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Yays and Oops

By on Jan 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

First, The Yays On our way to the “maybe owned by a psycho…but has a fenced dog area” RV campground today, we discovered this awesome dog park at a highway rest stop! As an added bonus, I didn’t see it right away so I first walked Teddy the other way and did some loose leash practice so it was the ultimate reward to turn around and go to the off-leash area! I was so happy not to have to walk Teddy along the highway, I picked up three bags of other dogs’ poop just to leave it nicer after we left. Here we are with my brother trying a random internet fix for my dead laptop. Someone said to take it apart and blow a hair dryer on a chip. I said, “Hey, I have a hair dryer and you (my brother) know how to take apart computers so let’s try it!” Kind of hilarious day for the onlookers but it’s been about two months now and it is still working! Last “Yay” is that we had no problems (so far…) tonight at the RV campground with the weird reviews. Owner was super nice and even offered his adjacent piece of land if we wanted to give Teddy more room to run. And, Now, The Oops It doesn’t look QUITE so bad here because we are almost out, but we ended up in a weird shopping center parking lot where the last two rows were dead ends. Didn’t expect it until we turned in and got stuck with the RV and the car attached behind. Some lady was all mad, “Hey, I’m trying to get out here!” but there was nothing we could do but unhitch the car as quick as possible and try to back out. Luckily, K is very quick at this now and the two cars in the spot you see K backed into also left right then. Whew! This was actually an Oops from last night but no one really wanted to talk about it then, as it involved a Black Tank issue. Supposedly, you are not a “real” RVer until you have a legit Black Tank Issue. I think this one qualifies because no...

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Grab A Straw

Grab A Straw

By on Jan 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We have no shortage of mysteries to confound us in our travels. I find the whole RV life curiously fascinating. First day at a new park, you get eyeballed by everyone else and then you get to eyeball the next new people. It might very well be that I am the only nosy one but there really isn’t much else to do but watch other people walk around and check out whether they have something or if they are doing something you should know about. In fact, I’ve been working with A on how to take the power back when someone is looking at you or an adult is talking to you by making eye contact right back vs. looking away and mumbling. I guess it’s working b/c he told me yesterday, “This guy was staring at me at the the park and I looked at him and said, ‘hi,’ and he stopped staring at me.” Hmm, I don’t really know what that was about but it seemed to end well. BUT, the staring guy was at this park that had exercise equipment set up all around, facing the children’s area: So the “Get a Straw” thing was on our neighbor’s shirt, with “Because You Suck” written under it. I couldn’t decide if that was creepy weird or whether I wanted one for myself. K went and asked him if he had it made but he said he found it at a store. Living The Good Life in Naples So, yes, we are staying in a 55+ mobile home park full of French Canadians – and VERY happy that they let us stay for nine days because it is high season in Naples, FL and there was no other place with openings. My mom and her cousin are in Naples for their annual winter vacation so we got to see them several times. Teddy had a nice walk along 5th Avenue with all the fancy shops and sat charmingly for some older gentleman to pet him (full disclosure: after having a much longer walk on a less-fancy street to get his ya-yas out). I did not have an Oprah sighting but I did have some of the best chocolate...

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Florida Catchup

By on Jan 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

At some point, I think we are, in fact, going to leave Florida. But, every time I look ahead on our route and see temps in the 30s, I find another Florida destination. I feel like we already “did winter” during our November in North Carolina with a morning starting at 14 degrees and a night at 25 with low propane supply. But, really, the “work” part of our trip feels like it is over now that we have hit the six month mark and our Disney week is done. Man, I spent a ton of time shaking my fist at the Mouse for all the complications and micro planning needed to manage a trip to Disney World. It ended up being fun overall, but I did not turn into a Disney person. We most enjoyed having our friend Monica join us for the week and be our first guest in the RV and having the chance to meet up with my brother and sister-in-law while we were there.       Backtracking to catch up before Disney, we left the Florida Keys the day after Christmas and headed to Big Cypress National Preserve in search of alligators. While we did see lots of them, I was disappointed to not see any just wandering around. Anyway, three days was probably enough at the preserve as there were no showers there and we had all gotten out of the desire to use the shower in the RV, especially now that it had become a storage area. From there we headed to Sarasota to fill the time before Disney, lucky to get a place to stay between Christmas and New Years. And what a place that was! Such a crazy mix of retirement mobile home/vacation living and party land. Giant pool with a big water slide, seniors whizzing around on golf carts, teenage girls walking around in bikinis, gangs of eight year old boys on bikes, big belly shirtless sunburned dudes…I don’t know that we ever quite got the hang of that place but we could ride bikes to the library and there was a Trader Joe’s so we couldn’t really complain, even when our site was next to a lady...

