Saturday, March 10, 2012

2012-5 Moving on.... Florida

Old Florida

How exciting, I’m counting down the days till I head back out on the open road.  Doing all those things required before heading out.  Checking tires, oil levels, fluids to make sure their in good condition.  Added a second battery to my camper for those dry camping excursions.

along roadside to Floral City

And I’ve been working on my Blog, cleaning it up and making a few changes.  The most noticeable one will be when a person does a search on my blog (in the upper left hand corner of the blog page).  Now if you do a search by “state”, it will show all the blog articles I’ve written about that state.  I went back through hundreds of postings and edited the Titles to include the State so the search would be more effective.  I’ve also added a favorite new link to a site called Roadside America.  It lists all those really quirky and fun places to visit in each state.  Check it out if your one of those folks that like to see the unusual and fun site seeing places.  It’s very comprehensive and I just know I’ll be using it a lot this year.

As of today, March 3rd, it’s been 3 weeks since I had my hernia surgery and I feel great.  It’s nice to finally get back into the groove and not have to be concerned about what exercise I do, how much I walk or worry about over straining myself.  And of course with my impending travels, I’ll be able to enjoy exploring our country all that much more.

At a clubhouse meeting the other day, the owner of the park introduced some new campers to the group and then reminded them to make their reservations if they were planning on coming back for next years winter season.  The wife responded, “when your over 70 you don’t buy green bananas and you definitely don’t make reservations 6 months out”.  They got a whooping response from the rest of the crowd.

Best strawberry shortcake I've ever had
Today I went to the Floral City Strawberry Festival and had the best strawberry shortcake I’ve ever had.  Homemade shortcake, real whipped cream and of course the very freshest strawberries.  They shuttle people in on school busses and it only cost $1 round trip.  Saves having to put up with heavy traffic and limited parking.

We all do projects to keep busy each day.  I have a policy of trying to do only one project a day…. That adds up to 365 projects a year. Whew, I’m exhausted just thinking about it.  My friend Ron decided to update his carpeting and mats in his older car.  He filled a spray bottle with a mixture of RIT dye and sprayed the carpeting and mats to bring back the color.  His car doors were wide open and the mats were sitting on the back hood drying.  Hope it works Ron.
What's in style in Florida

I’m in my final 11 days before heading back out on the open road.  My first two stops will be in North Florida.  Lamont Florida and Destin Florida.  With a 5 day stay in the Destin area, I’ll be able to enjoy the beaches before exiting Florida.

The Journey begins:  22 March 2012.


walterterry said...

Doug when you come back to Tucson next fall, Angela will make her home made whip cream just for you. Walt

Writers on the Road said...

Hi Doug
Hope you are on the road by now after your long stay at TPR. We wanted you to know that since we left TPR on 3/1 we have been exploring the panhandle and having a wonderful visit and wonderful weather. We found a great campground just outside Tallahasse from the 'All Stays' link on your blog - Coes Landing, small scenic, relaxing spot with hookups and 10 min from Tallahasse where there are great free museums to be enjoyed. Thanks for the link

Douglas Palosaari said...

Glad you were able to use one of the links... they can be very helpful along the way.

RV Park Reviews is another good one to try