before we left, we did have a chance to “decorate” the motor home and car.


The lights on the luggage rack were a big hit as we received many a thumbs up from other drivers and pedestrians.

Christmas with my family was hosted by my sister and her new little doggy, Frizz both dressed in their best Christmas garb.  And her living room was filled with presents.


In Ohio with Natasha and Andy, of course little Victor was the star of the show.  How could that boy be any cuter?