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Florida Keys!

By on Dec 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

This is the destination I have been pinning all my hopes upon. We are splurging on a week-long stay at White Gate Court in the Islamorada area of the Florida Keys through Christmas Day. We have a small, not-fancy cottage interspersed with six other cottages on a 3 acre waterfront property. Best of all, dogs can be off-leash throughout the property and are encouraged to swim as much as they want. “Relax, you’re on the islands!” is the motto. It’s so pretty here and every day is within my ideal temperature range so I am very...

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Florida Creatures

Florida Creatures

By on Dec 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

When no one in my family shows any interest in planning our trip, we end up on my animal-centric adventures. “Look! There’s a lake Teddy can swim in!” “Hey, we can feed a baby calf from a bottle!” “Who wants to swim with manatees?” – that kind of stuff. I know there is often a fine line between a legitimate animal sanctuary and a “private zoo” sort of place but I can’t stay away when it is someplace like this: These wolves sure looked a lot like dogs to me and there were not a whole lot of rules about going in (with the attendant) to pet them. I don’t know their back story or why they can’t live in the wild but they were very interested in us and very relaxed with meeting new people. I figured that we were “enrichment” to them – they were particularly interested in smelling my shoes. Teddy scent? We met a couple of kangaroos and fed them buttered popcorn – apparently, they don’t like it plain. Does this all horrify my animal-people friends? You may want to stop reading because we touched a bunch of other animals. The animal presentation was fascinating, with a number of different creatures coming out. You will not believe what A agreed to hold… Later, we were all brave enough to get in on the action with a 125 lb Burmese python: At the end, the attendant asked the kids if they wanted a “special” photo opportunity. They are young enough that “special” means “something good,” but I know it probably means, “something that will amuse the rest of the audience at your expense” so I was ready with the camera. Other than defrosting from the FREEZING cold weather in North Carolina and making our way to the Florida Keys, our main reason for stopping so long in this area is to do a private “swim camp” with a Total Immersion coach. Given that my first lesson started with a panic attack about being underwater, there will either be a triumphant blog post at the end of the sessions or there will never be another mention of...

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Single Riders

Single Riders

By on Dec 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

When we lived in San Diego, I avoided like the plague any situation that might require standing in line for any length of time. So, while we did go to Legoland and Sea World and the Zoo, it was always at off times and never for a whole day. (That’s the glory of season passes!) I’d see other families all cranky and yelling at their whiny kids and think to myself, “Ha! That’s not going to be me because we can just leave long before it gets to that point. WE didn’t spend a fortune on this one day that must be fun, or else.” Well, now we are facing a January trip to Disney World that is costing a relative fortune and requires a high level of fun to be had by all in order to make it worthwhile. The solution? Go to Universal Studios to practice while we are still high on celebrating our $16.89 campground just a few miles away. K wasn’t feeling great and I wanted to see all the Harry Potter stuff so it was just me and the boys. Also our first time navigating a busy day away with managing diabetes. First day – ugh! We dashed to the first Harry Potter ride we could get on before the lines started but didn’t check ahead that it was a stomach churner. Kind of turned D off on the rides for a little while but he bounced back, even letting us talk him into going on the Mummy roller coaster – after which, we could say about every other ride, “Well, it won’t be as bad as the Mummy…”   All in all, our two days at Universal turned out to be fun! AND, the Harry Potter stuff was good inspiration to get A started on reading the books. I wanted him to at least read the first one ahead of time so he’d know what all the stuff was about but he got hooked and is zooming his way through the series (and redeeming our homeschooling efforts).   But the best part about our Universal Studios experience was realizing that we are a Single Rider Family. Seeing a 30 minute wait and the...

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