Monday, December 31, 2012

Getting closer to our Destination

We woke this morning to some very cool temperatures. Cool for Jasper, FL. anyway.

Jasper, FL Morning Temperatures 55F is inside the Motorhome

Inside the Motorhome it was a cool 55F. Outside a cool 34F. Even Kybee was looking for a warm spot in the Motorhome this morning.

Aww this feels so nice and warm.

We left Jasper, FL. around 10AM with just over 250 miles to our destination for the day, Spanish Main RV Resort in Thonotosassa, FL. another Passport America park with a fee of just $11 for the night.

We pulled in around 2:30pm. The office was closed, but there was an envelope on the bulletin board with our name on it, along with several other envelopes with other camper names on them. I opened the envelope and there was a map of the park highlighting our spot. I noticed right away that it was a different site than what was told me when I made the reservation a month ago. About that time the Manager walked up to me and assured me that the map had the correct site for us. Told us to have a good stay here, as he was headed out for the night. We shook hands and wished each other a happy new year.

I proceeded to drive the Motorhome to the site following the directions on the park’s map, as Wilma followed me in the car. Arriving at my site, there was a 5th. wheel set up and was in no way going to be leaving. I returned back to the office where several ladies who also work for the park, tried to help us. They did manage to contact the Maintenance Man, who drove over to check out our site.

He returned and told me to park in site 10409, a couple sites down from the one we were supposed to be in.

Our site number

We managed to squeeze into the site, and I’m happy that I only have to stay here 1 night! Again, “you get what you pay for”. Barely squeezing between the trees, but we are here safe and sound.

Squeezed into our RV Site at Spanish Main RV Resort

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Entered Florida Today

Reminder: You must be on the blog site to view the slideshow at the end, also move your mouse over the photo’s for additional info. 

We woke up this morning in Georgia to Sunshine! How many days has it been since we have seen sunshine? I can’t remember, it’s been so long ago. I just had to take the best photo yet:

Morning Sunshine on MY Sunshine!

Wilma drinking her morning coffee with the Georgia Sunshine lighting up her face.

It's Official, we are in Florida

We only had a 50 mile drive to reach our next destination in Jasper, FL. We are staying at the Florida Gateway RV Resort another Passport America park.

Entering Florida Gateway RV Resort

We don’t know how old this park is but it looks to be a fairly young park with plenty of room for expansion. What is developed is ‘top notch’ in my book! See the slideshow for all the photo’s of this resort, and click on their link above.

There are some campsites that are equipped with outdoor hot tubs, stone fire pits, BBQ Grills and outdoor sinks.

The best campsites are here!

Our Passport America discount gave us a campsite for $22.00, on the grass and very close to our neighbors.

Our Neighbors, VERY Close campsites!

No complaints what so ever though, as our neighbors are a great young couple with 2 young boys. They are just starting out camping with their new Dodge Diesel Truck and Prowler trailer.

Give this park a few more years to improve and it’s going to be one of the best in Florida!

Enjoy the slide show.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Valdosta, GA. Wal-Mart camp.

We had just 289 miles to travel today, but with another heavy traffic jam it took us 7 hours to arrive at Wal-Mart here in Valdosta, GA.

We first breezed through Atlanta with it’s 7 lanes of traffic.

Count them, 7 lanes of traffic in Atlanta. Yep, I'm in the wrong lane. Not ready to exit yet! I was surprised that the traffic wasn’t worse than it was. It took us about 45 minutes to get through the city.

Atlanta, GA I-75 with 8 lanes for traffic. Saturday morning around 10am.

Overcast skies with drizzle made it a challenging drive. My gosh do the locals of Atlanta drive fast! Speed limit of 65 (which I was doing 60) and they were flying by me like I wasn’t even moving. Thankfully no problems through Atlanta, we thought “free sailing the rest of the way”. But it wasn’t to be.

The speed limit says 60, we were doing 0 to 7mph.

There was a lot of chatter on the CB of a stalled car in the right lane of only 2 lanes on I-75 sixty miles north of Valdosta. We timed it from when we first came to a stop 10 miles before the bottle neck, until we entered the construction zone, 1 solid hour. But again, by the time we arrived at the construction area and the bottle neck, there was no disabled vehicle. Just stop and go traffic thru the construction zone which was at least 20 miles long.  But not all was lost While we were doing the stop and go, Wilma prepared our lunch of sandwiches, chips, cookies for desert and a bottle of water. Smile

We arrived at Wal-Mart safe and sound, after the Garmin took us the wrong way off the interstate. Baring teeth smile But we managed to find it with the help of my “Smart phone”. I guess that’s why they call them “Smart phones”.

