Sanibel Island – June 2018

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Drove Ka Hale over to the west coast of Florida for Father’s Day.  Stayed at the only RV park on Sanibel Island; Periwinkle Park & Campground.  There were a couple of ponds and a lot of RV and “tiny home” spots.  The snowbirds had left for the season so we had the place pretty much to ourselves.  We had a nice, private and shady spot.

Periwinkle Park & Campground is a bird lovers delight. They feature many species of exotic and native birds including toucans and macaws, plus the brown & ringtail lemurs add a mix to their aviary.

Just a short walk/bike ride to the white sandy beach.  We had expected more collectable shells, but it was not prime time.  Each day we spent our mandatory time on the beach.

Drove over to the exclusive residential island of Captive; saw all of Sanibel and some of it’s shops; went by the Sanibel lighthouse.

We will certainly come back.  Maybe next April when the temperature is more moderate.

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Key Largo – June 9 – 13, 2018

Headed down to Key Largo in the Ka Hale.  Met up with neighbors Rob & Nancy who have a condo down there.  Also, brother Ron and his family were renting a condo so we all got together several times.

We stayed at the Riptide Motel & RV Park.  Nice place right on the Gulf of Mexico.

Was able to get out and paddle board every day.  Even had one sunset trek.  It rained a bit, but all in all we had a good time.  Took a drive down to Marathon Key to check out RV parks and the state park for our next trip.

 

Fort Wilderness/Disney – May 2018

Took the Ka Hale over to Disney’s Fort Wilderness campground for three nights.

Beautiful facility with a paved, shade, roomy site.  Huge, manicured grounds.  Great for riding the bikes around.

Disney’s transportation network made it extremely easy to get to any of their parks.

The first day we visited Hollywood Studios.  The highlight rides were Stars Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far, Away, Aerosmith’s Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, Indiana Jones & Tower of Terror.  Most were fast and crazy roller coaster rides that got your hearts pumping.

The second day it was onto Disney Animal Kingdom.  It’s their 20th anniversary and boy they have some great animal rides.  Including Kilimanjaro Safari, Expedition Everest, Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, Kali RiverRapids and Maharajah Jungle Trek.  I could not believe how authentic the Himalaya towns and rides were (having just been to the real thing myself).  The Everest roll a coaster was wicked and we’re not sure I’d do that one again.

Cedar Key, Florida April 23 – 25, 2018

Had a wonderful three day camping trip to Cedar Key on the west coast of Florida.

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Cedar Key is like a mini Key West.  We really enjoyed walking around the small downtown area, the marina and through some of the neighborhoods.  Had Tony’s “famous, award wining”, clam chowder.  We will be back!

Flagler Beach, Florida April 21 & 22 2018

Quick RV trip to Beverly Beach just north of Flagler Beach, Florida for my brother Ron’s 70th birthday.

The RV park is literally on the beach!  A wonder spot.  Weather was a bit rough.  Windy, some rain and blown out surf.  But we all managed to have a good time and will be back!

Lake Rousseau – Crystal River, Florida

 

We decided to get away for the weekend with Barry’s brother Ron and his wife Tiffany.  They would follow us in their Class C motorhome to Lake Rousseau RV Park in Crystal River, Florida.

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The campground is nestled in a vast canopy of ancient live oak trees at the water’s edge on the Nature Coast of Florida.  Located in a secluded, unspoiled area only 10 miles northeast of Crystal River and 10 miles southwest of Dunnellon.  Lake Rousseau is fed by the Withlacoochee River and the natural springs of the Rainbow River, which flow into the Withlacoochee at Dunnellon. These two rivers provide Lake Rousseau with an abundant supply of water and bass, crappie, and bluegill to boot!   The RV park has a bait and tackle shop and heated swimming pool on plus bathhouses, laundry, and a clubhouse.

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We both had nice campsites.  Ron & Tiffany decided to explore Crystal River while we explored the lakeside campgrounds and cooked dinner at the RV.

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Sunday afternoon we drove leisurely home through the backroads of Central Florida.  We had a good time and hope to come back.

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St Augustine Christmas Lights 2017

We drove the Ka Hale to St Augustine to enjoy the wonderment of the “Nights of Lights” when St. Augustine glows with holiday magic – from the ground to the rooftops.  St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights features millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s Oldest City.

We camped at the lakeside St. Augustine KOA on Anastasia Island, which is well-situated to explore the historic city of St. Augustine.   The city has a free convenient parking area for RV’s & buses.

 

Weekend In Jensen Beach, Florida

We decided to drive the Ka Hale down to Jensen Beach for the weekend.  It is about two hours south on the Treasure Coast.  We camped at Pitchford RV Trailer park.  It was across Indian River Road from the river and walking distance into town.

After setting up, we walked into town.  A cute small town located right on the Indian River.

We decided to eat at Mulligans’ on their second story balcony over looking the river.  A great looking beach place with fabulous food.

Sunday, after a huge breakfast at Jan’s Restaurant downtown,  we drove the slow road home along the river.  It was a nice weekend getaway.

FSU Trip

Took the Ka Hale back to Tallahassee to see the FSU Louisville game.  It was a good game but one play cost us the win.  We camped again at the Civic Center and had easy access to downtown, the campus and the stadium.

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We started the visit at an Alumni party at the Alumni house on Tennessee Street.  They had a great band.

From there we headed downtown (via a pedicab) to the Downtown Getdown.  This year they moved it to closer to the school.  Another good band and lots of eating opportunities.

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Saturday morning we went to the Coke a Cola tailgate party next to the stadium.  Great brunch.  Visited by the cheerleaders.  Nice was to prepare for the game.

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The game started with paratroopers landing on the field.  Then, of course, Chief Osceola and Renegade made their classic entrance.  We enjoyed some great music by the Marching Seminoles and then watched the game from some good seats.  We had fun.  Just wish we could have pulled off a win.

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FSU vs NCS September 2017

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Took the Ka Hale to Tallahassee for the Florida State/North Carolina State game.  Dry camped in the Civic Center Parking lot.  It was very convenient to the FSU campus, the stadium and to downtown.

After getting settled, we took a walk around FSU’s campus.  Barry was reliving his time here 40 years ago.  Boy has it changed.

Friday night was Downtown Get Down.  We had a good time visiting the vendors, listening to music and then having dinner at a spot right in front of the stage.

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The game was scheduled for noon so the tailgate started early.  We had some good muchies and had a good time mingling with our fans & the cheerleaders!

We had great seats (45 yard line) and really enjoyed the game.

It was hot and it was a shame FSU lost.  But, all in all, the weekend was a blast.  Saturday night after the game we went back to downtown (much quieter!) and had a nice pizza dinner at the Brick Haus.