Part of the reason that Liz and I want to RV fulltime is the adventure that comes along with it. Because of certain things that occurred in our lives, we both decided that we wanted to travel more while we still could, plus add a little adventure to our life. Not jump in a snake pit adventure, but something more than we had in Brunswick, GA. We both find ourselves getting bored at being in the same place all the time. We love the Golden Isles of Georgia and the people there, but it does get boring going down the same roads every day to the same stores doing basically the same thing. Going on a cruise or taking a couple weeks vacation here ant there didn’t seem to be enough. RV’ing provides new places, new faces and new challenges almost every day and you can limit the adventure to whatever you are comfortable with. It is also helpful to have resources available if you need them. I’m not so sure that I would have been as enthusiastic about this adventure if the internet were not available. It has changed everything regarding RV’ing. It provides an invaluable resource for everything from campgrounds, weather, online shopping, RV forums, how to do it videos and much much more. If you have an issue, it is so easy to tap into the collective knowledge of the entire RV community. The internet is a topic unto itself, so let me get onto our current adventure.
We are in Milton, FL just east of Pensacola on our way to Mission, TX. The weather has been extremely warm on the entire East coast. While in Ft. Myers we had daily temperatures in the mid 80’s with bright sunshine. That is even warm for Ft. Myers in late December. Traffic over the Christmas holiday has been extremely heavy. It took us over 7 hours to go 300 miles from Ft. Myers to Lake City, Fl on Saturday. We had two slowdowns, with the worst being over an hour delay. Both were accidents that spawned more accidents from the “rubberneckers”. Let me just say that Interstate 75 from Atlanta to Naples is a monster! However, our travel from Lake City to the Milton KOA was uneventful and I 10 was more forgiving than I 75. Our plan was to stay the night and then head to one of the casinos in Biloxi or Gulf Port for a couple nights before meeting up with our friends in Duson, LA. However, the tragic Christmas weekend storms in the South are now affecting us. The weather for Monday, our travel day, is for heavy rain and winds gusting to 30 plus miles an hour. Not a scenario that I want to drive a 40 foot bus in. So we went back to the campground office and booked an extra day so that we could avoid the Continue reading RV Adventures and Schedules→
I haven’t talked much about expenses on the road. For the most part it seems, for us anyway, we live on the road like we do at the house. We don’t have a budget that we follow and we do pretty much what we want each month. We may spend a little more on entertainment or expenses needed to explore a new area such as tours, museums, sites of special interest, etc. than we do at home. I figure that if we are going to travel, we need to get the most out of each place we visit. Sometimes it does cost a little more than planned, but that’s ok as long as it’s not every day. I always say, “but we are on vacation” and Liz reminds me that we can’t always be on vacation. I want to try though. : )
We splurged a little the last two days. We did eat in on Tuesday, but we stopped at the fish market in Ft. Myers and bought a Swordfish steak for Liz and a nice piece of Chilean Sea Bass for me. Liz pan seared both of them and they were delicious. Then on Wednesday we went to see Star Wars at the IMAX theater and tickets with popcorn and sodas was $50 – YIKES. We did have a $25 Fandango gift card left from my birthday so that helped. We followed up the movie with dinner at Carrabbas’ Grill which turned out to be about $50 too. We enjoyed both experiences.
We decided that we would take another Christmas trip this year as we had so much fun last Christmas in Naples, FL. We spent Thanksgiving with our kids and they were all planning on Christmas with the in-laws so it was a perfect getaway time. We decided this year that we would go to Ft. Myers instead of Naples. The only real reason for the change this year is that we liked going to Sanibel and Bonita Springs last year and we wanted to go again, and Ft. Myers is closer. They have a great dog beach in Bonita Springs and we want to take Montana there again this year. We were afraid to let him off lead last year as he tends to not have great recall, but we might just roll the dice and let him go this time. We left on Friday December 18th and had a one night layover at Blueberry Hill Resort in Bushnell, FL (Passport America $18) before arriving at our destination of Woodsmoke Camping RV resort in Ft. Myers, FL. It was a very windy trip with quite a bit of traffic. Thank goodness for Comfort Drive on the Newmar. It really helped handle the winds.
I know it has been forever since I last posted on this blog. I’m sure I am now a candidate for the Bloggers Hall of Shame, but life got in the way somewhat once we returned from Indiana and I haven’t taken the time to update things on this site. It takes more time than one thinks to blog, at least for me. I want to try to, not only talk about our adventures, but also relate some type of RV related information that could be helpful to others out there on the road. I have received some feedback from a few folks who do read my posts and that is incentive to keep on posting when I can. So thank you to all those who read about our adventures or happen to stumble across these posts and take the time look at them. Doing this allows me to keep a record of our experiences and provides a little “expressive relief” to how I’m thinking at a particular time.