Greetings from Florida

Wow it has been almost two months since I last posted.  It has been a busy time for us and I will try to do better in the future.  We are now back to traveling so our life is at a different stage again.

In January we spent a week in Orlando Florida at a timeshare.  While there, we visited Disney parks – got to them all and enjoyed ourselves greatly.  We met our friends Louise and Ray from Ct and enjoyed visting with them.  Poor Ray had the flu when we arrived and I think he shared it with us.  When we left Florida Tim was not feeling well and spent the next week sick.  He got better and I got it.  That is the first time in about 10 years that I have been that sick – felt alful and could not get rid of the cough for weeks.

The rest of January and the first week of February were spent in Charleston – visiting with our daughter Susan,  our son-in-law Jerry and our three beautiful granddaughters.  I just loved going over and playing with the girls – of course Grandmom thinks they are perfect – and we have soooo much fun.  Tim also had lasik surgery and is quite pleased with the results.  Now I can see those beautiful blue eyes much better – they still get to me after all these years.

We left Charleston on Feb 11th and headed south to Fort Stewart – just outside of Savannah.  The campground was just beautiful – like a state park with huge sites.  Tim lived at Fort Stewart when he was a baby – his dad was in the Army at the time.  The base is located approx 15 miles from I-95 with nothing on it.  They have a few signs about drving and this one really made us laugh.  It said “Do not lose your head to save a minute, you need your head – your brains are in it.  While in the area we visited Fort Pulaski National Monument, Old Fort Jackson, Tybee Island, Fort Stewart Museum,  Fort Morris State Historic Site and our favorite was Ft McAllister.  Our week spent in Georgia was very delightful and beautiful weather until the day we had to leave.  It was just pouring – we would have stayed longer but we had made reservations and paid at Mayport Naval Station in Mayport, Florida. 

We arrived and the sun came out.  We would be able to stay for three nights only – all the snow birds are in Florida and gettig into campgrounds has proven to be quite a job.  While at Mayport we drove to St Augustine and toured the town.  We had lunch at Milltop Tavern and enjoyed listening to the guy playing the guitar and talking to a nice couple from Canada.  We invested in the Old Town Trolley Tours and rode the trolley around listening to the guide – he was from Manchester Ct explain to us all the sites in St Augustine.  Very interesting.  We toured the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument which is the oldest masonry fort in the US.  It was built by the spanish in 1672.

Another day we toured Kingsley Plantation – the oldest plantation in the state of Florida.  It was very interesting but the home is closed until the federal government gets the money to repair the home.  They had the old slave quarters, barn, and gardens.    We then rode to Talbot Island State Park – walked out on the boardwalk to the water and drove thru the campground.  We stopped in the Parkway Grill in Fernandia Beach and had a wonderful lunch.  Across the street was a vegetable stand with home grown tomatoes.  Do you know how happy we got – good tomatoes in February – unheard of in Ct at this time of the year.  We even took the ferry across the St John River from Mayport to Ft George Island.  Another fun day.

We left Mayport and took the backroads to Patrick Air Force Base which is located near Cocoa Beach.  We spent one night as the campground was full and only dry camping allowed.  That means no hookups – so no computer or tv – Tim and I go into withdrawal when that happens.

Friday am we took an old route and saw orange and grapefruit groves for miles and miles.  Reminded us of being in Iowa when all we saw was corn.  We arrived at Lake Kissimmee State Park in Lake Wales Florida.  This would be our home for the next three nights.  The park has an old 1876 cow camp with spanish cows and an old cowboy that talks to you as it was 1876.  Really cool.  The park is very pretty and sits on a huge lake.  We saw deer, wild turkeys, and sandhill cranes. 

Our hitch had been riding wrong so we moved it one day – I try to help but sometimes I wonder what help I really am.  We did get it moved and then took a ride into Lake Wales.  We toured the Grove House Citrus Museum and Visitor Center for Florida’s Natural Orange Juice.  Very interesting and different.  One night we even had a campfire – this is a rare thing as so many campgrounds do not allow this. 

We left on Monday moring and arrived at Little Manatee River State Park.  This campground was also full and they only could accomadate us for one night.  We decided to just stay hooked up to the truck – wow was that easy to leave the next mornig.  We sat outside and enjoyed the nice weather.

We are now at Encore Winter Quarters RV Resort in Lutz Florida.  This is quite expensive but we sit on the lake and the view is very pretty.  We are here to visit my sister Ann – visit the area and just have fun.  Yesterday we took a ride to Dunedin and were ready to have lunch when the campground called and said water was pouring out of our camper.  Gosh did that scare us – all we could imagine is water everywhere.  As it turned out it was the tank overflowed – all the damage was outside – thank goodness.

Today I had my eyes checked and was informed that my cataracts need to be operated on.  Now we need to decide where to get this done.  Stay tuned.

I will try to write more often – miss all our friends and family