Our campsite at Wal-Mart.

We went into Wal-Mart to purchase our gourmet meal for the evening. Chicken, Chef Salad, and Red Skin potato salad.

Dinner is ready. Come on in and eat.

Wilma gave this area the thumbs up for tonight. Even though there are another 3 more RV’s in another area of the parking lot. We are in the same spot that we had last year and there were more than a dozen RV’s where we are at now.

A vacant bird nest just outside our window at Wal-Mart.

And the scenery isn’t that bad either. Just outside our window we have a vacated birds nest with Sams Store in the background. Winking smile

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Now in Adairsville, GA

We left Lexington, KY this morning by 8am. With the roads clean and dry, no snow or ice, we made good time. Getting closer to Tennessee, with the higher elevation of the Mountains we noticed some snow on the mountainsides.

Snow in the Mountains of TN.

As we climbed higher in the Mountains, the temperature dropped. Ice covered the trees.

Ice covered trees in the Mountains of TN.

But it wasn’t long and we were entering Georgia. It also wasn’t long and we found ourselves at a dead stop on I-75. Turning on the CB I heard that there was an accident 6 miles ahead with 2 of the 3 lanes blocked completely. Seems an RV was involved, jack knifed, and was on it’s side blocking 2 lanes. We don’t know how much earlier the accident happened, just that we were at a dead stop.

RV Accident 6 miles ahead, we come to a dead stop on I-75

An hour later we passed the scene of the accident. Nothing, no sign of any accident except some dirt on the side of the interstate where it could have happened. The rescue and clean up crew did one great job. Hopefully no one was hurt, although I suspect someone’s planned trip South was ruined.

The scene of the accident was just 25 miles from our next stop in Adairsville. Even so, we pulled in to Leisure Time RV Park around 3pm for the night. This park is a Passport America park, with the discount it cost us just $15.00. All I can say for this park is “you get what you pay for”. The only plus I can think of is free wi-fi.

Oh well, it’s a place to stop for a restful sleep, hopefully a quiet night. Sorry..we didn’t even want to take a picture of the place, if that tells you something. But here is a photo of Kybee. This is where he travels in the Motorhome.

Kybee's travel position, in front of the heater vent.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

On Our Way To Florida!

It started around 3pm. Did not stop until in the early morning hours of the day we were planning on leaving for Florida. We woke up to at least 10 inches of fresh, slippery, snow!

10 inches of snow fell over night!

I had to grab the snow shovel and clear a path just to get to the Motorhome. Plus last night I had to start up the snow blower and clear the area behind the motorhome so I could back it out into the street.

Had to shovel snow to get into the Motorhome.

As we closed up the house and got into the Motorhome, my driving skills were going to be put to the test. First I made it a total of about 50 feet before I was stopped by the snow depth in the street. Clearing that hurdle another was going to challenge me pulling out of our sub division onto the 4 lane main street. That one stopped me in my tracks half way into Gratiot (M-3) blocking 2 of the 4 lanes. I usually rock the vehicle when stuck, but it’s hard to do that when you have a car hitched to the motorhome. So I gave it the gas, spun the dually tires, and so slowly was able to clear that hurdle. Rolling on the floor laughing

Last look as we leave for Florida.

As I write this blog, (the next morning) Wilma and I are sitting having our morning coffee at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground. It’s a around 27F. outside, but on the good side….NO SNOW!!!!

Our plans are to arrive at a campground in northern Georgia for the next two nights. We were planning on staying at a Wal-Mart tonight, but I found a campground that will charge $11 for the night. Hopefully I’ll be able to contact them this morning and secure a spot for us.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Merry Christmas Wish from Us to You!

We woke up this morning to a fresh coat of light snow. Only about 2 inches, so it just added to the festivities of the day.

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Wilma stood outside on the deck having her morning smoke and coffee, with a thousand “things to do” today and tomorrow.

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The family was expected to arrive around 11am to open gifts and have a delicious baked chicken dinner with Wilma’s famous salad.

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The recipe was passed down from my mom, but Wilma’s version of it tastes so much better!

The family arrived on schedule, and the gift opening commenced. Smiles were seen from ear to ear, every where around the room. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed their gifts.

This evening I will be going over to see Dad, which will be the last time I see him until our return trip. I will be speaking to him on the phone every evening though, making sure everything is ok with him.

