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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.

It's fun in the sun! I was excited to see the Gulf of Mexico here near St. Petersburg.

It’s fun in the sun! I was excited to see the Gulf of Mexico here near St. Petersburg.

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.

Monica earning her Godmother stripes on yet another Disney outing.

Monica earning her Godmother stripes on yet another Disney outing.

 

Turns out A is a big roller coaster guy (no surprise there...)

Turns out A is a big roller coaster guy (no surprise there…)

 

Best $2 I ever spent - paying A to join in on an "impromptu" dance at Animal Kingdom. He was a good sport!

Best $2 I ever spent – paying A to join in on an “impromptu” dance at Animal Kingdom. He was a good sport!

 

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.

Even playing with Teddy with a pink flamingo at the end of the flirt pole did not draw an alligator out of the lake at the campground.

Even playing with Teddy with a pink flamingo at the end of the flirt pole did not draw an alligator out of the lake at the campground.

As we learned at the visitor center, alligators don't eat very often and usually just lie around.

As we learned at the visitor center, alligators don’t eat very often and usually just lie 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.

Here's K, in case anyone was looking for him. Trying to curate my pics and get stuff organized for the blog is a big pain so i don't often have everything on hand when I get a chance to blog.

Here’s K, in case anyone was looking for him. Trying to curate my pics and get stuff organized for the blog is a big pain so i don’t often have everything on hand when I get a chance to blog.


Selfie out on a windy pier on the Gulf of Mexico - searching for dolphins but didn't see any.

Selfie out on a windy pier on the Gulf of Mexico – searching for dolphins but didn’t see any.

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