The Big Camping Adventure: It’s A Wrap

IMG_8971LRWe left Tampa at 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening, to get a few hours on the road before stopping for the night.   We got to the Georgia state line rest stop on I-95 north at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.  The Captain felt comfortable going 50-55 mph while towing the trailer, and since he was driving, who was I to argue?  There was a big sign at the rest stop that stated:  NO OVERNIGHT PARKING.  However, there were motorhomes and RVs and truckers all parked in the lot sleeping.  The diesel motorhome next to us had his generator running, so I am sure they were nice and comfortable.  We were exhausted.  We left the dogs in their crates in the truck and climbed into the RV which was still attached to the truck and went to sleep for a few hours.  Security didn’t bother us.

IMG_8976LRWe were back on the road again at 7:30 a.m., and it turned into a miserable day on the road, and it rained almost all the way home.  It was really slow going, some hours we only traveled 40 miles, some other hours were better, at 55 miles or so.  Of course we had to stop several times during the day to take the dogs out to stretch their legs and do their business.

We got home about 11:30 p.m., and I for one, was never so happy to see home.

What I want to remember about this adventure:

  • The excitement and anticipation when leaving home on February 11th to go and pick up the RV
  • That first night in the RV, putting things away, and organizing our home on wheels
  • The sense of community in the RV parks, the site decorations, the friendliness of the people
  • The gorgeous scenery in the Keys
  • Floating out on a raft in the Gulf
  • How warm the weather was, once we left Daytona
  • How much exercise I got — my Fitbit rocks!
  • Chirping birds in the morning
  • Sitting outside making art
  • ALL of the sunsets
  • Dinner at the Hideaway Cafe
  • How good I slept for the majority of the trip
  • Seeing the stingray at the dock
  • The manatee arriving just before sunset
  • The amazing stars and night sky at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve
  • How well the dogs did, they loved being with on the road
  • How much I missed the cats 🙁 and how happy I was to see them.

I feel so fortunate to have been able to experience this trip.  Lots of great memories, and met many wonderful folks.

Now, back at home, and can’t wait for warmer days to arrive to start working out in the yard.

 

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