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 who more than once stepped in dog poop and started yelling that she was going to kill the next dog she sees. I think we are building a high tolerance for crazy people.
After a stop for four nights at Fort DeSoto State Park where I fell in love with St. Petersburg, we headed to Naples, FL to wait out more of the cold weather and meet up with my mom and her cousin on their annual trip to FL. We are here till the 24th and then we are moving west.