Again, Wilma and I wish you a Joyous Merry Christmas.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Surprise! It’s Tree Trimming Day.

Over our coffee this morning, Wilma and I discussed what items were on her checklist that needed to be done today. I planned on a trip to Wal-Mart, Costco, Post Office, get a hair cut, and set up my Sister-In-Law’s computer so she could start doing Google Hangouts and Facebook Video chats.

Wilma also had a number of items to do today. A trip to Meijer's, a Dr’s. appointment, and take Brooke Christmas shopping.

About an hour after Wilma left, I headed out to Wal-Mart's. Just as I walked out of the door toward my car, a City tree trimmer truck drove up.

Our City's Tree Trimming Equipment

I stopped in my tracks as I was hoping to have a word with them. To my surprise the driver exited the truck with a smile and asked if I would like my two trees trimmed. “Yes, the other trees in the neighborhood were trimmed a few years ago, and I’ve been waiting for our turn ever since”. He smiled and said he would “fix them up for us”.

I grabbed the camera so I could get those “before and after” photo’s.

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It wasn’t long after our little chat that the crew of two were hard at work trimming the trees.

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I left to take care of my errands today, and when I returned they were both cleaning up the fallen limbs. The driver approached me and said they were not completely done with the second tree as it was getting close to the end of the day. They would be back tomorrow to finish, weather permitting. He said there is rain mixed with snow that might arrive tomorrow, which they cannot work in, but that they would return when the weather permits.

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I accomplished all my errands today. Wilma did also. We hope the weather holds out so this trimming job can be completed tomorrow.

Tomorrow…..another day closer to leaving for Florida. With a thousand things yet to do to get ready. I’m very sure both Wilma and I will be busy again tomorrow.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holy Holiday are we BUSY!

My last post was back on November 10th. so I guess that shows just how busy Wilma and I have been. So much to do and the days seem to be going by even faster than last month.

The day is approaching fast when we venture on our very first “Snowbird” trip to Florida. This is something that I have been wanting to do for a long long time. So much to get done before we leave. Where do we start? The Motorhome, House, Friends and Family, Doctors, Dentist, Post Office, Insurance Company, the list just keeps going and going.

First was all the Doctor visits. Not only to our family Dr. for our annual physicals, but also to the “Specialist Doctors” for their “special exams” that were needed. Wilma had been given the “A-OK” and I am waiting for the results of one exam…. As I write this the results were just phoned to me. I passed with a clean bill of health also! That was a great relief for me.  Both Wilma and I were given a clean bill of dental health from our Dentist, and my eye Dr. said I’m in good shape for another 6 months. Even Kybee, our Pug, following his surgery, was given a clean bill of health.

For a few years now, we have hosted the Family Thanksgiving Dinner. This year was a complete success as everyone helped by bringing items to pass. I started a “Menu” using Google Docs, and everyone added their name and what they were going to bring. This worked really nice as each family member could see what the others were bringing and what needed to be brought. Needless to say, we had plenty to eat.

 Plenty of Thanksgiving Food to go around.

Wilma has been working frantically on getting all the Christmas gifts bought and wrapped. I really have to give her credit here because of the great job she has done. I believe everyone will be happy with what they receive.

Not only is she busy with the gift buying and wrapping, she is trying to keep a list of items that we need to pack into the Motorhome for our Snowbird trip. That list keeps getting longer and longer.

I am checking my list of things to do also. The “Home Monitor”, furnace, vehicles (car and motorhome), neighbors, and the house in general. Just too long of a list to mention here.

One item I just have to mention though is batteries. I have a tire monitor system that I use for the Motorhome and the car when it’s connected to the Motorhome. In a previous post you can read how this system has already paid for itself the first trip I made with them.  Each tire monitor uses a small “watch battery”. As I put on the first tire monitor, I noticed it wasn’t working. Must be a dead battery. Off I go to buy new batteries. I chose Meijer, a very busy local store something like a Wal-Mart. They checked and were all out of the size I needed, and I needed 12 of them! I guess that size is popular for Christmas gifts. I did notice the price before I left and headed over to Batteries Plus a local store that specializes in batteries. I expected to pay much more per battery there than at the local discount stores. What a surprise I had when they were 25% CHEAPER than Meijer's! Even their AA batteries were cheaper. I just found a new store that I will be doing business with when it comes to batteries, and other items as well like light bulbs, cell phone accessories, etc.

Got to go and continue packing the Motorhome, so…

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.